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OnePlus 5, the midrange wonder we have been waiting for?

21 Jun 2017 | By Anish Chakraborty
OnePlus 5, decent phone at a good price

Although OnePlus is owned by BBK Electronics, which owns Oppo and Vivo brands, it acts more like a boutique brand rather than a mainstream handset maker.

OnePlus phones are not seen much in India but when you see them in someone's hand; you know that person knows his/her tech. Recently it came out with its new model, OnePlus 5.

Here's all about it.

In context: OnePlus 5, decent phone at a good price

21 Jun 2017OnePlus 5, the midrange wonder we have been waiting for?

SpecificationsTwo variants and a ceramic fingerprint sensor

Let's round up the specs of the model first, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD Optic AMOLED screen and hosts a ceramic fingerprint sensor in the bottom; the firm claims that it can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds.

There will be two variants, one with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration and other with an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage.

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What's under the hood?

PowerfulWhat's under the hood?

It runs on a Snapdragon 835 processor, which will give the users "stunning graphics", and "multimedia capability" with its top clock speed of 2.45GHz and it's also 25% more power efficient, claims Qualcomm EC, Paul Jacobs.

In the same breath, you are getting a 3300mAh battery, which is a tad bit disappointing but the Dash Charge capability should help in getting it rejuvenated quickly.

PictureA good camera is half the battle won

Let's now come to the camera, one of the main deciding factors; OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup, first, a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and the other with a 20-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/1.6 aperture.

It also comes complete with usual fringes such as image stabilization, quick autofocus and there is also a pro mode for the professionally inclined.

DesignThanking every phonemaker who keeps the audio jack alive

As usual, you'll not be getting the full Android experience with OnePlus 5; even though it comes with 7.1.1 Nougat, it'll still have the firm's proprietary Oxygen OS on top.

The firm has worked well on the design; at 7.25mm it's their slimmest model till date.

It has retained the 3.5mm audio jack, a big thing for all the geeks heartbroken by iPhone's betrayal.

User-friendlyA handful of quirks

OnePlus 5 also has some nifty features, such as the Scroll Save Screenshot, useful when you have conversations to be sent on a real-time basis to your pals, and a semi-transparent App Drawer.

Another interesting one is the App Priority, which detects the users' most used apps on the phone and has them prepped up for deployment as soon as you power-up the screen.

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PricetagIt's a bang for the buck product

Let's come to the pocket pinch, although it'll be sold worldwide at $479 and EUR 499, India will get its pricing on June 22 at OnePlus 5's launch event in Mumbai after which they'll hold events in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai.

According to rumors, the two variants will cost Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999, respectively.

It'll be officially available from June 27.

22 Jun 2017OnePlus 5 launched in India, available exclusively on Amazon

OnePlus has launched its flagship OnePlus 5 in India. The inauguration took place at an event in Mumbai's NSCI Dome at 2pm.

It will go on sale exclusively on Amazon at 4:30pm. According to reports, the 6GB and 8GB RAM versions will be priced Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 respectively.

The 5.5-inch full-HD model comes with 16MP+20MP dual rear cameras and a 3300mAh battery.