The OnePlus 5 is the latest smartphone release that is looking to corner the largely unrepresented market for devices under $500. But they still manage to pack a lot of power and features into their handset.
OnePlus 5 Tech Specs
It isn’t the most powerful phone out there, but for the price it is hard to beat. Under the hood there is a 2.45 GHz Snapdragon 835 processor, which places it in the running with much more expensive devices. It holds a whopping 6GB of RAM, which is going to be a huge draw for those who have been looking to go 4 GB+ for the performance.
There is only one storage option of 64GB for the 6 GB RAM, but there is 128 GB for the 8 GB RAM model. Unfortunately they have gone the route of most manufacturers and haven’t provided a microSD slot, so no expandable memory. Those of us still reluctant to rely on the cloud are running out of options.
The battery is strong at 3,300mAh, and it has a fast charge time. Again, they are following trends and went with non-removable. Frustrating, but not surprising as most brands are sticking to that format these days.
While the screen has great resolution at 1080 x 1920 pixels with 401 ppi, it is a little on the small side. It comes in 5.5″, and in spite of being compared in design to the iPhone 7 it could have been better if it was a little larger. Otherwise the Optic AMOLED display comes with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
The operating system will be Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), which is to be expected given the release date. A lot of fuss has been made over the 20 MP camera, so if you take a lot of photos and video you will be happy.
OnePlus 5 Reviews
So far the reviews have been pretty positive. Many of the design features are a bit old school, such as the side switch that controls the volume mode on the side of the phone. Little touches like that, as well as the dead space on the front where the screen doesn’t extend, are reminiscent of older iPhone models, such as the 4S.
But the hardware is solid, it packs a serious punch, and all for $479. If you are looking for a less expensive option that still offers you more modern perks this is a better choice than anything brands like Motorola have released in the past year.