OnePlus Just Showed Samsung & Apple How It’s Done


The OnePlus 5 is an exceptional phone, retailed at a fair price – now why can’t Apple and Samsung deliver us something similar?

Look at the specs, the industrial design, the attention to detail… the camera. Stacked up, everything appears to look VERY expensive. Like, iPhone/Galaxy S8 expensive. But it isn’t. The OnePlus costs £450.

Let’s just take that in for a second: a phone, with brilliant specs and a great design, will go on sale on June 27 for £450 – almost half what the new iPhone 8 will cost when it joins the party in September.

So, if you value your money but also like high-end technology, the OnePlus 5 is kind of a no-brainer; it has better specs than the iPhone 7, similar performance attributes to both that phone and the Galaxy S8, great styling, and it costs a lot less.

I know, I know – we say this every year: OnePlus is cheap, so very, very cheap compared to the more traditional players in the space. But this year it is slightly different; OnePlus has sorted out the camera – and that is a big deal.

“We design each of our flagship smartphones with premium quality in mind, both on the inside and outside, and we are happy to continue our long history of working with Qualcomm Technologies by selecting the Snapdragon 835 for its ability to drive a truly premium smartphone experience in the OnePlus 5,” said Kyle Kiang, global head of marketing, OnePlus. “It’s optimized functionality and top-notch performance is a perfect fit for our mantra to never settle for second-best experiences in our products.”

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There are other issues to consider, however, when buying a OnePlus handset, chief among them OnePlus’ well documented sub-par customer service. If you can get past this – either through insurance or by picking up a network-branded handset – you’re in for a treat, though.

This, at least, to me, looks to be the phone OnePlus has been trying to make since day one. It appears to have it all: specs, performance, design and, finally, a camera that can compete with Apple and Samsung’s efforts.

Here’s what Qualcomm had to say about the new OnePlus 5:

“We’re pleased that OnePlus has selected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform to power their upcoming premium flagship smartphone, delivering some of the most advanced and immersive user experiences possible,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“It also enables support for next-generation entertainment experiences and connected cloud services.”

Also: in case you missed it – check out these specs:

  • Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm
  • Weight 153g
  • Display: 5.5in Optic AMOLED  capacitive touchscreen (73.0% screen-to-body ratio), 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Oxygen OS
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4×2.45GHz Kryo & 4×1.9GHz Kryo)
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Internal storage & RAM: 64GB with 6GB RAM OR 128GB with 8GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: Dual-Sensor; 16MP with f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size, optical stabilization (OIS) + 20 MP with f/2.6 aperture and 1.0 µm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • 2160p video @30fps, 1080p video @30/60fps, 720p video @30/120fps
  • Secondary Camera: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture and 1.0 µm pixel size, electronic stabilisation (gyro), 1080p video, Auto HDR
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • Connectivity: WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3,300 mAh battery
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Slate Gray
  • Other: Fingerprint scanner

Pretty sure I’ll be picking one of these up as soon as it’s available on June 27.

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