OnePlus 5 Review: A Powerful Beast With Premium Features

OnePlus 5

OnePlus recently released the much-awaited OnePlus 5 with plenty of new features such as an enhanced processor, battery and other related features. With the previous counterparts such as OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T got rave reviews across tech enthusiasts, the OnePlus 5 has been integrated with powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. Moreover, the phone is capable of delivering an impressive battery life due to unique power saving features. In this article, we will review the features and specifications of OnePlus 5 in detail.


By looking at the pictures, we infer that the OnePlus 5 has been designed to provide perfection in every detail. Even if you look at the small features, it will create a powerful sense of cohesion coupled with an improved user experience. The smartphone includes a continuous hard line wrap, which creates a horizon-centric division to the edges of the phone. The design separates light from shadow and the rounded design looks sleek when compared to other competing smartphones.

OnePlus 5

The handset is equipped with blended antenna lines paired with the flash. The Anodized Aluminum finish with just 7.254mm thickness ensures the premium look and feel. The phone stands out from the rest of the handsets available on the market.

OnePlus 5

The display bezel looks brilliant when compared with the previous OnePlus counterparts. However, the company could have adopted bezel-less display identical to that of the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, and Essential Phone. The phone ships with a fingerprint sensor on the front, which helps you to unlock the handset easily.

OnePlus 5 fingerprint

The OnePlus 5 can be easily used with one hand and provides adequate grip while using at any extreme conditions such as moving bus and shaky train. The rear side looks curved, which fits perfectly on to your hands. Moreover, the front display is also slightly curved and looks beautiful. The slim factor is achieved due to the integration of curves and the handset stands out from the crowd.

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When it comes to the display, the OnePlus 5 ships with a large 5.5-inch FHD Optic AMOLED 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected display with a pixel density of 401PPI and aspect ratio of 16:9. Moreover, you can adjust the display based on various modes such as reading, night, lift up and ambient. For instance, if you would like to read content on the night, you can activate Night mode for a comfortable reading experience.

Rating: 5/5


The OnePlus 5 is equipped the latest and powerful Snapdragon 835 processor manufactured using the 10nm process. You can clock the processor speed up to 2.45GHz without causing any heat due to a 10nm chipset. Moreover, the handset also features Adreno 540 graphics, using which you can experience an amazing visual treat. While the 6GB RAM ships with 64GB internal storage, the 8GB RAM offers 128GB total disk capacity. The highlight of OnePlus 5 is the addition of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage technology. You will be able to work with the phone without any lags and also read and write content quickly.

Rating: 5/5


On the optics front, the OnePlus 5 features a dual rear camera mechanism. The main camera includes a 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor with support for EIS, autofocus alongside f/1.7 aperture. When it comes to the other sensor, it is basically a telephoto with a massive 20MP Sony IMX 350 sensor coupled with support for PDAF and f/2.6 aperture. Moreover, the rear camera comes with dual LED flash. In addition to Panorama and HDR, the rear camera infused with OnePlus 5 also includes support for portrait, pro modes, HQ, dynamic denoise, clear image and RAW image. Based on the camera specifications, you will be able to capture excellent images even in low-light conditions.

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OnePlus 5 Camera

Talking about the selfie snapper, the OnePlus 5 is equipped with a 16MP Sony IMX 371 f/2.0 aperture sensor alongside EIS and autofocus support. The front camera also provides support for advanced features such as HDR, screen flash, smile capture in addition to several face beautification techniques. You can show to the world the wonderful selfies captured with OnePlus 5.

With the rear camera included with the fifth edition of OnePlus, you will be able to shoot 4K videos at 30fps, FHD videos at 60fps/30fps, HD videos at 30fps. You can also capture HD slow motion videos at 120fps loaded with Time-Lapse functionality.

Rating: 5/5


The OnePlus 5 features haptic vibration motor including standard sensors such as fingerprint, hall, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and RBG ambient light sensor. The phone also includes an electronic compass paired with a sensor hub. Unlike iPhone 7 and LeEco Le 2, the OnePlus 5 ships with a traditional 3.5mm audio port and dual nano-SIM card slots. If you are a big fan of entertainment, you can cheer because the OnePlus 5 includes speakers facing the bottom side. Hence, there will not be any muffling of the audio when placed even in the bed. You can have a clear conversation with 3 noise canceling microphones. The audio chipset also provides support for AANC, Dirac HD Sound, and Dirac Power Sound.

OnePlus 5 port

The highlight of OnePlus 5 is the addition of 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, which helps you to experience trouble free web browsing. The handset also includes support for latest technologies such as Bluetooth 5.0, aptX, aptX HD, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou.

With App Priority, you will be able to easily learn the usage patterns to launch important apps quickly than before. Moreover, the feature also protects intrusive apps from causing any harm to the ultimate performance that will result in battery drainage. The integrated OxygenOS built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat helps you to feel the smooth, refined and minimalistic user interface. The phone has been designed to provide support for 34 network bands worldwide. Hence, you can work with the handset anywhere using any service provider.

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Rating: 5/5


Powered by a 3300mAh battery, the OnePlus 5 features dash charging technology. You will be able to quickly charge the device without any worry of causing any heat. The product package includes a 5V 4A charger. The phone is capable of charging 30 percent within 20 minutes of charging when compared to 11% with the competing smartphones.

OnePlus 5 Dash charge

The addition of dash charging is a big bonus since it deviates all the heat to the power source. Hence, you can attend to the calls and work with the handset even during charging. You can also play games without any problem with OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 Charging

Rating: 5/5

While the 6GB RAM model is available in Slate Gray color variant at Rs. 32999, the smartphone with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage is priced at Rs. 37999 in Midnight Black color option.


We feel that OnePlus 5 is a powerful device since it includes latest Snapdragon processor, which will help you to finish all the tasks quickly without any lags. The RAM and internal storage capacities will be sufficient for working with a wide range of apps and also for gaming aggressively. Moreover, the addition of 3300mAh battery delivers enhanced backup and the dash charging capability helps you to quickly charge the handset. I would highly recommend OnePlus 5 if you are on a lookout for a premium flagship smartphone with latest trending technologies.

Rating: 5/5

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Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at

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