OnePlus has finally delivered its highly-anticipated OnePlus 5 smartphones after months of anticipation. The new smartphone is pegged as a great competitor to the iPhone 7 Plus as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and an affordable one as well.
While OnePlus 5 is now the flagship device, OnePlus 3T is not that old and if price is a constraint and a deciding factor, many will go for the OnePlus 3T. However, a look at OnePlus 5 is recommended before you decide on OnePlus 3T just because of the price.
OnePlus 5 sees a lot of design changes and from the looks of it, we believe iPhone 7 is the inspiration. Placement of the antenna bands, the dual camera setup, and the thin metal rounded frame are all the changes seen in plain sight. The bezels in the front remain at the top and bottom of the device, with the Home Button still donning the capsule shape sits on the front panel, with the fingerprint sensor placed underneath.
If we look at the specifications, the OnePlus 5 is definitely a behemoth of a smartphone with upgrades in almost all departments. Features such as Gorilla Glass 5 protection, latest octa Snapdragon 835 SoC with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM are some of the best selling points of the OnePlus 5. In comparison, the OnePlus 3T doesn’t pack that much firepower considering it features Snapdragon 821 SoC with two cores clocked at 2.35GHz and two cores at 1.6GHz and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The dual camera setup is probably the biggest change. There are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors at the back – with the latter a telephoto lens. The 16-megapixel main camera bears a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T.
The 20-megapixel telephoto camera bears a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor, with an f/2.6 aperture. At the front, is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS. In comparison, the OnePlus 3T bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and EIS.
At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera at the front with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds.
The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 per cent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering. The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 per cent more battery life than its predecessor – according to the company.
The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. Finally, OxygenOS running on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots (brought to the OnePlus 3T with OxygenOS 4.1.6 update), and a semi-transparent app drawer.One other notable addition is the support for Bluetooth v5.0 on the OnePlus 5, compared to Bluetooth v4.2 on the OnePlus 3T.
It also adds an additional microphone for better noise cancellation and audio recording. As for dimensions, the OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer at 7.25mm, compared to the 7.35mm of the OnePlus 3T. It weighs slightly less as well, at 153 grams compared to its predecessor’s 158 grams weight.