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OnePlus 5: five things you need to know

Today, OnePlus lifted the lid on its latest handset.

And with an impressive camera, bigger battery and a stunning design, it looks like it’ll be well worth the wait for OnePlus fans.

So what does this year’s flagship killer have in store for us? Read on to find out.

1 Dual-lens camera

OnePlus 5 camera in-action hero size

Sticking with tradition, the OnePlus 5 comes with specs to rival the latest iPhone. And nowhere is this more apparent than with the premium dual-lens camera that’s touted as the highest resolution set-up on any smartphone.

Truth be told, the camera actually promises to be even more impressive than the iPhone 7. The 16-megapixel main camera and 20-megapixel telephoto camera combine for excellent ‘depth-of-field’ shots that make rivals seem a bit flat by comparison.

The main camera also features a large f/1.7 aperture, which captures 34% more light than the OnePlus 3T camera, resulting in clear images even in poorly-lit conditions.

And it comes with fast AutoFocus, making the camera up to 40% faster and more accurate than the OnePlus 3T.

Fan of selfies? There’s also a 16-megapixel front-camera with a screen flash to help you look your best in low-light environments. And there’s an AutoHDR mode that activates automatically in ideal conditions to help you get better snaps.

In short, this is possibly the best smartphone cameras we’ve ever tested.

Don’t believe us? Here's five key things you need to know.

2 Dash charge is back and faster than ever

OnePlus 5 Dash Charge

A firm fan favourite with OnePlus owners, Dash Charge is a strong contender for fastest charging solution out there at the moment.

To put this into context, plug your OnePlus 5 in for half an hour and you’ll have enough juice to last the whole day.

Another handy feature of Dash Charge is that it’ll continue to work, even when you’re using battery-draining apps.

This means that you can continue streaming videos, play online games or even use it as a sat nav while it’s plugged into your Dash car charger. So you can arrive at your destination on time and a fully charged phone.

Even better, the OnePlus 5 is said to last 20% longer than last year’s 3T, thanks to some hardware and software optimisations.

3 OxygenOS

OnePlus 5 OxygenOS image

The OnePlus 5 comes loaded with a tweaked version of the phone-maker’s customised OxygenOS, based on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). Only this time around, it’s got some very welcome extra functions.

We were especially taken with the Reading Mode that filters out blue light and adjusts the brightness to make the screen easier to read. And we also liked the Gaming Do Not Disturb mode.

In short, it does it exactly what it says on the tin, so you can get immersed in the world of Candy Crush or Clash of the Clans without getting bothered by notifications.

It also introduces three new off-screen gestures that you can assign to specific functions or apps.

And you’ll even have a Secure Box where you can store private documents, photos and videos.

These will be encrypted and you’ll only be able to access them using either a six digit PIN or the fingerprint scanner.

4 Sleek as a baby seal’s back

OnePlus 5 black background hero image

At 7.25mm thick and weighing a featherlight 153g, the OnePlus 5 is the slimmest OnePlus phone so far.

Constructed from hard-wearing aluminium, it also debuts a more rounded design that marks it out from earlier OnePlus efforts and feels a good deal more comfortable in the hand.

Colour options? Those will be none-more-black black and a subtle grey colourway that chimes with its minimalist, industrial design.

5 Pricing and availability

OnePlus 5 on bench hero image

OnePlus fans won’t have long to wait to the OnePlus 5. It’s due to be released in the UK, as well as Europe and North America on 27th June 2017.

At launch, the 64GB version will cost £449, while the larger 128GB model will set you back £499.

The OnePlus 5 is also available on a pay monthly contract exclusively with O2. Right now, you can get the 128GB model for £9.99 upfront and then £36 a month.

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