If you follow tech as much as we do you must have seen OnePlus’s live keynote yesterday. Airing across on multiple online platforms OnePlus designers and executives made their mission, vision and their ideas very clear and actually won a lot of hearts. The very reason a company like OnePlus has succeeded is that of their obsessive attention towards detail and towards their fans. Most companies are run like a business whereas OP is run like a family.
Besides illustrating the core ideals, the much-awaited OnePlus 5 was finally officially announced and its specifications were made public and boy oh boy did it blow people away. If you read our previous article on the rumours surrounding the OP5 you are probably already aware of all the high-end specifications this beast contains. At that point, they were mere rumours but now they are finally a reality. For those who didn’t get a chance to watch the keynote scroll below and get yourself acquainted with this beauty as we provide all the details.
Processor, Storage & RAM
The new OnePlus 5 will ship out with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa Core Processor. Interestingly the OnePlus 5 will be the first phone to have the 835. Qualcomm has promised a multitude of improvements compared to the company’s previous models. Notably, power consumption and mobility will take the front seat along with VR & AR support. Camera quality will also be notably improved along with transfer speeds that will touch Gigabits.
Coming to the RAM, buyers will have the option to choose from two different variants of the OnePlus 5. The first option will give them 6GB/64GB of RAM and Storage whereas the second will go towards 8GB/128GB. Even though the 8GB variant sounds more exciting both the models will give a steady and efficient performance.
OnePlus has always been known for their absurd specifications which sometimes borderline on insane and the OnePlus 5 again proves that. 8GB or even 6GB will be more than enough to give speeds faster than a rocket. As for the storage, the OnePlus 5 like the previous models don’t have an external storage option so you might want to be careful about the amount of data you store.
The display on the OnePlus 5 will be a Full HD 1080P Optic AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401 PPI. The 5.5-inch screen will also come with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which will make sure your screen doesn’t break even if it drops face first.
We know what you’re thinking. This is a bad move by OnePlus as the screen is still only Full HD and not Quad or even 2k in quality. We thought that too until OnePlus actually made it clear why they don’t do so. The reason being is that they simply cannot afford it. Even though OP has had a lot of success in their previous years they still have a long way to go and technologies like Infinity display or Quad HD display require some serious cash and that sadly is not exactly available with OnePlus.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the company from manufacturing phones and achieving massive success and love from their fans. We can only hope things greatly improve and get even bigger and better displays in the future.
Now we move on to the one department OnePlus has paid strict attention to. When your phone’s main punchline is ‘Dual Camera, Clearer Photos’ it makes sense to assume that it will be something that rocks the customer’s world. The OnePlus 5 on the rear comes with a dual camera setup of two lenses. The primary lens is a 16MP f/1.7 whereas the secondary is a Telephoto 20MP f/2.6. The reason for the secondary having more megapixels than the primary is that it’s a telephoto I.E – It zooms in on a subject so it requires more detail.
OnePlus has reportedly partnered with DxO Mark which is a very popular camera benchmarking company and hence the all the noise about the smartphone having possibly the world’s best camera. The dual lens system will be controlled by a camera UI app which will allow the user to either combine the two lenses or use both individually for different uses. This camera in the OnePlus 5 is definitely a major step up from the companies previous smartphones and even in the market.
Greater customization options will now be available which will allow expert photographers and enthusiasts to tinker around more with the OnePlus 5.
One of the most major improvements in connectivity is the inclusion of NFC (Near Field Communication) and the Bluetooth being upgraded to 5.0. OP has never been big on adding NFC to their phones as they felt not much use was there but starting OnePlus 5 they have broadened their horizons and are adding NFC for people who might actually need it. The inclusion of NFC will allow wireless card payments, wireless charging and even one top connection to many NFC-enabled devices.
Bluetooth 5.0 is another new technology that has been developed in 2017. Phones right now use Bluetooth 4.0 which is the reason most people prefer Wi-Fi Direct to transfer their files and photos. However, everything changes now. With Bluetooth 5.0 the transfer speeds are being increased from MBs to GBs. The Bluetooth range which was 20 M will now be 200M! That’s a 10X increase and the best part is OP5 is Bluetooth 5.0 enabled right off the box. That means faster speeds, longer range and finally some use for Bluetooth besides portable speakers!
Other connection options remain the same such as Dual Sim 4G support with the same bands and of course Wi-Fi. The addition of the above two babies, however, has changed the game completely and bodes a better future not just for OnePlus but for every company out there and potentially the whole smartphone market.
The one department that unfortunately saddened some people (including us) is the Battery. The battery in the OnePlus 5 carries a charge of 3,300 mAh which is even 100 mAh shorter than the OnePlus 3T. Even though OnePlus has promised that the battery life won’t be a problem many people have been disappointed by this revelation as we all were relying on the rumours of the OnePlus 5 having a battery life of 4,000 mAh.
To combat this, however, users will always have the Dash Charge technology which will allow people to charge the OnePlus 5 from 0 to 60% in just 30 mins. So, if nothing else we will have that. Besides that, everything in the OnePlus 5 is A-Okay and we have complete faith this phone will not disappoint and judging by the company’s reputation constant updates will be here to optimise the battery further.
OnePlus 5 was launched in India on 22nd June on Amazon and at the brand store in Mumbai. Potential buyers get ready for some extreme shortage of stocks as the phone will go out as soon as it releases. So, either keep good internet handy or flow down to Mumbai now! For those who want to watch last night’s OP stream click here.
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