OnePlus 5 Hands-on, First Impressions

OnePlus 5 Hands-on, First Impressions

OnePlus has just announced its latest flagship smartphone that sports high-end specs like the powerful Snapdragon 835 CPU, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, and dual rear cameras. What we have on hand is the top of the line 8GB/128GB model.

While we prepare for the full review, here’s our hands-on and first impressions on the new OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 5 has the same 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display as its predecessor — the OnePlus 3T. Resolution and pixel density have also been carried over at Full HD/401ppi but the screen itself is now reinforced with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 which is an upgrade from the previous model.



The front-facing camera is where it’s supposed to be and still features a 16-megapixel shooter. Other sensors, together with the loudspeaker for calls, populate this space.

Meanwhile, the fingerprint scanner is down below and is sandwiched between two capacitive buttons for Back and Recent Apps.

The handset has a unibody design and the rear has a matte finish. This is a very welcome approach since it doesn’t attract as much fingerprints and smudges as compared to having a glossy back. OnePlus was able to make the rear simple and neat by incorporating U-Type antenna bands up top and down below.


As more and more smartphones with dual rear cameras have now emerged, the company jumped on the bandwagon with two sensors offering a 16-megapixel Sony shooter with a wide-angle lens and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens. These should work in tandem to offer its users flexibility while shooting. Accompanying them is a dual LED flash for low light photography.

Checking its underside, we have a busy setup going on since the audio jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker grille are all situated here leaving the top side totally free and clean. The OnePlus 5 should have a decent audio at the least since it boasts HD Sound and Power Sound by audio experts from Dirac.

There are two slots both for nano SIM cards on the right side of the device. There’s no third tray and it isn’t a hybrid setup meaning you won’t get to expand your storage anymore. But with 64GB and 128GB options, casual users should be fine.

On the flip side, we have the volume rocker together with what the company calls the ‘Alert Slider’. It is basically a mute toggle with 3 positions for activating between Silent, Do Not Disturb, or Ring functions.

Inside, this ‘flagship killer’ touts Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 CPU with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It features LTE connectivity up to Cat. 12, has NFC, and a 3300mAh battery that supports Dash Charge for quick charging.

OnePlus 5 specs:
5.5-inch Optic AMOLED @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU
Adreno 540 GPU
64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1 Dual Lane storage
16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX398 + 20MP f/2.6 2x telephoto rear cameras w/ dual LED flash
16MP front-facing camera
Dual-SIM (Nano)
LTE-A Cat12
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
Fingerprint sensor
Dirac HD Sound
Dirac Power Sound
3300mAh battery w/ Dash Charge (5V 4A)
Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.25 mm
153 g
Midnight Black, Slate Gray

We’re taking this smartphone for a spin so stay tuned for our full review with our verdict! As for the price, the OnePlus 5 6GB + 64GB (Gray) is priced at Php27,300 while the 8GB + 128GB variant (Black) is at Php32,000. See listing here.

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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8 Responses

  1. Excellent Review on OnePlus 5. If this phone had Optical Image sensor, that would have been awesome.

    PS: Most of the reviews I have read were biased. Keep up the good work!

  2. Franco Crescini Jr. says:

    Hi, please email the selected branches here in Manila and the tentative date of release. As I’m planning to have this phone.

  3. Paeng says:

    Buy the LG G6 over this

  4. Dondon says:

    Looking forward to the full review. Can you make particular comment on the jelly / jello screen flaw that some Oneplus 5 owners say their units have.

    More power!

  5. rtx says:

    Flagship imitator. “Never Settle (on an original design)’. First Oneplus was a bit of a game changer, it was unique and cheap for the specs. Now OnePlus 5 is nothing but a clone phone with a high price, nothing really stellar or good to offer. At that price you can get last year’s flagships or even better get the LG G6 which is already discounted at some places. If you want cheap, go with Xiaomi, Meizu or Moto.

  6. syed nazim says:

    nice article thank fore sheering

  7. Deepak says:

    Unfortunately OnePlus 5 could not turn out as flagship killer because of following reasons:

    Poor Design – Not a flagship kind.
    Display – instead of QaudHD it had optic AMOLED display
    Water Resistent
    No optical image stabilization
    Post sales service in tier 2 indian cities

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