The original flagship killer is back with, well, another flagship killer. After weeks of leaks and rumors, OnePlus has released its sixth handset, the OnePlus 5, and it has the major Android players in its sights: the LG G6, Galaxy S8, and HTC U11.
And it looks to be a formidable competitor. With a sleeker design, bigger battery, faster chip, and better camera, the OnePlus 5 is poised to be the breakout star of the Android flagship season, even with a slightly higher price tag.
OnePlus 5 specs
Display: 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD AMOLED, 401ppi
Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.25 mm
- Weight: 153g
- Color: Midnight black, slate gray
- Operating system: OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (octo-core, 10nm, up to 2.45GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 540
- Rear camera: 16MP, f/1.7 + 20MP f/2.6
- Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0
- RAM: 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X
- Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 2-LANE
- Ports: USB C, dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5mm audio jack
- Battery: 3,300mAh
OnePlus 5 display and design
OnePlus has always put a premium on design, and the OnePlus 5 looks to be no different. At 7.25mm thick, it’s the thinnest phone OnePlus has made. It has moved the camera to the upper-left corner like the iPhone rather than keeping it centered, and the antenna lines remain, meaning the back is made of aluminum and not glass.
The OnePlus 5 looks a lot like the 3T... not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Around the front, OnePlus has resisted the bezel-trimming trend. It looks almost exactly like the 3T, with the same 5.5-inch Full HD 1920x1080 resolution display and pill-shaped home button/fingerprint sensor. Thankfully, it also still has the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge of the device and an alert slider on the left side. It will be available in two color options at launch: slate gray and midnight black
If you’re confused about the name, there’s a reason OnePlus is jumping from the 3T to the 5. In Chinese culture, the number four is considered unlucky, like the number 13 in the U.S. This is due to the Chinese phonetic pronunciation of the number four being like the word for death and suffering. Many elevators in China skip the fourth floor, much like U.S. hotels often jump from floor 12 to 14.
OnePlus 5 performance and battery
The OnePlus 5 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which comes as no surprise. OnePlus has always packed its flagship handset with the latest silicone, and based on what we’ve seen with the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11, it should be a screamer. Elsewhere, the phone brings 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, Bluetooth 5, and a 3,300mAh battery.
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