OnePlus lifted the lid on its latest flagship phone, pairing the “highest resolution dual camera system on any smartphone” with a compact-and-bijou design.
Billed as the “thinnest and sleekest OnePlus flagship ever”, the handset comes in at a svelte 7.25mm thick but manages to make room for a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD AMOLED screen.
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With more rounded corners and edges than its predecessors but with the same black and grey colour options, it’s fashioned from aluminium and weighs in at 153g. That’s 5g lighter than the OnePlus 3T.
Perhaps the phone’s standout feature is its dual camera set-up at the rear of the phone.
Teaming a 16-megapixel main camera with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera, it’s designed to allow you to take snaps with a more professional, DSLR-style depth-of-field effect.
Like the iPhone 7 camera’s ‘bokeh’ feature, this means you can blur out background details while bringing the subject of your shots into pin-sharp focus.
The dual cameras are also noteworthy for offering up to 8X zoom. Or you can zoom in by up to 2X by tapping the zoom button once, for those times when you need a close-up shot in a hurry.
According to OnePlus, the Fast AF technology means the OnePlus 5 focuses up to 40% faster and more accurately than the OnePlus 3T.
As is becoming increasingly common on top-end phones, the camera records 4K video and is equipped with optical image stabilisation to give your mini movies a multiplex sheen. While a noise-cancelling microphone means your concert films won’t be ruined by background hubbub.
For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with the option to make the screen flash so you get better portraits in low-light conditions.
All three cameras are equipped with Smart Capture technology to help less experienced snappers get good results.
This improves the clarity of your snaps automatically and clears up background noise by comparing “different frames of the same photo and filtering out inconsistencies”.
There’s also a pro mode for those of you who really know your way around a camera and want to get a bit creative. But we’ll be covering that in more detail in our in-depth look at the OnePlus 5’s camera.
In keeping with other OnePlus smartphones, the handset-maker’s exclusive Dash Charge technology is on board.
OnePlus claims this gives the phone’s 3,300mAh battery a full day’s charge in half an hour.
Interestingly although the phone’s battery is smaller than the 3T’s, a suite of hardware and software optimisations means it purportedly lasts 20% longer than its predecessor.
OnePlus’ customised OxygenOS version of Android is also present and correct. Based on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), this time around it’s been tweaked to offer more customisation options and some neat new features.
Not least of which is the Reading Mode, which replicates an e-reader, and Expanded Screenshots, which lets you take a shot of display and automatically scrolls down to save anything on the page until you press the button to stop.
We’ve also got three new off-screen gestures to get to grips with, all of which can be assigned to activate functions or apps.
Other features of the OnePlus 5 include a brawny, power-efficient Qualcomm 835 processor, an Adreno 835 GPU for smoother 3D gaming, a fingerprint scanner, NFC support for contactless payments and a bottom-facing speaker.
Due to go on sale on 27th June, the OnePlus 5 will set you back £449 for the 64GB edition and £499 for the roomier 128GB model.
O2, which has exclusive rights to sell the phone on monthly contracts, is taking pre-orders for the OnePlus 5 right now. Order today (21st June) and you'll get it on 22nd June.
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