ONEPLUS 5

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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.

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