On June 22, the Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has released the much-hyped OnePlus 5 in India, the Indian launch event was nothing but the formality because all the information about the device including its images were already released by the company officially/unofficially and the company had already launched the global version on June 20.
OnePlus is among the very few companies which are following the one device per year concept and that’s the reason behind a tremendous hype about every device before their launch. OnePlus 5 is the successor of OnePlus 3T released last year which had done very well in the Indian as well as global market wherever it was available and OnePlus 3/3T is one of the most recommended devices by the reviewers and bloggers.
The unique design, perfect hardware specs, aggressive price, and the clean stock Android made the devices like OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T a massive hit in the global market but will OnePlus 5 take that success to a new level ??
OnePlus 5 packed the whopping hardware specification like all previous devices released by the company, it has octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with a max clock speed of 2.45 GHz, the company has retained the same 5.5 inches optic AMOLED display what they had in OnePlus 3/3T. It has the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for screen protection. OnePlus 5 comes with 6 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage and 8 GB RAM with 128 GB Internal storage.
Yes!!! the top variant of OnePlus 5 has 8GB RAM, I wonder where this RAM game will stop, I don’t understand why the smartphone companies are increasing RAM with every new device, they should focus on battery instead. 8GB RAM is not at all a necessary upgrade for OnePlus 5 the company should have focused on improving the battery, storage and price tag which is much more important for any customer than the massive RAM.
In my opinion, 6GB RAM is more than enough for any regular and gaming uses, I have been using the OnePlus 3 since 6-7 month as my daily drive and more than 180 apps are installed on my phone but I have never used the more than 40-60% of the RAM even while playing heavy games uses is not going more than 70-80%, it means I am still having at least the 20% or more than 1 GB RAM unused, remember that OnePlus 3 has only 6 GB RAM whereas OnePlus 5 has 8GB RAM in its top variant.
For me 8GB RAM is totally a waste of resource unless it is not affecting the price of the device, unfortunately, it does affect the price.
I really appreciate Xiaomi because they are focusing on what actually matters to customers. Xiaomi is among those very few companies which are still believing in uniqueness and innovation for the smartphones; Redmi 4, Mi Mix, and Mi 6 are some examples of that. Talking about uniqueness and innovation, no one would have expected that OnePlus will be like other companies which are just doing the copy paste from iPhone.
OnePlus was the company that used to talk about the innovations in their devices which we have seen in the previously released devices like OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3 and 3T, they say Never Settle, God knows what made them settled at copying the design of iPhone 7 Plus.
If you see the OnePlus 5 it looks exactly like the iPhone 7 Plus. This is another thing that it feels good in hand better than iPhone or may be better than any other smartphone out there and that is something we can expect from OnePlus but where are the innovations and uniqueness that they used to promise.
This is more shameful that this is not even the first copy of iPhone 7 Plus because Oppo had already copied the exact same design just before the OnePlus 5. OnePlus didn’t stop copying the design, even the new camera app of OnePlus 5 is very similar to the camera app on iPhones.
Those who don’t know about the relation of Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus, all these three companies are the subsidiary of the same Chinese company BBK Electronics Corporation also known as BBK Electronics. It seems like the boss of OnePlus at BBK Electronics said to OnePlus stop the shit about unique design and innovation take this phone (iPhone 7 Plus) and ditto it in your new device.
As you can also see that OnePlus has also started endorsement of their devices like Vivo and Oppo, earlier OnePlus used to say that they care about the customers most and that’s why they are not going to do the advertisement and endorsement. The price of OnePlus 5 could be better for customers point of views if the company would have avoided unnecessary hardware bundle, advertisement, and Amitabh Bachchan of course.
Moving forward to the specifications, OnePlus 5 has a dual rear camera setup, 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor which has also used in used in the Oppo R9s and F3 Plus, f/1.7 apertures, 1.12µm pixel size rear secondary camera is 20 MP Sony IMX350 sensor with apertures f/2.6, 1.0 µm pixel size. Other rear camera features include phase detection autofocus, 1.5x zoom, dual-LED flash, portrait mode, HDR, panorama.
It has a 16MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm pixel size front camera. As we all know that OnePlus had teamed up with DxOMark to work on the camera quality of OnePlus 5 and also considering the specification of the camera it will undoubtedly going to be listed among the best smartphone camera in the world.
The OnePlus 5 has 3000 mAh battery with industry’s fastest charging technology called the Dash Charge. The company should have seriously thought about improving the battery which is certainly more important for the users, even its predecessor the OnePlus 3T has more juice which is 3400mAh.
Price and Availability of OnePlus 5 in India
OnePlus started taking the orders exclusively via online partner Amazon.in right after the launch event at Mumbai, whereas Amazon will start shipping the device on June 25. The next sale for the OnePlus 5 is on 27th June. The price of OnePlus 5 for 6GB RAM + 64GB storage is Rs. 32,999/- and Rs. 37, 999/- for the top variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
OnePlus and Amazon is also giving away interesting offers like 1-year free accidental coverage powered by Kotak 811 and up to Rs. 1500 cashback with State Bank Of India Cards. 128 GB storage is coming exclusively with 8GB RAM.
Should You Buy This Phone? Is It A Good Upgrade For OnePlus 3/3T Users?
OnePlus 5 seems a powerhouse on paper and I still have trust on the performance of OnePlus devices, So you can definitely buy this phone if its fitting in your budget and if you do not care about the fact that it is a shameless copy of iPhone 7 Plus and Oppo R11. But if you find this a bit pricey; which indeed a fact about the price of OnePlus 5, then you can still buy the OnePlus 3T from Amazon.
Buying OnePlus 5 will not be a smart decision if you already have its predecessor OnePlus 3 or 3T. Wait for few more months maybe OnePlus will also release the new versions of OnePlus 5 as OnePlus 5T with a dual front camera and improved battery like last year’s OnePlus 3T.