The grandeur of a launch of this magnitude for a smart phone looked similar to the launch of a luxury car. Here I am at the launch of the ONEPLUS 5. The Founder and CEO, Mr. Pete Lau, flew down especially to connect with his die hard ONEPLUS fans.
“The ONEPLUS 5 showcases our obsessive attention to detail and our focus on delivering the best user experience possible,” said Pete Lau, founder and CEO of ONEPLUS. The stand-up comedian, Vir Das, was part of the launch event as the brand ambassador.
This beautiful, sleek and special full metal body design phone is equipped with 20MP rear dual-camera combinations and a 16MP front shooter. The ONEPLUS 5 claims to have the highest Smartphone camera resolution. It also is the thinnest ONEPLUS flagship ever, at 7.25 mm. It is available in midnight black and slate gray colours. It is equipped with a 3300 mAh battery, which provides more power and lasts up to 20 percent longer. In addition, it is protected by an aluminium casing. One can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds with the fingerprint scanner or the home button.
“We believe that Snapdragon 835 fits greatly with the ONEPLUS 5. It is 35 percent smaller and uses 25 percent less battery power. It is the first Smartphone with a 10 nm mobile processor,” added Sanjay Mehta, Senior Vice President (Finance) from Qualcomm.
The sharp crisp 5.5-inch fully HD optic display, (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a pixel density of 401ppi, provides beautiful colours that are pleasant to the eyes. This helps during long hours of surfing, watching movies or playing games. This is also due to the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. For people who are always on the move for work and social fun, the “Dash Charge” technology fully charges the 3300 mAh battery in 30 minutes and is a great boon.
The ONEPLUS 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. It has a clock speed of up to 2.45GHz with an Adreno 540 GPU and a Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. It has a supporting data speed of up to 1 Gbps, coupled with an Adreno 540 graphic processing unit (GPU). The ONEPLUS 5 is available in two variants – the 6GB RAM LPDDR4 with 64GB of storage and the 8GB RAM LPDDR4 with 128GB of storage. Both variants support dual lane Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 for superior performance. The ONEPLUS 5 runs the Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
The ONEPLUS 5 dual-rear camera combo of 16MP and 20MP delivers excellent results. The 16 MP main camera has an f/1.7 aperture, which captures 34 percent more light and is perfect for low-light pictures and yes, the bokeh effect is available. There is also a portrait mode, which is a flash for selfie enthusiasts. Taking a video on the beach or driving in a sports car, recording videos in 4K resolution with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) for stable videos is a pleasure. The rear camera gets 8X zoom, which users can zoom up to 2X while using portrait mode and the other features of the rear camera. These features include an f/1.7 aperture, Smart Capture, Pro mode, and auto focus. The 16-megapixel image sensor (IMX 398) is made by Sony. The second camera uses IMX 350, a 20-megapixel image sensor, with an F2.6 lens. This lens is a telephoto lens, allowing users to get a 2X zoom.
“The dual-camera bridges the gap between DSLR and the Smartphone. It has the highest resolution of any dual camera Smartphone,” said Kyle Jung, Global Marketing Head of ONEPLUS.
The 4G Volte Smartphone supports all the major bands on FDD, LTE and TDD-LTE. Various connectivity options are included. They are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz and Bluetooth 5.0. It supports NFC as well.
For heavy readers and surfers, the nifty OS feature has a reading mode. It provides an e-reader-like experience. At night, the auto mode adjusts colour and temperature, depending on the surroundings. For serious gamers, the Gaming DND mode mutes notifications while playing games. Standard features of the ONEPLUS 5 are proximity, an ambient light sensor, an electronic compass, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, mono speakers at the bottom and three microphones with noise cancellation. The ONEPLUS 5 measures 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm, and weighs 153 grams.