OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

After the first model appeared OnePlus passed three years, but this manufacturer still has a reputation as a revolutionary among other companies. The OnePlus approach is really quite interesting, and in the new model it is still well traced. The company can no longer be called a start-up, since it employs several hundred employees. Smartphones OnePlus today are sold not only in the online store of the company (at least temporarily), and at a price new items are targeted at the flagship of Samsung and other manufacturers. Therefore, the new smartphones OnePlus 5 will have to provide more than the predecessors. You will learn all the details in our review.

OnePlus deliberately introduced its flagship a little later than competitors’ models. Test samples were sent out in advance to the press, but there was no firmware. It became available only at the start of sales, and this also applies to our test sample. The new firmware fixed various bugs, as well as improved work with the camera.

The smartphone OnePlus 5 is available from June 27, but only in a branded online store.In Russia at the time of publication, we found only the “senior” version at a price of 45.0 thousand rubles . But there are still few proposals, in due course the price should decrease. In Europe, some retail stores started selling a day later than the official submission, depending on the version of OnePlus 5 will cost 499 or 559 euros. The first model is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, the latter – 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. Gray and black colors are available, but in practice the difference between them is even smaller than one might think, based on photographs.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

OnePlus focuses attention on the dual camera of the new smartphone, but users are even more actively discussing SoC. The company again decided to integrate the cheating regime. First it was noticed by the developers on the XDA resource, and we can confirm their observations with our sample.

The essence of this mode is the list of applications and tests built into the operating system. After they start, the OS changes the SoC behavior. Including the clocks of the effective cluster and the mechanism of temperature monitoring. In practice, this means the following: CPU cores from 1 to 4 constantly operate at a clock speed of 1.9 GHz, even at a critical temperature level. But Kernels 5 through 8, which belong to a productive cluster, work in the normal mode. The same goes for the GPU – at least, we did not notice any direct effects.

However, the rise in temperature due to high clock speeds leads to a fairly rapid decrease in frequency. At first glance, the cheating of the manufacturer was not successful. But OnePlus still achieved its goal: the forced performance of an efficient cluster of CPUs leads to the fact that in the tests the performance results are higher than the main competitors on Snapdragon 835. The fact that results are reduced after the third or fourth run is not important – you can indicate the results of the first Run.

Left: if OnePlus 5 recognizes the launch of the test, the effective cluster will always run at maximum frequencies. Right: under 3DMark OnePlus 5 does not activate the “cheat” mode, we get the usual behavior of SoC on the clock frequencies

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

The cheating mode affects the results of AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks in all versions, Androbench and GFXBench. In the other tests, we did not notice the suspicious work of SoC, including 3DMark. In any case, the results of the tests should be treated with caution.

However, such a cheating regime seems superfluous. If you believe the developers of XDA, OnePlus gained an increase of about 5%, but not under a long load. Given the level of performance that Snapdragon 835 achieves in the standard mode, such a growth in the role does not play. As the recent test of HTC U11 , in everyday scenarios the difference between Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 835 is difficult to notice. The 8-core processor with Kryo cores at frequencies up to 1.9 and 2.45 GHz provides more than enough performance for any scenarios, even in heavy games we did not notice the frame rate subsidence. In this respect, does not matter, for example, the transition to Samsung Exynos 8895 with a slightly more powerful GPU or on the Huawei Kirin 960 with slightly lower performance.

The smartphone OnePlus 5 is allocated a significant amount of RAM. Indeed, the volume of 6 or 8 GB exceeds the level of competitors Galaxy S8, U11 and many other flagships.A significant amount of memory is noticeable when running “gluttonous” applications or when switching between several programs. Switching is faster than when the contents of the memory are paged from the drive. However, we are talking about fractions of a second. Moreover, the internal storage can not be called slow. OnePlus used UFS 2.1 memory in all models, including our test sample (8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory). In the Androbench test, we got up to 411 and 77 MB / s, in PCMark – up to 544 and 146 MB / s. As a result, the performance of OnePlus 5 was at the same level as the Galaxy S8 and P10 .

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

In any case, in tests that do not activate the cheating mode, the potential of OnePlus 5 is noticeable. In 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, we got a score of 40.300 points, a little faster than U11. In the Slingshot run, the result was 4.600 points – enough for the first place. In a less popular test, BaseMark OS II smartphone set a new record with a score of 3.400 points.

In addition, the regime of cheating leads to its negative consequences. High clock speeds and high temperatures of OnePlus give a significant level of heat release. And the case noticeably heats up. Under load, we got the back cover heated to 46 ° C, the XDA developers in their tests received more than 50 ° C.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

OnePlus 5: Specifications, display, battery life

For the rest of the equipment, which is partly part of SoC, OnePlus 5 does not fully exploit the potential of Snapdragon 835. According to Qualcomm, the speed of downloading the LTE modem is up to 1 Gb / s thanks to the support of Cat 16, in the case of OnePlus 5 it will be necessary to limit to Cat 12 and 13 With a speed of up to 600 Mbps. However, this is not important, since in Russia, the networks of operators are developing much slower than the capabilities of terminals.

More offensively, the USB Type C interface works according to the USB 2.0 standard only, although SoC also supports USB 3.1 Gen 1. All this results in a rather slow transfer of data from the internal memory via cable. As for the Bluetooth version, there are also questions. SoC supports Bluetooth 5, but Android 7.1.1 still does not have drivers.Whether OnePlus could integrate drivers into OxygenOS is unknown. If not, only Bluetooth 4.2 is available, even if the specifications state otherwise.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

Overall, the OnePlus 5 is equipped well. In addition to the LTE modem, there is Bluetooth support and a USB port, WLAN (802.11a / b / g / n / ac and 2×2 MIMO design), NFC.Microphones and speakers work well in voice communications, except that suppressing ambient noise could be better, although OnePlus uses three microphones. The speaker from the bottom end is designed for music playback and hands-free communication, high and medium frequencies are well represented, however low ones are almost completely absent. The maximum volume level is good, but from about 75%, distortions begin to appear. So it’s better to use a Bluetooth headset or headphones. Moreover, OnePlus 5 offers a 3.5 mm audio jack and supports the aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth protocols.

OnePlus 5 is available with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory, the price is 499 or 559 euros.

In our tests, we did not encounter suspicious trips or too frequent transitions to slow standards. Unless after switching OnPlus 5 on the connection to the mobile network took more time than usual.

A set of sensors is quite typical, including an orientation sensor, an accelerometer and an external brightness sensor. Supports satellite positioning systems GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, except that the European Galileo is absent. The smartphone can be conveniently unlocked using a fingerprint scanner under the display, which in our tests worked quickly and reliably. But to control the interface, it is not used. Optionally, the sensor can be used as the Home button together with the touch buttons, but you can go to the on-screen buttons. Also Oxygen OS provides additional control options, you can use gestures to start applications, take screenshots, there is also a popular double-tap function for waking up.

OnePlus 5 display

The predecessors of OnePlus have repeatedly criticized for the quality of the display. For the smartphone OnePlus 3T, we even had to release an update of the firmware, which was met with approval. Therefore, there were concerns about the quality of the OnePlus 5 display, especially since the same panel as the OnePlus 3T is used technically: 5.5 inches, Full-HD, Optic AMOLED, Pentile Matrix.

This combination really gives ground for fears. The matrix Pentile usually leads to a more blurry image than the usual RGB, which is due to a smaller real pixel density. And AMOLED panels often give too cool a color.

But, as our tests showed, OnePlus did a good job. Of course, the default color temperature is too cold – 7.900 K, but after manual adjustment of OnePlus 5 we were able to achieve an almost ideal level of 6.500 K. As a result, the white color was white, not bluish. Why sRGB mode is not installed by default, for us remains a mystery. In addition, there is a user mode and DCI-P3. However, the settings affect not only the color temperature, but also the quality of the color rendering. As a result, when the color temperature approaches the optimum, the color rendering quality is subjectively deteriorated. Objectively say something is difficult, because the color coverage in each case exceeds 100%.

We expected to get good brightness and very good contrast. The maximum brightness of the panel was 442 cd / m², the uniformity of 93%. Unlike the Super AMOLED panels on Samsung smartphones, the OnePlus 5 and the Optic AMOLED panel, the black color was not absolute, we found the residual brightness. However, it was only 0.006 cd / m², which is well below the good IPS panels with a brightness of 0.25 to 0.3 cd / m². In any case, the contrast we received was excellent – 73.667: 1.

In fact, behind the panel Optic AMOLED hides the usual panel Super AMOLED from Samsung, but with programmatic changes OnePlus.

Full-HD and Snapdragon 835 save energy

There were also a lot of disputes about the capacity of the battery of disputes.Manufacturers of smartphones are trying to make the body as thin as possible, so in many cases you have to save on the battery. The difference of even 0.1 mm is important, as seen from OnePlus 5. With a thickness of 7.3 mm, the manufacturer managed to integrate a 3.300 mAh battery, but the 7.4-mm-thick OnePlus 3T allowed the battery to be integrated into 3.400 mAh. However, assumptions about the negative effect on battery life were groundless – as was evident from the same HTC U11 . The reason is simple: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 works very efficiently.

In the Full-HD video preview test with a display brightness of 200 cd / m², the OnePlus 5 smartphone lasted 19 hours. As a result, the smartphone overtook all current flagships and became the leader. The reason lies in the combination of the resolution of Full-HD, AMOLED panel and SoC. Samsung, for example, for the also uses an economical panel technology and an efficient chip, but the battery’s low capacity and high resolution negate the benefits.

In the test of everyday scenarios, we performed several phone calls every day, accessed the Internet through WLAN and LTE, worked with mail, social networks, messengers, etc.The smartphone OnePlus 5 lasted two and a half days. That is, if you removed it from charging in the morning, then you need to connect the smartphone back after 52 hours.The battery life is good, albeit not a record. Despite all the energy-saving features of Android 7 miracles we do not get. As usual, if you run games, the battery life will be significantly reduced. With intensive use, you need to charge your smartphone every day.

Thanks to Dash Charge, we get a fast charging speed. The complete power supply provides power up to 20 W, for 30 minutes the battery is charged up to almost 60%, per hour – more than 90%. So the manufacturer kept his promises. Unfortunately, OnePlus does not support wireless charging and the Qualcomm Quick Charge standard.

We were unable to test OnePlus 5 in the PCMark scenario because of a persistent and repeatable error. Despite all efforts, the battery test has always “crashed” after two hours.

OnePlus 5: Camera

Two cameras do not guarantee high quality of images

Focus OnePlus 5 can be understood by the slogan “Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.”OnePlus not only installed a fashionable dual camera, but also chose a record resolution: two RGB sensors in total give 36 megapixels, which allows you to count on high-quality images.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

But if you look closely at the technical specifications, there is not much to expect from cameras. In addition to the high resolution of the two rear sensors, the OnePlus 5 cameras offer little. The main camera is equipped with a sensor at 16 MP (Sony IMX 398, left / top), but the pixel size is only 1.12 microns. The second camera (Sony IMX 350, right / bottom) provides 20 MP, but the size is only 1 micron. In the latter case, a telephoto lens with aperture f / 2.6 is used, a wide-angle lens with aperture f / 1.7 is installed in front of the 16-MP sensor. But both cameras lack an optical stabilizer.

Therefore, it is not necessary to expect miracles in scant lighting conditions.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

Left: The main camera with a wide-angle lens copes well with colors and brightness, although the sharpness is sometimes excessive. Right: the second camera works in a telephoto, it captures more details, but the noise is more noticeable.

The reason lies, among other things, in the functionality of the cameras selected by OnePlus. It seems that Apple was the source of inspiration. In normal shooting scenarios, only the main camera is used, the second camera is connected when using zoom (2x).Together the cameras work only in the depth effect mode. In it, the main camera captures the standard information of the image, the additional camera – depth information. The processor then calculates the depth effect or bokeh. In general, the effect is convincing, but it is still inferior to Huawei Mate 9 and P10, as well as Apple iPhone 7 Plus

In general, the quality of the images depends on the sensor used. The main camera captures colors and brightness well in conditions of sufficient illumination, the white balance is observed accurately, but the pictures often look excessively harsh. The noise in the pictures shows even at ISO 100, but it starts to interfere only with a strong increase. We liked the additional camera less. Of course, a higher resolution allows more details to be transmitted, which gives its advantages when zoomed in, but the colors are slightly duller, sometimes the picture itself is a bit darker than we would like. And there is a lot of noise.

In HDR mode, both sensors are not ideal – the dynamic range is not as wide. In conditions of poor lighting, the OnePlus 5 overstates the brightness, regardless of the selected sensor. Therefore, the images do not correspond to reality. Also noticeably a lot of noise, on the edges of the picture details are blurred. Focusing is relatively long, because OnePlus relies mainly on phase comparison, and laser focusing is absent.

The front camera OnePlus is presented by the sensor Sony IMX 371 (16 MP, 1 micron), which is supplemented by a wide-angle lens (aperture f / 2.0). On selfi, saturated colors and a good level of brightness are noticeable, but here the detailing is usually “lame.”Perhaps the reason lies in a fixed focus. The HDR mode of the front camera is just as unconvincing, so does the rear camera. There is a shutter release function to detect a smile.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

In the case of video recording, only the main sensor of the rear camera is used. The smartphone allows you to shoot video in UHD resolution up to 30 frames per second, at 1080p up to 30 or 60 frames per second, at 720p – 30 fps. Slow Motion shooting is limited to 720p and 120 fps, Time Lapse is 1080p and 30 fps. Colors and brightness are transmitted well, but the noise is noticeable, as in the case of photographs. In addition, artifacts appear on fast movements. Another note: despite the high system performance, UHD rollers are limited to ten minutes.

The camera application is identical to Google, for example, on Pixel and Pixel XLsmartphones. But OnePlus not only added changes related to the dual camera, but also integrated the Pro mode. It provides access to the most important parameters such as ISO and shutter speed, allows you to save images in RAW format, histograms are available to estimate exposure before shooting. The design of the application is convenient and intuitive, except that some buttons are too small – for example, to switch between photo and video mode, which somewhat blurs the overall impression.

OnePlus 5: Design, software

With the first two models of OnePlus, the manufacturer especially emphasized the quality of the case. Finishing materials and appearance were noticeably different from other generation models 2014 and 2015. Subsequent versions received a more traditional design, losing some distinctive features. The same can be said about OnePlus 5.

At first glance it can be seen that the company focused the design on the iPhone 7 Plus.In fact, there are two common features, but both are very significant: the design of a double camera on the back, the shape and location of antenna insulators. This choice is not entirely understandable, especially since OnePlus has worked on several different designs. But in the end the manufacturer chose the design closest to Apple’s competitor, so the charges of similarity seem quite fair.

OnePlus 5 looks pretty simple, the workmanship is excellent, but the design is too much like the iPhone 7 Plus

Otherwise, OnePlus 5 looks rather modest. The front of the smartphone can be confused with the product HTC or Samsung, the backdrop is identical to the models of many other manufacturers. Unless the OnePlus logo is allocated to the right and below the camera.Black version of the smartphone OnePlus 5 looks very modest and not very attractive.Behind the eye stops only on the camera, in front there is nothing original at all.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

More interesting are the dimensions of the case 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm. Due to the shape, the body seems thinner, especially for the rounded right and left backs, which smoothly passes into the frame. As a result, the body appears to be solid. However, from below and from above, the backdrop transitions are completely different, they no longer fit well in the overall design.

The display occupies 73% of the front panel, there is no special protection against moisture and dust from OnePlus 5

The manufacturing quality of the aluminum case is impeccable, the weight of 153 g can also be attributed to the advantages. The case, of course, is rather modest, but we did not find sharp and unworked edges or uneven gaps. Buttons on the right (standby) and on the left panels (loudness, slider noiseless mode) work without backlash, the trigger point is probed well. Finally, the color of the card tray above the wait button corresponds to the rest of the case. Certified protection against penetration of moisture and dust is not present.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

But in terms of ergonomics, everything is not as good as we would like. In the usual position of the smartphone in the hand to the slider of the silent mode to reach the problematic, it is too high on the left end. If the hands of the user are small, then the contact surface of the sides also decreases, the smartphone lies in the hand is not so reliable – in no small part due to the smooth backdrop. Of course, you can not even think about working with one hand. This is due not only to the display diagonal, but also to a small occupied area on the front panel – only about 73%.

OxygenOS is better than pure Android

On OnePlus 5, OnePlus installed a proprietary operating system. About a year after the start of the use of CyanogenOS from this practice, it was decided to move away, now the OxygenOS solution is being used, which is constantly being improved. In fact, before us is a custom firmware, which in many ways looks like pure Android. OnePlus was shipped with version 4.5.0, we tested version 4.5.1. The new versions are based on Android 7.1.1 with May security patches.

Among the most important changes compared to pure Android is a screen called Shelf, which is located to the left of the home screen. It allows you to conveniently arrange widgets and the most important information. It resembles the overview screen for iOS widgets. In addition, OxygenOS offers more customization options than pure Android – in addition to the additional management capabilities of the smartphone.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

An important advantage of the system is a lower consumption of resources. OnePlus abandoned many visual effects, so that the load on the SoC and the battery was less.Beginners in the world of Android and OnePlus will not be so easy. Unlike the same shells of Huawei EMUI or HTC Sense in this case, OxygenOS is more designed for experienced users, it is necessary to reach many things by trial and error. But the manufacturer refused to install advertising applications.

It will be interesting to see how quickly OnePlus will release updates. Earlier the manufacturer promised to quickly release updates and support smartphones for a long time, but in practice everything turned out not so good.

OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera

OnePlus 5: Conclusion

Rumors about the various features and capabilities of OnePlus 5 appeared long before the release of the smartphone, but now it’s no longer important, because we were able to conduct a detailed test. More importantly, whether the novelty could meet the expectations of users.

The most advertised feature, namely the dual camera, was not as convincing as promised by OnePlus. The quality of pictures and video is high, but still inferior to competitors Huawei, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8 or HTC U11.

But many other functions that OnePlus mentioned briefly or not at all, we were convinced more. Thanks to the Snapdragon 835 processor, the OnePlus 5 smartphone provides more than enough performance, especially as our test sample was equipped with 8 GB of RAM and a fast internal drive. OnePlus refused to race pixels, so the display of the smartphone has Full-HD resolution. As a result, SoC’s resources are spent more economically, the same applies to the battery – we got a long battery life. Of course, the display details are slightly worse than the RGB competitors due to the Pentile matrix, but the brightness in most cases is sufficient, the contrast is excellent, the color rendition is good. Perhaps some users would like to get a QHD screen or even a higher resolution, but in everyday scenarios this is not so important. The smartphone can be noted for a wide range of functions, high-quality bodywork and improvements associated with the proprietary operating system OxygenOS.

Of course, not everything from the OnePlus novelty is flawless. Note the cheating of the manufacturer when running the tests. And it does not matter which side to evaluate such a move – how stupid or as a thoughtful strategy. Such manipulation with regard to test results is completely redundant. Even without cheating, the novelty OnePlus would still be among the flagships. It’s a pity that the USB Type C port supports only the 2.0 standard. It’s also sad that the smartphone is devoid of a memory card slot.

But all that is said does not spoil the general impression. OnePlus 5 can not be called an absolute leader in the market, but the smartphone belongs to the best models of 2017.You will get a balanced set of functions, so we can make our recommendation.

Advantages OnePlus 5:

  • High system performance
  • OxygenOS offers additional functions and options
  • Good display quality in general
  • Good battery life, fast charging
  • Advanced equipment
  • High quality workmanship

Disadvantages OnePlus 5:

  • Built-in memory can not be extended
  • Non-removable battery
  • Cheating with tests
  • USB Type C only supports USB 2.0
  • The case does not have IP certification

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OnePlus 5 Review and test: flagship smartphone with dual camera was last modified: July 2nd, 2017 by Tomas Shellby