OnePlus 5 review
Highest resolution dual camera in the world
Our OnePlus 5 review find the world’s highest resolution dual camera system on offer and the results are impressive. This without a doubt makes the OnePlus 5 one of the best camera phones of 2017, up there with the likes of the iPhone 8 Plus.
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Durable aluminium design
The OnePlus 5 has a space-grade anodised aluminium unibody that is coloured in either Slate Grey or Soft Gold. When placed under light, a continuous ‘Horizon Line’ which runs along the edges, creates eye-catching shadows.
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The single piece of aluminium is fixed onto a sheet of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which protects the display from knocks and scratches. Together, these elements create a form that is 7.25mm slim and weighs in at only 153g.
Optic AMOLED display and performance
The OnePlus 5 uses Samsung AMOLED screen technology and this has been tweaked with software to create what OnePlus calls Optic AMOLED. The software makes a variety of corrections to ensure a more natural viewing experience that has excellent clarity, even under bright sunlight.
The 5.5” Optic AMOLED Full HD display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, equating to an impressive 401 pixels per inch.
The performance of the OnePlus 5 is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz processor with up to 8GB RAM. This generates a faster performance, compared to previous OnePlus phones, while also reducing battery drain.
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Further improving the overall build quality, we find a RGB notification LED. There is also a 3.5mm and Type-C audio port, for the support of both new and old types of earphones and headphones.
Phone Set Up
The OnePlus 5 has a fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds. This can be used to set up a Secure Box where files are encrypted and photos and videos can be kept private.
Storage space is plentiful with either 64GB or 128GB of memory. Dual-lane technology is in play here and this makes access to the memory faster than ever before.
The OnePlus 5 uses the Oxygen OS, which is based on the Android Nougat operating system. Here OnePlus has made a series of adjustments and enhancements that gives a new twist to the experience.
Features include an Alert Slide that has three positions, making it easy to switch between ring, do not disturb and silent. Viewing notifications has also been made easier with the Lift Up Display feature enabling you to take a peak at notifications, just by lifting up the phone.
Special modes can be chosen for certain circumstances. The Gaming DND Mode mutes notifications, blocks mail and disables keys. Reading Mode reduces eyestrain with an e-reader grey-scale colour filter, that filters out blue light. Reading apps can also be set to automatically enter Reading Mode when opened.
The OnePlus 5 learns usage patterns and assigns priority resources to the apps that you use most, so that they open quicker than before. Sound and music is delivered through a bottom-facing speaker, with Dirac HD Sound and Dirac Power Sound enhancements.
Camera & Video
High resolution dual camera
The OnePlus 5 has the world’s highest resolution dual camera. This comprises of a 20MP telephoto lens and a 16MP wide angle lens. The benefits of this include 2x optical zoom and Portrait Mode photography.
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Portrait Mode creates a depth effect through the use of the two sensors. This means that the subject and environment are separated so that the photographer can progressively blur the background, for that special bokeh effect.
There are many OnePlus 5 camera modes to play around with and these include Pro Mode, Clear Image, Dynamic Denoise, Panorama, HQ, HDR and RAW image capture. Smart Capture is included so that setting adjustments are made automatically, matching them to the environment.
The camera has a 40% faster focus, compared to the OnePlus 3T. The camera can also record 4K video, Time Lapse video and Slow Motion video at 120 frames per second.
High resolution selfie camera
The OnePlus 5 has an equally impressive 16MP selfie camera. This high resolution is rare indeed and it is paired up with features such as Face Beauty, Smile Capture, Screen Flash and HDR.
The OnePlus 5 comes with Dash Charge and a Dash Charger. The system allows the phone to gain one day’s use from only a 30 minute charge. Dash Charge provides consistent charging speeds that do not slow down or heat up the battery, in the way that many other charging systems do.
The battery has a 3,300mAh capacity and there is a 20% better battery life overall, compared to previous OnePlus phones.
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Written by: Michael Brown