OnePlus 5 Review

OnePlus is a Chinese brand that stands out for launching good smartphones at fair prices. The OnePlus 5, although at a higher price than usual, continues to maintain a pricing policy below the various high-end market, offering quality features. Thanks to, I have got the OnePlus 5 with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, let’s go on.


We found an elegant presentation but at the same time minimalist. On its front page the most notable is the number 5 in the lower middle area and the OnePlus logo on the top of the box. While in the back we have serial number, concrete model and bar codes.

What do we find inside? Except for the lack of headphones Nothing new! The bundle consists of:

  • OnePlus 5.
    DASH charger.
    Type-C power cable.
    Extractor for the nanoSIM DUAL tray.
    Fast guide.

Design and processing

The OnePlus 5 can at first glance as an Iphone 7 Plus copy through. The two sister brands Oppo and Vivo have been launching smartphones in China for a long time, which are strongly oriented to the iphones in terms of design and software – and with great success. It is therefore conceivable that OnePlus is now jumping on the same train to drive the sales figures upwards in the Asian market. Aside from the question of whether such a practice is judged as good or bad, the OnePlus 5 has become a very nice smartphone. The Chinese show here a well-known strength: copying and optimization. So it comes that the OP5 is somewhat more compact than the iPhone, weighs 35g less and yet still houses a 400mAh stronger battery. As long as the side view towards Apple with a brise innovation spirit and the desire for improvement, we can only welcome this.

The design of the OnePlus 5 is visually appealing and thanks to the rounded housing, the mobile phone is well in the hand. With 7.3mm, the OnePlus 5, as well as its predecessor, is among the thinnest smartphones in the world and is also very comfortable with 153g. The matt black aluminum case is a bit slippery. On the back is the dual camera, which is supported by a dual LED flash. The camera, however, protrudes a bit from the housing and so it comes that the mobile phone wiggles easily, if one is lying on a table lying. Below the display is an oval Home button, This can not be mechanically actuated and serves as a fingerprint sensor. Unlocking is very fast and there is never any error. In addition to the Home button, there are two soft-touch buttons on the left and right, the function of which can be adjusted in the mobile phone settings. Alternatively, on-screen buttons can be activated. We welcome the fact that the OnePlus still has the classic soft-touch buttons, which means that there is more room for screen monitors. A notification LED is also available and can be configured in the settings. The power button is located on the right side. On the left there are the volume controls and a slide, which can switch on the Mute and Do-not-Disturb mode in three stages.

On the bottom of the smartphone is the good old 3.5mm headphone jack, two speaker grilles and a USB Type C connector. The OnePlus 5 is not waterproof, can be noted as a minus point with a $500 mobile phone.

The OnePlus 5 has a very nice design, which is obviously oriented on the Iphone. This does not bother us, however, since the mobile phone has the nose in terms of compactness, weight and battery capacity compared to the Californian model. The processing quality therefore belongs to the premium class. However, there are prints for the mono loudspeaker and the missing IP standard.


With the OnePlus 5 you get a 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED display with FullHD resolution. Compared to the OnePlus 3T, there were no major changes. In contrast to the Samsung S8’s infinity display, you do not have to use optical wow effects.

Apart from that, the display of the OnePlus in our test, however, can achieve good results. The contrast is AMOLED-typically infinitely high . Black is actually black, because not required pixels are also not illuminated. For color rendering, the OnePlus 5 is more like a crisp-colored image than natural color reproduction. The display brightness is good, but behind a Xiaomi Mi6 or Samsung Galaxy S8 back. If the automatic brightness control is activated, no further improvement in readability is achieved in direct sunlight. The readability with light irradiation is therefore only average.

The color display can be adapted to your own preferences in the display settings. However, a truly natural image is not obtained, since the display always retains a slight redness, which is especially noticeable when looking from the side perspective. In addition, there are practical Smart Wake features and a reading and night mode, In the night mode, the bluish radiation of the display is reduced to protect the eyes and mind. The mode can be switched on and off automatically at certain hours or automatically adjusts to the sun hours of the location. The reading mode switches the display to black and white and thus creates a successful E-Ink Ebookreader effect. A split-screen mode is, of course, also available and the display can be split into two equal-sized parts.

The OnePlus 5 has a very nice AMOLED display with crisp colors. You do not need extra features like a Curved or Edgeless display. However, the OnePlus 5 offers a lot of softwareside settings.

Buy OnePlus 5 at for $549.99


Oneplus 5 is No.1 point in Antutu, 203712 points

The OnePlus 5 is a brutal performance monster. With a Snapdragon 835 it has the currently fastest mobile processor installed. The Octa core processor works with two clusters. In a performance cluster, 4 Kryo 280 cores with a maximum of 2.45 GHz are used. The power clusters have 4 slow clocked clocked Kryo 280 cores at 1.9 GHz. Thanks to the 10nm process, the processor is powerful and energy efficient at the same time. Added to version 6 or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The internal memory is 64 or 128GB depending on the version, Anyone who accesses the large version with 8/128GB should do this primarily because of the memory space. The RAM is also big enough with 6GB of RAM for all conceivable requirements. As far as the performance of the OnePlus 5 in everyday life is concerned, the smartphone can convince with a very good speed. There are almost no loading times, and all 3D games are displayed with high graphics settings. The read and write speed is flagship-worthy with 397/240 MB per second.

The fact that the OnePlus 5 brings enough power for all possible requirements does not have to be proven by benchmarks. The benchmark results of the OnePlus 5 are not to be trusted anyway. In the XDA Developers Forum it was revealed that OnePlus has manipulated the system to achieve higher scores. It is a pity that the manufacturer is trying to mislead its customers.

Oxygen OS

The Oneplus 5 is with the latest Android version 7.1.1. fitted. The system runs very fast and smoothly and we had no bugs or bugs during our test phase. The OxygenOS interface was created by the manufacturer via the standard Android interface. OxygenOS is an optically slightly modified Android software, which in some places provides the system with useful additional features. While the functionality is slightly increased, the appearance remains largely as you are accustomed to by Stock Android. The advantage is that the system of the Oneplus 5 is very clear and clean. It is neither loaded with unwanted third-party software apps nor with unclear design elements.

On the start screen, there is an additional page where widgets can be stored and the most recently used apps and contacts are displayed. In the security functions, it is also possible to assign a fingerprint lock to individual apps. Most changes, however, concern only details and offer the user somewhat more setting possibilities. Oxygen OS is a comprehensively clean and fast system based on Android 7.


The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera consisting of a wide-angle camera with 16 megapixels and a Sony IMX 398 sensor and electronic image stabilization. The second telephoto camera has 20 megapixels and works with a Sony IMX 350 sensor. The main camera makes very nice shots in daylight and is at first glance on a level with the Xiaomi Mi6 and Samsung S8, The differences are, of course, in the detail. In terms of sharpness, the OnePlus 5 is equal to an Xiaomi Mi6. In the color reproduction and the dynamic range, the images often differ visibly. The OnePlus 5 tends to make colors look a little exaggerated, making less realistic images. The pictures are almost always a light yellow. Also shadows are frequently brightened easily.

Dual camera features

In terms of the dual camera features, the OnePlus 5’s most powerful competitor is, of course, the Xiaomi Mi6. On both handsets are the main features of the dual camera setup bokeh shots with blurred background and 2x optical zoom. The twofold zoom works well with the Oneplus 5. Gezoomte pictures have a good sharpness and lie equal with the Xiaomi Mi6. However, the color representation of the telephoto lens is too yellowish and often appears unnatural. Even more striking is the difference in portrait shooting in bokeh mode. Here, the OnePlus 5 does not make a bad job and in fact you can produce vivid recordings. However, it usually takes 3 to 5 attempts. The Xiaomi Mi6 is almost every shot almost perfectly represented and the background is even better separated.

Selfies are from a 371 sensor 16MP camera with Sony IMX added. The pictures have enough sharpness. The color reproduction is unfortunately less successful. Already with the cameras on the back often a light yellow appeared. This is also available for the front camera, but it is very unpleasant when taking pictures of people. With the Oneplus 5 you can still shoot good selfies, but you get a more natural color with other high-end phones.

As far as the video recordings of the OnePlus 5 are concerned, one usually reads on the Internet that they can not convince because of the missing optical image stabilizer. Compared to the Xiaomi Mi6 with OIS and the Samsung S8, we compared the OnePlus with OIS and EIS. The result: the video recordings of the OnePlus are superior in terms of the stability of the competition by length, with the criticism of the missing image stabilizer then also swept away from the table, The videos are also very smooth when walking. The picture quality is also very good and convinces with many details and little artifacts. Only in the case of the color representation, as in the case of images, a somewhat too yellowish representation is shown. This does not change the fact that the OnePlus together with the Galaxy S8 the highest quality. The following modes are available for recording.

  • 4K videos at 30 fps (without image stabilization).
    1080P videos at 60 fps.
    1080P videos at 30 fps.
    720P videos at 30 fps.
    Slow motion: 720p video at 120 fps.
    Time lapse

Even with the front camera you can record good 1080p videos with 30FPS, which are just as very quiet and have a good overall quality.


In terms of the use of mobile Internet, the OnePlus 5 is an all-around happy package. In addition to all the LTE frequencies required in Germany , a large number of other LTE tapes are also supported, so that travel is also very good. Thank God, there are no country-specific versions anymore, and all LTE tapes are also available on the version available in China. If you want to do without German-speaking service and delivery in favor of the price, can do so with the OnePlus 5 without any doubts.

The network reception of the smartphone is strong and two Nano SIM cards can be operated simultaneously in the mobile phone. However, there is no way to expand the memory. When talking on the phone, the OnePlus can convince you with an up-to-date conversation quality and also the hands-free function works well. The loudspeaker was saved however. There are two speaker outputs, however, there is only one mono speaker. The sound is good for a mono speaker, but it can not compete with the stereo speakers of other premium smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi6. The 3.5mm jack connector provides a very good sound.

Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac with support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Unfortunately, the Wifi data throughput is a disappointment. 10 meters from the router are already only 6 Mbps on the OnePlus 5, while a Xiaomi Mi6 or Samsung S8 pull even more from the line.

The poor performance in the Wifi can the OnePlus 5 nevertheless the latest Bluetooth 5.0 standard oppose. Here, the connection is stable to several meters and for high-quality music is also available aptX and aptX HD. Other sensors include a Hall sensor, Acceleration Sensor, Proximity Sensor, NFC and a Gyroscope. VR glasses can be used without problems with the OnePlus 5, although one with a 2K display as with the Samsung S8 a better VR experience gets. Location determination is reliably via GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou and an e-compass is used for pedestrian navigation.

Battery life

The OnePlus 5 has a 3300mAh strong battery. Fortunately, thanks to a good software optimization and the economical SuperAMOLED display, the manufacturer managed to get a very good runtime from the battery. Throughout the day you can easily use the smartphone for 7 hours at medium brightness, without having to reload. To play a one-hour Youtube video, the OnePlus 5 only needs 8 percent. Also with graphically complex gaming the mobile phone shows relatively sparingly. In the PC-Mark Akkutest, the OnePlus 5 holds under load all 10 hours! The recharge time also provides ample energy for demanding users for one day of use.

The OnePlus is loaded with the in-house DASH batch method. This sets a breathtaking speed to the day. After half an hour, the smartphone has already charged 60% of the battery. After 70 minutes one has 95% and for the full charge 1: 20h is needed. These are all top values, which ensure that a short-term recharge provides enough energy for a longer period of time.

Buy OnePlus 5 at for $549.99


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