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What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

OnePlus 5,cheap flagships

The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now.

So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We’ve gathered a few thoughts…

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Ars Technica

The website’s Ron Amadeo noted that it was the “best sub-$500 phone you can buy” right now.

The writer points to the great “near-stock” Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides.

However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you’ll be waiting for software updates that might not come.

The writer also praised the durable design, but noted that it was effectively a clone of the iPhone.

Trusted Reviews

Meanwhile, Max Parker of Trusted Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, noting that it wasn’t as cheap as previous models but still made for great value.

Praised was given to the dash charging functionality, as well as the dual-camera setup, which sees the phone pack a 12MP f/1.7 main camera and 20MP f/2.6 telephoto lens.

As for concerns, the publication also noted the iPhone-like design, but added that poor WiFi and audio performance were issues as well. Parker also noted the lack of high-end features for the price, such as a sharper screen and water-resistance.


The publication’s David Pierce also noted the similarities to the iPhone 7 Plus, but framed it as a compliment instead.

Other compliments included the “class-leading specs” and performance, speedy fingerprint scanner and the dash charge technology.

Pierce was underwhelmed by the camera department though, saying it was unpredictable in quality (even in “great” light) and low-light performance resulted in plenty of noise. He added that OnePlus could fix these issues in a software update though.


Another popular outlet got to review the OnePlus 5 as well, in the form of Engadget and Chris Velazco.

The writer gave the phone a score of 90%, pointing to great performance (yet solid battery life), the implementation of Android, an attractive price tag and capable dual camera setup.

Otherwise, Velazco criticised the generic iPhone-inspired design, lack of expandable storage and grainy low light camera output.

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