Besides a top-end processing platform, OnePlus 5 catches up to real flagships by o ering up its very first dual rear camera configuration, an AMOLED display (with DCI-P3 color space support), and UFS 2.1 storage in a 2-lane configuration. With its price tag, it’s quite a bargain, too.
You’ll find a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display sprawled across the front. Color temperature on the OnePlus 5 seems very well-balanced, with great screen detail, sharpness, and vibrancy thanks to the nature of AMOLED screens.
The OnePlus 5 comes with its own Android reskin, OxygenOS 4.5, which sees some improvement for ease of use. For instance, older devices stuck to stock Android menus for some essential apps (like Settings and dropdown Notifications), which resulted in a design mismatch with the rest of the UI. OxygenOS 4.5 also features a built-in Reading Mode, which dials down blue light on the display while converting text and images to greyscale, giving it a sepia tone effect.
The OnePlus 5 is the first OnePlus phone to have a dual rear cameras setup. The primary rear camera has a Sony IMX398 sensor with 16-megapixels resolution. The secondary rear camera is a Sony IMX350 sensor with 20-megapixels resolution. The phone shoots sharp images with vibrant hues and accurate colors, but loses some detail due to aggressive noise control. Image quality is unusual for the high-quality sensors beneath both lenses, and OnePlus will need to work hard to get their imaging software right.
There’s also In-Depth mode, which primarily provides digitized bokeh that helps to add a little flair to portrait photos. From our trials, the bokeh e ect from In-Depth mode isn’t as refined as Huawei’s bokeh control before photo-taking, but it does the job if you give the phone sufficient distance to get the OnePlus 5 to work its magic.
The extra touches help the OnePlus 5 compete with the titans of this tier, but it somewhat misses the mark on other fronts that hurt its overall standing against true flagships above the $1,000 grade.
Sensible, clean UI.
Underwhelming imaging quality.
The phone’s OxygenOS 4.5 now has a congruent design language, and it feels more like a agship device than ever before.