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OnePlus 5 : Review

OnePlus 5 : Review

It took him a while to get there from China, but it’s finally time for our review of OnePlus 5 . It was released at a slightly higher price than last generation, but continues to bring excellent specifications for a value that boosts most of today’s top-of-the- line line- ups – especially here in Brazil.

The performance is one of the fastest we’ve tested so far and the camera pair can take some photosgreat, but those are only some of the points strong this device beast. If you were curious about this machine and want to know more details about the power oso smartphone  Chinese, then read on .

Fast bug

To be able to talk about the excellent performance of OnePlus 5 , let’s start with the hardware . The processor is the Snapdragon 835, which is the same one that is appearing on today’s top top of the line . However, while most competitors get the 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, the OnePlus 5comes with a version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal space and another with absurd 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

The version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is pure ignorance. And this is great

Yes, you actually read 8 GB of RAM. This number is so high it would even give to say that it is exaggerated and unnecessary for a current cell phone. Even so, it goes without saying that it does bad for performance : OnePlus is the fastest cell phone I’ve tested so far. Turning the mobile phone on and off is only a matter of seconds. Open, close and switch between apps, so it takes only fractions of that.

The system runs smooth all the time, heavy applications are loaded with a lot of speed and the most demanding games also work extremely well. And with all that RAM, OnePlus 5 also does well to keep multiple apps  running at the same time.

One thing worth mentioning is that it does not come with space for a micro SD card, so it’s a good idea to think carefully before choosing whether to buy the 64 GB version or with 128 GB of internal space. Even because, you will need space if you want to take advantage of another strong point of the device, which is the camera.

Benchmarks

The tests used were 3DMark  (Slingshot Extreme), AnTuTu Benchmark 6 and Vellamo Mobile Benchmark (HTML5 and Metal).

3D Mark offers a series of tests to benchmark smartphones . Among them, Slingshot Extreme lets you compare directly between processors and GPUs in content over Full HD. Display resolution is a factor that can affect the final result. The higher the score, the better the performance .

The AnTuTu 6 app lets you test the interface, CPU, GPU and RAM of the devices . The results are provided individually and added together to generate a total score. And here’s also the maximum for the points : the more, the better .

Vellamo Mobile Benchmark applies two tests to smartphones , measuring performance during Internet content access through browsers on the first, and processor performance in the second. Again, larger numbers indicate better results .

Very good cameras

The OnePlus 5 comes with a camera system double s in the back that was done in partnership with DxO Labs, which is a company specializing in processing software images . And as you would expect in that case, the result is very good. One comes with 16 MP and f / 1.7 aperture, while the other has 20 MP and a much narrower f / 2.6 aperture. It is thanks to this second sensor that the OnePlus 5 can take photos with double optical zoom.

The result is that the daytime images are really excellent. They are clear and sharp, have great detailand rich color. Autofocus is also very fast. The photos look great too at night but leave with a little noise in dimly lit environments and can suffer from lens flare in the pictures taken with the cameras facing the direction of the sun. You will have to try a few times until you have a good photo in this situation.

One cool thing is that the software comes with a specific way to facilitate photos with blurred background. Just slide your finger from right to left in the automatic mode and hold the phone in place to see the magic happen. When you hit the photo, it saves both the blurred background version and one with all sharpness.

The photos with this effect gain a good highlight and may look nice, but every now and then you can see that the blur is exaggerated on the edges of the objects closest. When this happens, the picture gets a fake feeling – so it’s good to take multiple versions of the same images so that you can choose the best one . Anyone who wants to have even more control over various camera elements can use Pro Mode, which is OnePlus’s manual mode .

Speaking now of selfies, the front camera has 16 MP and a 2.0 aperture, so you’ll be able to make great shots of yourself during the day and some reasonable at night. The OnePlus 5 does not come with a front LED flash, but the screen can do this if the environment is really too dark. The result in this case is acceptable.

In videos, OnePlus can do 4K recordings with cool results and have good electronic stabilization. The slow motion mode is limited to 720p and does not come out very well, but the timelapse is interesting and can be recorded in Full HD.

OxygenOS: the best of both worlds

The OnePlus 5 comes with Android 7.1 Nougat  factory installed with the custom style OxygenOS. At first glance, it’s easy to get the impression that we’re using pure Android, because both basic and visual workings are very similar to Google’s originals . This is very good because it makes everything work smoothly and makes things easier for those who are accustomed to the standard experience of the green robot platform.

The difference here is even in the details . An example is the ability to freely switch between the capacitive buttons and on-screen navigation keys, which is great because, although the physical controls have their own LEDs, they only light up after you touch them. At least you can change the order of the navigation buttons, so just choose the way that pleases you more and get used to it.

It looks like pure Android, but it has a lot of nice legal functions

In addition, the software has a lot more legal functions that are not mandatory, but are there if you want to use. Some examples are the reading mode, which was done to not tire your vision, the mode for games, which disables notifications and physical buttons, the customization of the menus of Android, which lets you change menu colors. Anyone can say that OnePlus got the best of pure Android and the coolest functions of the modified ROMs and put it all together in one system that works great.

We know that some people complained that the OxygenOS interface suffered from “gelatinous” movements from time to time, but OnePlus must have solved this in some update, because with me this did not happen.

Fabric on measure

Going now to the screen, we had no surprises here. The display is AMOLED, has 5.5 inches and Full HD resolution. The images come out with great level of detail and the colors are very lively, but without exaggerations of saturation. In addition, the maximum brightness is very strong, so you can rest assured that you can use the device even in strong sun.

One would expect a big screen cell phone, such as the OnePlus 5 , to come with Quad HD resolution, but it’s also not as if the use experience would be absurdly better .

Little original but beautiful visual

About design, we may even criticize the lack of originality of the Chinese company, but can not say that the cell phone is ugly. The front of the OnePlus reminiscent of a Galaxy S7 , including the position and format of the digital sensor. Already the rear looks even a reduced version of the iPhone 7 Plus . Even the scheme of the skipped double cameras and the position of the antenna range are very similar elements.

The OnePlus 5 looks like a fusion of the Galaxy S7 with the iPhone 7 Plus

In addition to the traditional volume and energy buttons, the side has one more interesting thing. The OnePlus 5 has a physical key with a function similar to the one in the iPhone 7 . It has three levels and allows you to quickly control whether your phone will ring freely, stay in Do Not Disturb mode, or remain completely silent. This is cool because it lets you control this sort of thing without even having to take the device out of your pocket.

At hand, the smartphone has a very good footprint. The curvature of the back is soft and fits right in the palm of your hand. The metal of the carcass is smooth, but the texture of it helps the apparatus not to be slippery.

Even when you end up letting it fall, which I do quite a bit, the cell phone shows that it is tough and survives without visible damage on the screen and without denting the carcass. It is also worth mentioning that the OnePlus 5 is not water resistant and already comes with a protective film placed on the screen.

Good battery and quick recharge

Following on to the battery , the OnePlus 5 gets very good results with its reserves of 3,300 milliamperes. In our stress test, we put the phone to run a YouTube video for an hour with the brightness of the screen at most. In this situation, the OnePlus 5 consumed enough energy to yield just over 11 hours before running out of steam.

This basically means that even those who make intensive use of the cell phone will not have much trouble making the battery him endure all day. If you are one of those who abuse your smartphone a lot and leave their screen on pretty much all the time, then you’ll like the next paragraph.

The OnePlus 5 comes with a charger with Dash Charge technology, which in our tests managed to go from zero to 91{890c36218bbc94bcbe8f5d159f212155cbf0c932418a12ec06828c4a996999c1} in just one hour. The total recharge slows down at the end and it takes 1 and a half hours to reach 100{890c36218bbc94bcbe8f5d159f212155cbf0c932418a12ec06828c4a996999c1}, but you still have a good load on it even if you only have half an hour to do it. The bad thing is having to walk with the huge charger and a plug adapter all the time because of the Chinese standard.

Extras

The OnePlus 5 follows the Chinese tradition of sin in the audio aspect. This means that the speaker is in an ungrateful position on the bottom of the device – the one you end up covering with your hand whenever you hold your smartphone horizontally. And like every good Chinese phone, it does not come with a headset in the box. Finally, it is also worth mentioning that the OnePlus 5 comes with two spaces for SIM cards and that the digital reader is very good both to register and to unlock the phone quickly.

Worth it?

Since OnePlus 5 is not officially sold here in Brazil, the way for anyone who wants one is to go to stores like GearBest to import. There, the version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage costs about $ 653, without considering the lightning promotions that roll directly on the site. Converting to our currency and adding taxes, which are likely to be around $ 200, the total price should be about $ 2,270 – but it’s good to prepare, because the customs can charge up to 60{890c36218bbc94bcbe8f5d159f212155cbf0c932418a12ec06828c4a996999c1} of fees.

Already the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal space can leave for $ 3,697 if you are very unlucky and receive the full tax, but the most likely is that the fee will leave the mobile closer to $ 2,511. By this amount, even the most expensive version of OnePlus 5 comes out more than $ 1,000 cheaper than equivalent variants of competitors. Unless you get very upset that he does not have official technical assistance here in Brazil, that’s a difference that makes this great Chinese phone worth a lot.

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Operating System Version Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Screen Type Optic AMOLED with 16 million colors
Screen Size 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
RAM memory 6/8 GB RAM
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
Memory card No
Back camera Dual 16 MP, f / 1.7 aperture, 1 / 2.8 “sensor, 1.12 μm + 20 MP pixels, f / 2.6 aperture, 1 / 2.8” sensor, 1.0 μm
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
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So, what did you think of the device? Send your opinion and any questions you have left in the comments below, which I will reply as soon as I can. And anyone who wants to buy OnePlus 5 at a cool price just need to take a look at the links below.