Smartphone companies don’t seem to care about cultivating a true “lineup” of phones.
If you aren’t spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they’ve had no thought put into them. With the death of the Nexus line and with Lenovo’s continued bungling of Motorola, the “good but not $650″ market is slimmer than ever. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company’s tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price.
SPECS AT A GLANCE: OnePlus 5
1920×1080 5.5” (401ppi) AMOLED
Android 7.1.1 (Oxygen OS)
Eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Four 2.35GHz Kyro 280 Performance cores and four 1.90GHz Kyro 280 Efficiency cores)
6GB or 8GB
64GB or 128GB
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/ 20/25/26/28/29/30/66TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
CDMA EVDO: BC0
USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Rear: 16MP main camera, 20MP telephoto camera,
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm ( x x in)
153 g (5.4 oz)
$479 / £449
“Dash” charging, three-position physical notification mode switch, fingerprint sensor, notification LED, Dual SIM slots
Today OnePlus is both announcing the OnePlus 5 and lifting the review embargo on the device, which we’ve had for about two weeks now. $479 (£449) gets you an aluminum-clad pocket computer with a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. You still get OnePlus’ physical 3-way alert switch, a USB-C port, capacitive buttons with a front-mounted fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack.
The phone has two cameras on the back: one 16MP main camera and one 20MP telephoto camera, arranged in the most iPhone-y way possible.
Besides the $479 version, there’s a more expensive $539 (£499) version, which ups the RAM from 6GB to a whopping 8GB, adds another 64GB of storage for a total of 128GB, and changes the color from “Slate Grey” to “Midnight Black.” This more expensive version is the one we tested.
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