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.
OnePlus 5 Earns Oreo Beta; OnePlus 5T Breathes OxygenOS 4.7.2
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.
OnePlus Tweaks Camera Software In Latest Update for the 5
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.
OnePlus 5 Arrives In Soft Gold
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.
OnePlus Says 8 GB Version of OnePlus 5 Available for Immediate Shipping
Jul 24, 2017
OnePlus today said the high-end variant of its OnePlus 5 smartphone is now more widely available to U.S. buyers.
OnePlus Reveals the OnePlus 5 with Dual Cameras
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.