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OnePlus 5 Unboxing And First Impressions

As a follow-up the massive success of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T globally, OnePlus skipped number 4 to released OnePlus 5, the company's current #FlagshipKiller.
OnePlus 5 Unboxing And First Impressions
Say hello to OnePlus 5

The reason why the company has skipped number 4 is to avoid bad luck. Anyway, that's really not important at all. We need to find out why it is dubbed as the #FlagshipKiller once more.

First, this phone has a MONSTROUS specs-to-price ratio. It is the most affordable Snadpdragon 835 device with up to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB ROM that's officially available in the Philippines today.


Second, this the company's first ever smartphone with dual camera setup was designed to compete against the very best in the world today.


Now, it's time to check if it is worth all the hype!

OnePlus 5 Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch FHD Optic AMOLED 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved screen and Gorilla Glass 5 protection at 401 ppi
CPU: 2.45 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 835 octa core processor
GPU: Adreno 540
RAM: 6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.1
Back Camera: 16 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX398 + 20 MP f/2.6 Sony IMX350 2x telephoto lens w/ PDAF, EIS, and dual LED flash
Selfie Camera: 16 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX371 w/ EIS
Battery: 3,300 mAh w/ Dash Charge 4A
OS: Android 7.1 Nougat w/ Oxygen OS
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, A GPS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Others: Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, Colors: midnight black, slate gray
Sensors: Hall, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, compass
Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.25 mm
Weight: 153 g
Price: PHP 26,990 (6 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM variant), PHP 30,990 (8 GB RAM / 128 GB ROM model)

Disclaimer: This is just a loaner unit from Digital Walker, the official and exclusive distributor of OnePlus in the Philippines. Expect our unbiased review.

Unboxing / Accessories

Accessories inside
Accessories inside

The packaging of OnePlus stayed the same. It still has the usual white rectangular box with red OnePlus logo printed.

Inside, it has the company's impressive proprietary 4A USB Dash Charger, stylish red USB Type C data / cables with cable manager, SIM ejector tool and the usual plastic screen protector on top.

There's no case included inside.

Build Quality / Design

Dual cam behind
Dual cam behind

Coming from the OnePlus 3 and 3T, the OnePlus 5 arrived with much improved aesthetics and overall craftsmanship.

The build is definitely flagship grade. As a matter of fact, its construction ranks among the most impressive out there. It is sturdy and has Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the screen for better protection against scratches and drops.
Speaker grill, USB Type C slot, mic and 3.5 mm headphone jack slot below
Speaker grill, USB Type C slot, mic and 3.5 mm headphone jack slot below
Silent key and volume rocker at left
Silent key and volume rocker at left
Power button and dual SIM slot tray at right
Power button and dual SIM slot tray at right

Design-wise, it is sleeker, slimmer and curvier than ever. It has beautiful chamfered edges, 2.5D curved glass on the screen, beautiful paint finish and an iPhone-like antenna band design. 
Yes, there's a slight camera hump, it is forgiveable overall.

In person, this is the best looking OnePlus device yet!

It also has all good buttons and ports placement. The company has retained the silent key at left, fingerprint scanner in front and the VERY USEFUL 3.5 mm headphone jack slot below.

Ergonomically, this lightweight yet sturdy device it sits nicely in our hands. It is just slippery at times. Make sure that your grip is tight always.

Initial Findings

It could be the bang per buckest phone in the world today
It could be the bang per buckest phone in the world today

1. Even if it isn't using the 18:9 screen yet, the OnePlus 5 is beautiful. It is like the more premium iPhone in terms of design and build. The 5.5 Inch Optic AMOLED display is impressive, but it is still on full HD. Most high-end competitors are on QHD already.
2. The Snapdragon 835 octa core chip inside this machine is arguably the fastest chip in the world today. As a result, we recorded almost 180K in our initial battery test. That's insane considering that we only have the 6 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM model. Imagine the things that 8 GB RAM / 8 GB ROM variant can do. Even with the benchmark cheating allegations, this is a BEASTLY device. Storage isn't expandable though.
3. It boots with Android 7.1 Nougat OS w/ Oxygen OS out of the box. It now has the Google Pixel like launcher that's sleeker. It is very smooth so far.
4. It has an impressive 16 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX398 + 20 MP f/2.6 Sony IMX350 2x telephoto lens w/ PDAF, EIS, and dual LED flash behind. It has portrait mode, 2x zoom and full manual mode. In front, the 16 MP selfie shooter ranks is arguably the best selfie camera on a flagship phone today.
5. Android keys is on screen, USB Type C works, reverse charging is still available, LED is on the left-top side and fingerprint scanner is pretty accurate and fast.

Related: OnePlus 5: First Camera Samples

As of the moment

The OnePlus 5 is a very impressive high-end smartphone for less! Easily, it can compete with the more expensive flagship phones from the mainstream brands. The craftsmanship is excellent, the specs are top notch and the cameras are great so far.

Unreal!

Please give us a week or two to fully test it.

Stay tuned for our full review!
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