Review: OnePlus 5
OnePlus has done a commendable effort with its fifth-generation flagship. The handset carries over fan favorites from earlier OnePlus models while taking some of the right steps forward.
The OnePlus 5 features a clean metal-and-glass design that is assembled tightly. The ringer switch is a great tool to have on board, and I appreciate the speed and accuracy of the fingerprint reader. Some will be happy about the 3.5mm headset jack. The screen is good for this class of device, though I would have prefered to see a higher resolution display. Data performance, call quality, and battery life are all where they need to be. It's too bad it's not waterproof.
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OxygenOS takes the core Android Nougat platform and adds tons of useful tools for customizing the experience. I like that everything about the software is straightforward and simple to adjust. The camera application, in particular, is a step up from the OnePlus 3/3T and makes the new portrait and zoom modes a cinch to put to work. I only wish the camera produced better results.
The OnePlus 5 is available unlocked online for between $480 and $540, depending on the RAM/storage option you pick. It's significantly pricier than earlier OnePlus models, and that's a shame, and yet there aren't many phones that fill the $500 space. If you want an affordable flagship handset that delivers an experience that's almost as good as today's best, the OnePlus 5 is a solid option. If you want the best-possible camera, however, you're going to have to pony up the extra cash for a U11, G6, or S8.
Aug 30, 2017
OnePlus has begun pushing a system update to the OnePlus 5 smartphone that should make improvements to the camera. OxygenOS 4.5.10 targets the camera by reducing photo noise, improving stability, and resolving noise and texture when recording 60fps video.
Nov 27, 2017
OnePlus has made software updates available to both its 2017 handsets. First, owners of the OnePlus 5 can snag OxygenOS Open Beta 1 for Android 8 Oreo.
Aug 7, 2017
OnePlus today made a new soft gold version of the OnePlus 5 available via its web site. The gold model comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $479.
Jul 24, 2017
OnePlus today said the high-end variant of its OnePlus 5 smartphone is now more widely available to U.S. buyers.
Jun 20, 2017
OnePlus today revealed its 2017 flagship handset, the OnePlus 5. The company has long offered high-end Android phones at affordable prices.