Everything you need to know about the OnePlus 5

Everything you need to know about the OnePlus 5

Why it matters to you

The OnePlus 5 boasts top-tier specs at an affordable price. If you’re looking for a new flagship phone, it might be the device for you.

OnePlus has taken the wraps off of the OnePlus 5 — the follow-up to last year’s OnePlus 3T. OnePlus has long been known as a company that offers high-end specifications at a very reasonable price — and it’s no different this year with the OnePlus 5.

“The OnePlus 5 showcases our obsessive attention to detail and our focus on delivering the best user experience possible,” OnePlus founder and CEO, Pete Lau, said in a statement.

You might be wondering what happened to the OnePlus 4 — after all, the last OnePlus phone to launch was the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus decided to skip the number 4, because it’s considered unlucky in China, due to it sounding a lot like the word for “death.”

Before we talk about where you can get the new OnePlus 5, lets take a look at the specs of the new phone. You can also read our full review of the OnePlus 5 for more in-depth coverage.

Software updates

In a recent interview with Digital Trends, OnePlus said changes to its software department would mean faster updates for its phones, and it’s already putting this into action with the OnePlus 5. From July 31, the new phone will receive version 4.5.7 of OxygenOS — the name given to its own version of Android — complete with some interesting new features, and crucial system changes.

The most notable new feature is the introduction of electronic image stabilization (EIS) when shooting 4K video, ready to make your high resolution videos slightly less shaky. There’s further good news with an update to the Android security patch level, taking the phone from May 2017 to July 2017. This is important, and not something other manufacturers always keep up to date with.

Other changes include a new font called OnePlus Slate, and several system changes to increase battery life, and improve Wi-Fi connectivity. OnePlus started sending out the update in July 31, but in small batches, meaning it may take a short while to arrive on your phone.

OnePlus 5 specs

OnePlus has long been known for offering top-notch specs in its phones, and the OnePlus 5 continues that trend. For starters, you’ll find the latest and greatest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 835, powering the device, and it’s coupled with either 6GB or a massive 8GB of RAM, depending on the variant you get. The Slate Gray model comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the Midnight Black version offers 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.

On the back of the phone, there’s a dual-camera setup with a 16-megapixel main camera, along with a 20-megapixel telephoto lens, which helps add depth to images in a new Portrait mode. The somewhat large f/1.7 aperture will help take both faster photos, and better low-light images. The camera even has a “Pro” mode, which will give the user manual control over things like white balance, shutter speed, and more.

The battery on the device has a 3,300mAh capacity, and it charges with OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charge technology through the USB Type-C port. OnePlus claims Dash Charge gets you a full day of battery life in 30 minutes of charging.

The 5.5-inch display on the phone is a little less impressive than some of the other specs, but for many it may not matter. It sits in at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which is around 401 pixels-per-inch. That’s a little less than some other flagship devices, but for those that don’t use their phone for virtual reality, it shouldn’t be an issue. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 technology, and NFC for Android Pay. Thankfully, you’ll also find a headphone jack on the bottom.

Unsurprisingly, the software on the OnePlus 5 is Oxygen OS, the company’s user interface based on Android 7.1.1. It’s similar to the interface on the Google Pixel.

Then there’s the design of the phone — it’s a nice-looking device, though some may say it looks a little like a certain Apple product. It comes in two colors — Slate Gray and Midnight Black, however the color you get is tied to the variant of specs you’ll also get.

How to buy the OnePlus 5

Now that you know the OnePlus 5 is a monster of a phone, you might be wondering how you can get your hands on one. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to get it — but you may have to switch carriers if you want to use it. Unfortunately, the device is GSM-only, so in the U.S. it only works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Bad luck if you’re on Verizon or Sprint.

The Slate Gray version of the OnePlus 5, which has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, costs $480. The Midnight Black model, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, is priced $60 higher at $540.

The OnePlus 5 is now officially on sale and you can head to the OnePlus website to order the device. If you’re interested in the Midnight Black model, its currently in stock and ready to be shipped out immediately for a limited time only. Unlike other flagship phones, you can’t get the device from your carrier — meaning you’ll have to shell out the full price of the phone to get your hands on it.

Update: OnePlus software update adds 4K video EIS, latest Android security patch, and more

Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:14:51 +0000

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