You probably watched parts of today’s OnePlus 5 reveal and may have even seen some of the early reviews. You likely know everything there is to know (specs, network bands) and could have put an order in for the “Early Drop” batch of the 5. It all happened so quickly, right? It happened so quickly that we didn’t even share the press release for the new OnePlus phone. So yeah, we’re doing that here.
To recap, the OnePlus 5 is official in grey and black models that feature 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM, along with 128GB and 8GB RAM, respectively. The 64GB model costs $479 and the 128GB model costs $539. These are OnePlus’ most expensive phones yet. (Who’s looking forward to the OnePlus 6 pricing!?)
The OnePlus 5 carries all of modern specs you hope for in a top tier phone. You have the latest processor from Qualcomm (Snapdragon 835), all of the RAM and storage you can handle (sans microSD slot), 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display, dual camera setup (20MP + 16MP shooters), 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge, Bluetooth 5.0, and a thin metal body. It runs Android Nougat under OnePlus’ OxygenOS, so it should be smooth as hell and have a good mix of stock Android and power user customizations.
OnePlus spent a lot of time today talking about the camera experience. You have a 20MP telephoto lens coupled with a more traditional 16MP f/1.7 shooter. The camera should be super fast, while also being able capture bokeh and depth for days. If anything, the camera experience is on trend.
The phone looks like an iPhone, yes. It also should be a really good phone, since this appears to be nothing but improvements over last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T, phones that were chart toppers, thanks to their value. Is the OnePlus 5 still a good value? At $479, it certainly seems like. Sure we aren’t at those fun days of $299 flagship phones, but you are still getting the goods at under $500. Hard to beat.
Say Hello to the OnePlus 5 – Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.
World’s Highest Resolution Dual Camera, Up to 8 GB RAM and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Processor Deliver Professional-level Photography and Smooth Performance in Sleek Flagship Smartphone
NEW YORK – June 20, 2017 – OnePlus today introduced the OnePlus 5, the latest in its lineup of premium flagship smartphones. With this new device, OnePlus is further demonstrating its mission to share the best technology with the world.
The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today for clearer photos than ever before. Dash Charge, OnePlus’ industry-leading charging technology, gives users a day’s power in half an hour. The Qualcomm®Snapdragon™ 835 platform, coupled with up to 8 GB of RAM, provides a smooth user experience at a lower power consumption rate. The OnePlus 5 also supports 34 GSM network bands, keeping users connected around the world.
“The OnePlus 5 showcases our obsessive attention to detail and our focus on delivering the best user experience possible,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We have applied this approach to all aspects of the OnePlus 5. For example, the dual camera provides some of the clearest photos on the smartphone market today and gives users more control to take stunning photos in all conditions.”
Attention to Design Detail
At 7.25 mm, the OnePlus 5, available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray colors, is the thinnest OnePlus flagship ever. The aluminum unibody features a continuous hard line around the edge of the phone. The Horizon Line, a key element of OnePlus design, casts one half of the phone in light and the other in shadow, offering an elegant, streamlined appearance. The minimalistic design is further reinforced by a new crescent-shaped antenna that blends seamlessly into the top and bottom edges of the phone. Rounded corners and edges makes the OnePlus 5 feel more comfortable in the hand.
Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.
The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today. A tailor-made 16 MP sensor is supported by a 20 MP sensor with a telephoto lens to accurately determine the distance between the sensor and objects in the environment. A large f/1.7 aperture allows for faster snaps and helps compensate for stuttering to improve image stabilization.
In Portrait Mode, the two sensors work together to create a focal separation between faces and backgrounds, while a custom software algorithm makes your subject clear and well-lit. This results in a professional depth-of-field (bokeh) effect that keeps faces sharp in front of a blurred backdrop. Smart Capture combines optical zoom with multi-frame technology to let you zoom in with greater clarity, while Fast AF uses the dual-camera system to more accurately calculate depth to speed up auto-focus by up to 40 percent.
The all-new Pro Mode gives smartphone users powerful DSLR features such as ISO, white balance, shutter-speed, focus and exposure modification, as well as an on-screen histogram and RAW image file support for complete control of post-shot editing.
A Day’s Power in Half an Hour
First introduced with the OnePlus 3, Dash Charge is the fastest charging solution on the global market. A quick half-hour charge gives the OnePlus 5 enough power for the day. By carrying more current and shifting the power management from the handset to the adapter to keep the phone cooler during charging, Dash Charge can continue to fast charge the OnePlus 5 even when using GPS or playing graphically intensive games. The 3,300 mAh battery also lasts up to 20 percent longer than the OnePlus 3T.
Through a combination of powerful hardware and intelligent software, the OnePlus 5 provides a truly seamless smartphone experience.
The OnePlus 5 takes advantage of the top-of-the-line Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 platform that provides powerful performance while drawing up to 40 percent less power. With up to 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, the OnePlus 5 can run a large number of apps in the background without a single second of lag. The combination of UFS 2.1 and a new two-lane ROM results in 26 percent faster storage performance in everything from installations to loading apps and games.
OnePlus’ custom operating system, OxygenOS, is designed to refine stock Android’s core functionalities with features and optimizations that add value to the user experience. New updates to the OnePlus 5 include Reading Mode, which utilizes an ambient sensor and gray-scale mapping to make reading as comfortable as reading an actual book. Gaming Do Not Disturb Mode allows users to play their favorite games without being disrupted by notifications or accidental hardware button presses. With App Priority, the OnePlus 5 loads your most-used apps more quickly to further improve performance.
Pricing and Availability
The OnePlus 5 will be available in an early drop sale on oneplus.net immediately after the keynote launch event on June 20 for customers using a special code that will be announced during the keynote. The OnePlus 5 will first be available for direct purchase at one-day pop-up stores in New York on June 20 and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen on June 21. Open sales on oneplus.net begin on June 27.
The Midnight Black version (8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage) will sell for USD 539 / EUR 559 / GBP 499 / CAD 719. The Slate Gray version (6 GB RAM / 64GB storage) is USD 479 / EUR 499 / GBP 449 / CAD 649.