OnePlus 5 Pros and Cons: Should You Buy It?

Namrata Gogoi

If you follow the tech scene then you know how OnePlus 5 has hogged the limelight in the past few days. Be it the leaks, the embargo breaks or the not-so-great reviews, it has surely continued to dominate the tech news cycle.

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Post the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 is one of the most awaited phones of this season. Packed with a great processor, an AMOLED screen, and a dual camera setup, the features seem promising.

So, should you settle for the all new OnePlus 5? To help out with that, instead of going through only the good features, check out this list of OnePlus 5 pros and cons.

OnePlus 5 Pros

1. Snapdragon 835

The OnePlus5 is the first phone in India to have the advanced Octacore 10-nanometer design Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. Combined with the 6GB (or 8GB for the 128GB variant) of RAM, it can not only render graphics faster but is also more battery efficient.

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The high amount of RAM will make sure that the device is able to keep more apps in the active memory, without the need to relaunch them. Plus the 10-nm chipset keeps the device cool, even when it’s charging.

2. Dual Camera

Going by the latest fad in the smartphone market, OnePlus5 also comes bundled with a dual camera setting. While the front camera is of 8-megapixel, the two rear cameras are a combination of a 16-megapixel lens and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens.

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Both the lens is made by Sony and the primary camera has an aperture of f/1.7 while the secondary camera has an aperture of f/2.6. The telephoto lens will offer up to 2x zoom and both the lenses will combine together to capture impressive photos with a greater depth of field, akin to the portrait mode of the iPhone 7 Plus.

3. Bluetooth 5.0

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first phone to have the new version of Bluetooth, and the OnePlus 5 is following in the same footsteps.

With the new Bluetooth 5.0, pairing and connecting to devices is a lot faster along with increased throughput.

If we talk numbers, the new Bluetooth version doubles the connection speed and quadruples the range to cover nearly around 2oo meters in the direct line of sight.

So, with the new range, you can easily roam around your house while you play songs through your Bluetooth speakers.

4. Dash Charge

In the fast paced world, the faster the phone charges, the better it is. And the OnePlus’s Dash Charge proves that point beyond a doubt. Just like the OnePlus 3/3T, the OnePlus 5 also comes packed with the mighty Dash Charger.

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The Dash Charge is capable of charging the phone from 0-60% in just 30 mins and that’s more than impressive, I’d say.

Until the time, we see a phone with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ standard, the OnePlus’s Dash Charge is the best bet if you are on a lookout for faster charging time.

5. Quick Pay

This one is a nifty feature of the OnePlus 5. Going by the trend of Digital India, OnePlus has partnered with Paytm and has launched the Quick Pay feature for the Indian consumers. Using this feature, users will be able to launch the Paytm app quickly.

This feature needs a registered fingerprint and once that is set up, all you have to do is long-press on the home button to bring up the barcode scanner of the Paytm app.

OnePlus 5 Cons

1. Not Exactly 2x Zoom

To be precise, the OnePlus 5 features 2x lossless zoom and not optical zoom. The optical zoom is only at 1.6x while the remaining 0.4x is captured through the phone’s baked-in SmartCapture technology.

2. No OIS Techniques

Surely, a built-in stabilization technique ensures smooth and crisp pictures and videos, especially the videos. After all, you wouldn’t want your videos to comes out with a noticeable shake.

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However, on the OP5, the much-needed OIS is missing. So, in the case of low light photography, you might end up with a grainy or a blurry image in the absence of the physical stabilization techniques.

3. No IP68 Protection

You have to be a bit extra vigilant with the OnePlus 5 since it’s not water resistant or dust proof. So even an accidental fall in water might be enough to land it in a service center.

Even though it isn’t IP-rated, it’s splash proof which means that it’ll be able to handle a light rain or a drop in a puddle of water. But yeah, you’ll have to be cautious.

4. USB-C 2.0 Cable

When most of the new flagships like the Google Pixel or the Samsung Galaxy S8 packs in the new USB-C 3.0 standard cable, the OnePlus 5 is still stuck with older version of USB-C 2.0. The USB-C 2.0 means a slower rate of data transfer.

5. No Universal Adapter

Though OnePlus’s Dash Charge is a boon for those who are looking for charging on the go, the OP Dash Charge adapter is a proprietary standard.

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So, this means that you need to have both the charging cable and the adapter to get the benefits of Dash Charge.

If you lose it or forget to take it with you, you’ll have to manage with the slow charging. So, these were some of the pros and cons associated with the OnePlus 5. Now, let’s take a look at the pricing.

Pricing and Availability

The OnePlus 5 6GB/64GB variant will go on sale for Rs. 32,999 and the bigger 8GB/128GB variant will go on sale for Rs.37,999 in India.

In the US, the OnePlus 5 6GB/64GB variant will cost $479 and the 8GB/128GB variant has a slightly higher price of $539.

As for the availability, the OnePlus 5 is exclusively available on Amazon and OnePlus store online, along with several pop-up events spread across some of the Metros.

Will You Go For It?

So, will you upgrade your Android smartphone to the all new OnePlus 5? We will be waiting to hear back from you.

See Next: 20 FAQs About OnePlus 5: Everything To Know

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Namrata Gogoi

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Namrata Gogoi

An engineer turned tech writer, Namrata used to write software codes before turning to a career in tech- writing. She is passionate about travelling, food and reading about cool new stuff. Apart from that, she holds a bachelors degree in I.T and hails from Guwahati.