So the OnePlus 5 is out of the bag after Carl Pei and his team brought it out today (Jun 20th) with the event being similar to an Apple one but without the live audience and with a lot more cringe.
Let’s get the specs out of the bag.
- 5.5-inch 1080P Display
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- Snapdragon 835 on a 10-nanometre processor
- Adreno 540<
- 16 (Standard) & 20 (Telephoto) MP Rear Cameras
- 16MP Front Camera
- Dash Charge over USB C (2.0 Spec)
- 3300mAh Battery
- Bluetooth 5.0
- LTE-A – Up to 600Mb/s
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Fingerprint Scanner with a 0.2 Second Response Time
- Midnight Black & Space Grey Colours
- UFS 2.1 Dual Lane memory
The phone is very similar to a certain fruit company however it’s almost an identical replica of the Oppo R11. The specs are probably overkill for what you need but we are still lacking any sort of waterproofing, upgradable storage or a screen higher than 1080P which were all rumoured and the direct competitors for the OnePlus 5 have these features.
The phone has been built around consumers demands but due to the heavy increase in pricing from £229/$299 (16GB) from the OnePlus One in the Silk White colour to a £449/$479/€499 for the OnePlus 5 which comes as a huge blow to the value aspect because OnePlus became famous for its huge specs for a minimal pricing and I don’t doubt the fact that this extra cost has been due to the higher specs inside the 5 but it seems like OnePlus has succumbed to the reality that they just can’t create a sub £300 phone which outperforms the £700 smartphones it is out to compete with.
In the UK, we have the phone available for purchase from OnePlus direct for £449 for the 64GB/6GB RAM model and £499 for the 128GB/8GB RAM model alongside being available from 02 on a 24 month contract even though OnePlus said in their keynote that they wanted the phone to be available without being tied into a contract with the following pricing.
From 22 June, special introductory offers:
- OnePlus 5 64GB £9.99 upfront and £49/month for 30GB data
- OnePlus 5 128GB £9.99 upfront and £51/month for 30GB data
From 29 June, standard pricing will apply:
- OnePlus 5 64GB £9.99 upfront and £34/month for 500MB data
- OnePlus 5 64GB £9.99 upfront and £38/month for 1GB data
- OnePlus 5 128GB £9.99 upfront and £36/month for 500MB data
- OnePlus 5 128GB £9.99 upfront and £40/month for 1GB data
History is repeating itself because the Midnight Black colour is only available in the 8GB RAM/128GB model whilst the Space Grey is only available in the 6GB RAM/64GB model which is exactly the same thing that OnePlus did in the OnePlus One.
There was a weird point in the keynote where one of the OnePlus designers talked about how the phone lacked a headphone jack but then said that they were joking. It all seemed like a presentation that was meant to be shown in front of an audience and this really was awkward to watch.
Craig has gone for the OnePlus 5 in the Midnight Black colour and will be bringing you the review to tell you whether or not the successor to the flagship killer is worth your hard-earned cash.