Earlier today, OnePlus finally pulled the curtain off of their 2017 “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 5. The new phone is the company’s most expensive yet, but it provides several top-notch, first-ever features that may be worth the increase in price.
The first big feature on the OnePlus 5 is the camera. On the rear the phone has a dual-camera system comprised of a primary 16MP f/1.7 and a 20MP monochrome sensor. Like the iPhone 7 Plus (which the OnePlus 5 closely resembles), the OnePlus 5 uses these cameras for two main functions. The first is for a special portrait mode that enhances pictures of other people. It also uses one of the sensors for optical zoom.
OnePlus’ other big feature on the OnePlus 5 is the raw power. Like other OnePlus flagships before it, the 5 goes overkill in the spec department, offering up a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. There’s no microSD card slot, but with the quick UFS 2.1 storage included, most users should be just fine.
The OnePlus 5 does miss out on a few things, like waterproofing and a bezel-less display, but it gets about everything else right across the board. The phone includes a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, fingerprint sensor, 16MP front facing camera, Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS, and a 3,300 mAh battery with super quick Dash Charging.
OnePlus is opening up sales today for the OnePlus 5 to customers who use the code “Clearer Photos” at this link, with general sales opening up on June 27th. Pricing for the top tier “Midnight Black” model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage lands at $539 while the slightly lesser “Slate Grey” model lands at $479 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.