One Plus 5 Full Hands On Review -The Flagship Killer is Back


OnePlus has returned. With a further increase in price, the Chinese manufacturer has presented the fourth edition of its Flagship Killer, according to his own words.

The most powerful version of the OnePlus 5, with 128 GB of memory and 8 GB of RAM, has arrived in our hands. Although we have to say that in terms of software has hobbled a bit, that is because it is still not the final version. 



OnePlus 5 – Availability and price

The 6/64 GB version of the OnePlus 5 will cost 499 euros and will only be available in gray. The 8/128 GB version will reach 559 euros and will be black. The price difference between the two variants is quite lower compared to other smartphones. The online sale from will  start on June 27th.

With a special code you can get it sooner. It will also be available at pop-up stores in New York on June 20 and 21 in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

OnePlus 5 – Design and finishing

The OnePlus 5 is very reminiscent of the iPhone 7 Plus, but from the first second in the hands you can tell the difference. The OnePlus 5 is significantly more ergonomic thanks to its rounded back, while the iPhone has it flat.

The screen is protected against falling and scratching thanks to Gorilla Glass 5. Surely it will be the soft aluminum frame that over time shows the signs of age. The housings that came in the box have proved to be an excellent protection since they cover both the aluminum surface and the edges of the 2.5D screen.

Among the OnePlus production, tests is the immersion in water for 20 seconds, which has passed the OnePlus 5 without problem.This does not mean that the smartphone has an IP certificate, but it could survive the water in case the owner is a bit clumsy.

OnePlus 5 – Screen

The Full HD display continues to depend on an AMOLED panel, that is, brightness increases in profiles such as sRGB or DCI-P3. In addition, the manufacturer has added some features additions such as night mode and reading mode.

While other smartphone manufacturers already offer higher resolutions, OnePlus still relies on relatively simple display technology. Efforts are being made to optimize software-based visualization. Thus we have that the night mode is activated automatically until dawn or that the reading does it when opening certain applications. The latter changes the screen from white to black to darken and also softens the color red. The minimum brightness, however, stays somewhat higher than other screens like  Xiaomi Mi 6 or Huawei Mate 9 .

The screen of the OnePlus 5 has excellent control of automatic brightness, which works quickly and gives the impression that the screen always has the same brightness; Either in a dimly lit room or in sunny exteriors.

OnePlus 5 – Special Functions

Already in the OnePlus 2 we saw the slider to mute the smartphone. This feature is unusual in the Android ecosystem and was copied from Apple. In the settings we find ‘Sound to ring’, ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Silence’. Each of them can be configured later in the software.

The OnePlus 5 supports two nano-SIM cards and is supposedly compatible with all LTE bands in the world.

OnePlus 5 – Software

The OnePlus 5 is equipped with Oxygen OS 4.5.0 based on Android 7.1.1. The software I’m testing now is not the definitive one, so I still can not offer an appropriate verdict. In fact, I have experienced certain errors related, among other things, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. On the other hand, the battery has also shown certain problems because the services worked in the background.

With the software running normally, I can say that Oxygen OS is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated layers of Android. There is a Dark Mode that wrapped the menus in a theme in white on black; There is a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode for games (goodbye to pop-up notifications while playing!); There is a closet for applications and files; There are gestures that allow us to launch applications from the lock screen and off with a simple gesture; And many more functions that will come with the update.

The OnePlus service is prepared to assist you in any issue related to unlocking bootloader, firmware change or root. Also, if you are a fan of ROMs, you can experience the OnePlus 5 without risk.

The software interface is very minimalist and faithful to the Google style. The OnePlus Launcher closely resembles the Pixel Launcher. We also emphasize that it supports Google Assistant and that the pre-installed applications are the ones of Google, to which we have to add OnePlus-Community-App.

OnePlus 5 – Performance

The performance and quality of the camera have been the two themes that have focused the engineers of OnePlus. As a result, and as expected, the OnePlus 5 is one of the fastest smartphones on the market.

Given that the firmware is not yet the definitive we should not take as its final word its Benchmarks results. Although, we can say that thanks to the 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4x and 128 GB UFS 2.1 memory, we have shorter charging times than other smartphones.

The combination of the new Wi-Fi and LTE antennas in the Snapdragon chipset make online data performance also the fastest at the moment. In practice, I have been able to download a 50 MByte application over WiFi (5 GHz) in three seconds and in four more seconds I was able to install and open it. For everything else, we also have Bluetooth 5.0.

OnePlus 5 – Audio

OnePlus does not get on the stereo music train and holds its OnePlus 5 with a mono speaker, which is located on the bottom of the unit. The quality of the calls is reinforced by the reduction of noise, so we can understand the person who is on the other side without problems in noisy environments.

The equalizer is only activated when we connect a headset through the analog connector and not if we pair them via Bluetooth. OnePlus leans on Dirac HD Sound to provide better sound quality.

OnePlus 5 – Camera

The second priority in the development of the OnePlus 5 has been the cameras. The new model features a dual main camera, which features a 20 MP and 16 MP lens. This allows for a real 2x zoom as well as interesting depth of field effects.

Technically we are facing a Sony IMX 398 sensor with 16 megapixels, 1.12 μm, a f / 1.7 aperture and an electronic image stabilization; The other lens is a Sony IMX 350 sensor of 20 megapixels, 1.0 μm and aperture f / 2.6. Finally, we have a bicolor LED flash, and no trace of a laser focus, so we can only focus manually or with phase detection.

Images can be taken in RAW or DNG optionally, although the difference in internal memory will be noticeable. Videos are recorded in 4K at 30 fps, 1080p resolution can be 60 or 30 fps and recording at 720p supports 30 fps. We have the slow motion function at 720p at 120 fps and there is also a ‘Timelapse’ mode possible in both HD and FullHD.

The front camera hides a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 371 sensor with 1.0 μm and an f / 2.0 aperture. Here, we also have an electronic image stabilizer signed by Qualcomm and videos in 1080p and 30 fps, as well as ‘Timelapse’.

The application of the OnePlus 5 camera is simple and easy to understand. To turn it on we have to press the on / off button twice. To take a picture we can either click on the screen or click the center of the volume button. The camera is very fast and almost always hits the first one.

Many smartphones currently offer Bokeh filters, so the OnePlus 5 could not miss. Although, unfortunately, its mode is not the best one that has tried and does not treat very well the edges of the objects, as it is seen in the superior example.

We will offer you a definitive test when we can test the camera in depth and with the new software, which could re-adjust the filters and affect the subsequent processing of images.

OnePlus 5 – Battery

My experience with the battery has not been very good, but that is probably because the software is not the definitive one. For example, the screen was lit arbitrarily in my pocket and that ended my battery.

What I can say for the moment in this section is that the Dash Charge Rapid Charging technology is wonderful. And if you want to always have the maximum speed you should not change the red cable of Dash Charge by the manufacturer.

In a test we have done separately we have discovered that Dash Charge is the fastest charger. In half an hour was able to load the OnePlus 5 to 60%. We only noticed some slowness in the last 20%.

OnePlus 5 – Technical Specifications

DIMENSIONS: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
WEIGHT: 153 gr
SCREEN SIZE: 5.5 inches
FRONTAL CAMERA: 16 megapixels
REAR CAMERA: 16 megapixels
ANDROID VERSION: 7.1.1 – Nougat
8 GB
128 GB
CHIPSET: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
NUMBER OF CORES: Referring to Fig.

First verdict

The OnePlus 5 is a very good terminal. It has good design, is fast as an arrow, takes good photos and thanks to its components offers good battery life as well. Unfortunately, still my opinion is not final because this test device does not present the final software and I have come across some obstacles. As soon as we get the update with performance optimization we will update this hands-on. Undoubtedly, if those small defects are corrected we would be before the smartphone of the year.

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