This afternoon during an online event, OnePlus took the wraps off their highly anticipated 2017 smartphone, the OnePlus 5. Due to the device being leaked through various reports and images leading up to today, OnePlus left little to come as a surprise to us. However, they did confirm some uncertainties and threw in a few unexpected curve balls that are surely worth noting.
Starting with its body, the OnePlus 5 looks strikingly similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s made of aluminum and comes in a matte Midnight Black finish. The antenna bands are even laid out the same way they are on the iPhone. And with the dual cameras around back, you can’t help but see Apple’s 2016 flagship in OnePlus’ latest effort.
On the front of the device is a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This display acts similarly to Apple’s iPad Pro in which it adapts to your current environment by adjusting color tempuratures and brightness settings. OnePlus touts this feature will be useful for those who enjoy reading books on their phones.
You’ll find a fingerprint sensor and capacitive navigation keys directly below the screen.
On the left is the usual array of volume buttons alongside an alert slider that’s become a OnePlus staple; on the right is the power button; and the bottom houses a 3.5mm headphone jack (so it’s not totally like the iPhone), a USB-C port, and a loud speaker. The entire device measures in at 7mm thin which makes the OnePlus 5 one of the thinnest phones around.
As for specs, the OnePlus 5 is definitely packing some heat. It features an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor (one of the first times we’ve seen the chipset in other handsets besides the Galaxy S8), an Adreno 540 GPU, a massive 6 or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 64 or 128GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3,300mAh battery that charges via OnePlus’ own Dash Charging technology. The device also comes with OxygenOS 5, the company’s fork of Android which is based on 7.1.1 Nougat.
A main focus area for OnePlus this year happens to be the camera. Yesterday, the company confirmed that while the OnePlus 3 offered a great overall experience, the camera wasn’t exactly up to snuff. The company hopes to change this with the 5 and its 20MP and 16MP cameras. The dual sensor setup around back allows for natural bokeh shots and lossless zoom much like the iPhone 7 Plus offers. The sensors also sport f/1.7 and f/2.6 apertures respectively, while the main camera is capable of shooting up to 4K video at 30 frames per second. There’s also an 8MP camera for selfies that can record 1080p video.
OnePlus really hopes their cameras are much better this time around. The only caveat of buying a OnePlus smartphone in the past was you’d have to deal with whatever camera you had to work with despite having other top-tier specifications in a package that probably cost you just $400. And according to OnePlus, the camera is basically the only area that their audience really cares about. The OnePlus 5 will be the company’s most expensive smartphone to date, but it may be worth it if the cameras leave the impression they’re hoping.
The OnePlus 5 will be available from $479 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This isn’t much money when considering what you get for the price. If you want the upgraded model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it’ll run you $539 which, again, isn’t too shabby. It’ll be available through the company’s online store without any invites or other unnecessary hoops you need to jump through starting June 27th. Preorders go live today. It’ll be available in Slate Gray and Midnight Black.
A lineup of new accessories including new backpacks, t-shirts, and cases made in conjunction with OtterBox will also be available for those interested. OnePlus will even make a backpack for your dog if that’s your thing.