One Plus 5: A Flagship Killer. Is It?

There are many kinds of smart phones. There are the run-of-the-mill smart phones. And then there are beefed up smart phones reeking of heavy specs. Then the occasional 'flagship', the occasional 'value buy' and all the while, there are smart phones that try to strike the balance between acceptable specs at acceptable prices.The recently launched OnePlus 5 was probably the most talked about phone over the last few months.

The OnePlus 5 is a fine example of how small things make a big difference. Everything from design to the upgraded Oxygen OS to the super sensitive fingerprint scanner, to the quintessential OnePlus Dash Charger with its bright red charging cord, is manicured to look and feel good.

                             

Features at a Glance:
  • Ergonomic and light
  • Good primary camera
  • Very good system and app performance
  • Fast charging works very well
  • Handy software features

                         


The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. OnePlus 5 price in India starts from Rs. 32,999.

The OnePlus 5 is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the OnePlus 5 packs a 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The OnePlus 5 runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3300mAh non removable battery. It measures 154.20 x 74.10 x 7.25 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 153.00 grams.

The OnePlus 5 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

                            

This is the fourth major phone from Chinese phone maker OnePlus, which has earned a reputation for creating cheap, quality Android phones that undercut the competition. While OnePlus doesn't have the volume or pure brand clout as Samsung, Apple and even Huawei, it has garnered a loyal following through flash sales and word-of-mouth recommendations.

The OnePlus 5 excels at serving high-performing hardware, like the latest Snapdragon chipset and an enduring, fast-charging battery. It's also on trend with a dual-lens rear camera that takes artsy portraits and can hold its own against the iPhone 7 Plus.

But it doesn't have super-slim bezels or the water-resistant body that so many top-tier phones do. And its price, while still hundreds less than its top-tier competitors, inches closer to them than years past due to its more expensive features. As a result, the phone isn't quite the deal it once was. But, rest assured, the trade-off is more than fair.



                                


PROBLEMS SO FAR:

OnePlus 5 users are reporting a bizarre audio issue. While the early reviews have been exceptionally positive, the OnePlus 5 launch hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the company.

First came news it may have been cheating on benchmarking tests, followed by the appearance of a strange ‘jelly scrolling’ effect related to an inverted display design.

Now some users are reporting a strange audio issue, that sees sound played on the wrong channel (left from the right channel, right from the left) when recording video in landscape mode with the home button positioned to the left.
When shooting in landscape and the home button is positioned to the right, the stereo audio comes through the correct channel.

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