OnePlus offers up the OnePlus 5 as an option for Android fans who want premium features without a high price point.
When does the OnePlus 5 come out? Australian soft launch from 29 August 2017. Wider retail release to follow.
What’s new about the OnePlus 5? Dual cameras, Snapdragon 835 processor, low price tag
How much does the OnePlus 5 cost? $599 for soft launch with later price TBC.
What is the OnePlus 5?
Chances are pretty good that OnePlus is a brand that you've never even heard of in the smartphone space, but you can expect that to change, and quite quickly. It's part of the same group of companies that owns and runs the Oppo brand of smartphones.
To date, OnePlus' mission has been to deliver cutting edge smartphones at very competitive prices, typically to a rather hardcore audience of performance enthusiasts.
The OnePlus 5 (which technically speaking is the company's sixth phone) is the first model to officially be released in Australia, although some enthusiasts have imported previous models into the country.
Is the OnePlus 5 powerful?
The OnePlus 5 certainly brings a formidable set of technical specifications with it to suggest that it should rank with the best premium phones available in 2017. Specifically, it's running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, which is the same engine underneath the hood of phones such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11 and international models of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus 5 should be a solid contender in the performance stakes.
On the screen side, however, the OnePlus 5 is a rather more constrained affair. While many premium phones feature 2K or 4K resolution screens, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5 inch 1080p display.
Does the OnePlus 5 have a good camera?
You really can't sell a smartphone as "premium" (even at mid-range prices) without a very good camera on board, and at a specifications level the OnePlus 5 should bring the goods.
At the rear it features dual lenses, with a 16 MP Sony Exmor IMX398 module alongside a 20 MP Sony Exmor IMX350 telephoto lens. That gives it the ability to reproduce bokeh-style effects for the OnePlus 5's portrait mode, as well as a claimed 1.66x optical zoom capability. At the front, there's a 16MP sensor for selfie purposes.
How do I charge the OnePlus 5?
The OnePlus 5 charges using USB C connectivity, with a provided charger and cable in the box. USB C is a newer standard that uses a fully reversible cable end, as distinct from microUSB where there's a definite "wrong" way to try to plug in a cable.
In power terms, the OnePlus 5 features a 3300mAh non-removable battery with support for fast charging through OnePlus' supplied charger.
Is the OnePlus 5 water resistant?
Officially, the OnePlus 5 has no specific water resistance to speak of, so it's wisest to keep it away from water immersion. Like most sealed smartphones, a little light rain shouldn't particularly fuss it, but keeping it permanently wet is going to be a very bad idea.
When will the OnePlus 5 be available in Australia?
OnePlus has announced that it will "soft launch" the OnePlus 5 in Australia for online sales only from 10am on 29 August 2017. That's for a limited number of available units in the first batch, because OnePlus is testing the market prior to a wider release of handsets.
How much does the OnePlus 5 cost?
For the soft launch, OnePlus will sell two variants of the OnePlus 5. At the $599 price point in either Slate Grey or Soft Gold finishes you get the OnePlus 5 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, while for $699, you've got the choice of Midnight Black or Slate Gray with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The OnePlus 5 doesn't feature a microSD card slot for expandable storage, so the storage available is essentially fixed.
One important caveat here is that OnePlus has stated that the soft launch pricing may be revised when and if the phone goes on wider sale in Australia, which could mean that this price changes. Whether it becomes more or less affordable remains to be seen.
OnePlus 5: Review
The OnePlus 5 went through our review labs, and while we had some reservations, it's ultimately an exceptional handset for the asking price:
"The OnePlus 5 is a speedy and stylish handset at around half the price of everyone else's flagship devices."
OnePlus 5 Specifications
- Product Name
- OnePlus 5
- Display size
- 5.5 inches
- 1920x1280 pixels
- 401 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- Operating System
- OxygenOS based on Android Nougat
- Front camera
- 16MP F2.0
- Rear camera
- Dual camera: 16MP F.17 wide angle/20MP F2.6 telephoto
- 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
- 153 g
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