8.4/10
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The OnePlus 5 currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 60 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Colorful, punchy display
  • Fast performance
  • Plenty of RAM
  • Decent storage
  • Good camera
  • All-day battery life
  • Price

What's bad

  • Bland design
  • No microSD support
  • Tinny, distorted loudspeaker

OnePlus established a solid reputation by offering the performance of high-end phones at a fraction of the price. With their latest release, prices have crept upwards. However, they’re still far lower than the flagships sporting similar specs.

Does the phone keep its value with the higher price tag? Reviewers have had time to check out this new release and are weighing in on the good and the bad.

Let’s see what they’re saying!

The aluminum chassis of the OnePlus 5 had many reviewers making comments about the iPhone 7. However, even those that didn’t think the design was original liked the way the curved edges and solid design felt in the hand. Trusted Reviews said, “The curved back fits perfectly in your palm, while the 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front also curves slightly. This multitude of curves make it super-slim, but also easy to fish up from a table.”

OnePlus also includes a dedicated sound profile switch on the side of the phone to make it easy to silence your phone without having to look at the screen. Other design features include a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Head around front and reviewers loved the 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen. Most considered the default color calibration odd. But you’ll find options to switch that in the device settings. Android Authority used the phone to play games and stream movies, declaring, “Despite only being 1080p, the screen looks absolutely gorgeous and is probably the best Full HD panel ever to grace a smartphone.”

Performance reviews are positive. With a 2.45Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, the phone packs the same power as many of 2017’s flagship phones. Paired with 6 or 8GB of RAM, reviews indicate that the phone screams. All without overheating or killing the battery.

Looking to compare performance to other recent releases? Android Police said, “To offer some frame of reference, the OnePlus 5 puts the Galaxy S8 to shame in terms of raw speed. It makes much better use of the Snapdragon 835 SoC in this respect. However, the OnePlus 5 doesn't feel quite as consistent as the Pixel.”

The phone runs the latest version of Android at the time of writing (7.1.1 Nougat) with the OxygenOS skin. Reviewers appreciated the subtle touches added, with Trusted Reviews saying, “'Less is more' is the software approach OnePlus has taken, and it works. There’s barely any needless bloatware and the apps that are pre-installed are designed within Google’s Material Design guidelines, so they look and work really nicely.”

With 64 and 128GB models available, you shouldn’t run into issues with storage space. However, there is no microSD support. So plan ahead before buying.

OnePlus made a big deal about their dual rear cameras. Reviews show that the hype is mostly true. Some reviewers complained that using the secondary “zoom” lens resulted in noisy shots. But otherwise, reviews are positive. The front-facing 16MP lens also received rave reviews for selfies and video chat.

The portrait mode was a mixed bag. When it worked, most loved the results. However, getting it to trigger properly fared tricky for reviewers.

Battery life reviews are stellar on the OnePlus 5. The 3300mAh battery offered enough juice to get reviewers through the day while the Dash Charging offered a full refill in just over an hour.

The only complaints we found for the phone related to the speaker. While it gets loud, it's also tinny and distorts at higher volumes.

In all, it appears that OnePlus has upgraded their experience and with it the costs. All while managing to still undercut the competition by a big margin. GSM Arena summed up overall opinions well, saying, “The OP5 is doing again what OnePlus does best - deliver cutting-edge hardware at an unbeatable price. It may be the most expensive phone by the company to date, but still good value for money regardless.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


WhistleOut

The OnePlus 5 lives up to OnePlus' "flagship killer" marketing. You'll make a few small compromises, but we're still staggered by just how much phone the OnePlus 5 gives you for its $599 starting price.

- Alex Choros, WhistleOut
Know Your Mobile

Insane value for money, essentially - something that OnePlus has become well-known for, but even by its own measure it has knocked the ball well out of the park. Yes, the price has gone up a bit from earlier models, but it is still WELL short of the competition in terms of similar spec line ups.

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile
BGR

Four months later, the OnePlus 5 is still a capable device that doesn’t disappoint. It’s remained as efficient and powerful as it was on day one, and having 8GB of RAM under the hood means that it won’t slow down any time soon. Battery life too is something that doesn’t cause any concern, and the fa...

- Ali Pardiwala, BGR
Digital Photography Review

In certain shooting situations the OnePlus 5 shows some limitations in terms of pixel-level image quality but overall the camera captures good exposures with wide dynamic range and pleasant colors. In video mode we were especially impressed by the excellent stabilization and thanks to a premium look...

- Lars Rehm, Digital Photography Review
Beta News

The OnePlus 5 is a high-end product, but it is not your typical flagship. Compared to any of the traditional players in this space, it is significantly more affordable. But it does not skimp on features.

- Mihăiță Bamburic, Beta News


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


OnePlus released the 5 on June 27, 2017.


OnePlus 5 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. OnePlus's suggested retail price is $479.00. You can compare 5 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the OnePlus 5 user manual here.


OnePlus backs up the 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact OnePlus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find OnePlus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.5"

The OnePlus 5's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3300 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1507 minutes, 654 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 5 Specs

Overview
Release date June 27, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.36 W/kg
Body: 0.84 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1122 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 654 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 379 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1507 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 52 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Black, Slate Gray, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Time lapse mode, Dual camera feature (20 MP 2nd camera), HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Time lapse mode, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments

128 GB variant has 8 GB of RAM

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Critic Reviews


WhistleOut

Amazing value, excellent performance

from WhistleOut

The OnePlus 5 lives up to OnePlus' "flagship killer" marketing. You'll make a few small compromises, but we're still staggered by just how much phone the OnePlus 5 gives you for its $599 starting price.

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The OnePlus 5 lives up to OnePlus' "flagship killer" marketing. You'll make a few small compromises, but we're still staggered by just how much phone the OnePlus 5 gives you for its $599 starting price.

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Know Your Mobile

Crazy value for money

from Know Your Mobile

Insane value for money, essentially - something that OnePlus has become well-known for, but even by its own measure it has knocked the ball well out of the park. Yes, the price has gone up a bit from earlier models, but it is still WELL short of the competition in terms of similar spec line ups.

Read full review

Insane value for money, essentially - something that OnePlus has become well-known for, but even by its own measure it has knocked the ball well out of the park. Yes, the price has gone up a bit from earlier models, but it is still WELL short of the competition in terms of similar spec line ups.

Read full review

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BGR

Still feeling the power

from BGR

Four months later, the OnePlus 5 is still a capable device that doesn’t disappoint. It’s remained as efficient and powerful as it was on day one, and having 8GB of RAM under the hood means that it won’t slow down any time soon. Battery life too is something that doesn’t cause any concern,...More

Four months later, the OnePlus 5 is still a capable device that doesn’t disappoint. It’s remained as efficient and powerful as it was on day one, and having 8GB of RAM under the hood means that it won’t slow down any time soon. Battery life too is something that doesn’t cause any concern, and the fast charging remains one of the most useful and practical features of the smartphone.

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Digital Photography Review

Looks and feels like a real top-end device all around

from Digital Photography Review

In certain shooting situations the OnePlus 5 shows some limitations in terms of pixel-level image quality but overall the camera captures good exposures with wide dynamic range and pleasant colors. In video mode we were especially impressed by the excellent stabilization and thanks to a premium l...More

In certain shooting situations the OnePlus 5 shows some limitations in terms of pixel-level image quality but overall the camera captures good exposures with wide dynamic range and pleasant colors. In video mode we were especially impressed by the excellent stabilization and thanks to a premium look and feel, powerful processing, and ample memory the OnePlus is a great device in general use.

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Beta News

Not your typical flagship

from Beta News

The OnePlus 5 is a high-end product, but it is not your typical flagship. Compared to any of the traditional players in this space, it is significantly more affordable. But it does not skimp on features.

Read full review

The OnePlus 5 is a high-end product, but it is not your typical flagship. Compared to any of the traditional players in this space, it is significantly more affordable. But it does not skimp on features.

Read full review

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Ausdroid

This phone is downright amazing

from Ausdroid

It has high end flagship specs which only lack with the display resolution but the rest of the phone is on point. It’s fast, its stylish, it’s user experience is at the very pointy end of Android phones and it takes great photos; what more could you want?

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It has high end flagship specs which only lack with the display resolution but the rest of the phone is on point. It’s fast, its stylish, it’s user experience is at the very pointy end of Android phones and it takes great photos; what more could you want?

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Make Use Of

Seriously, this is the best Android right now

from Make Use Of

This is the best Android phone currently on the market. It has a solid design, amazing cameras, intuitive software, and it's cheaper than other flagship devices. If you can survive without waterproofing, you should get the OnePlus 5.

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This is the best Android phone currently on the market. It has a solid design, amazing cameras, intuitive software, and it's cheaper than other flagship devices. If you can survive without waterproofing, you should get the OnePlus 5.

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Gadgets Now

Blurs lines between flagships and mid-rangers

from Gadgets Now

OnePlus 5 surely pushes the benchmarks of an upper-mid range smartphone a notch up. It has all the latest specifications under the hood.

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OnePlus 5 surely pushes the benchmarks of an upper-mid range smartphone a notch up. It has all the latest specifications under the hood.

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VR-Zone

Guarantees picture perfect shots and a flagship experience

from VR-Zone

In general, the OnePlus 5 is a great buy, its price hits the bottom end of premium flagships and the top end for midrangers, but it definitely offers specifications that even the best smartphones in the industry have difficulty matching. If you love sleek smartphones that give you nearly unrivall...More

In general, the OnePlus 5 is a great buy, its price hits the bottom end of premium flagships and the top end for midrangers, but it definitely offers specifications that even the best smartphones in the industry have difficulty matching. If you love sleek smartphones that give you nearly unrivalled power and speed as well as a great shooter, definitely do consider the OnePlus 5 as your next smartphone.

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Notebookcheck

Not perfect, but it is an affordable and still very good flagship smartphone

from Notebookcheck

The OnePlus 5 is a comparatively cheap smartphone with flagship qualities that did slip up a little regarding image quality of the camera but is very convincing in other areas: performance, screen, case and voice quality are all great.

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The OnePlus 5 is a comparatively cheap smartphone with flagship qualities that did slip up a little regarding image quality of the camera but is very convincing in other areas: performance, screen, case and voice quality are all great.

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