The new OnePlus 5 is here — and it’s mighty impressive.
In fact, you should get a good, hard look at the OnePlus 5 before buying any other Android smartphone for two reasons: It’s an excellent premium smartphone, and it’s cheaper than other premium smartphones from big companies like Apple, Samsung, and LG.
The OnePlus 5 starts at $479 for the base model, which is $165 less than the base iPhone 7, and $240 less than the base Galaxy S8.
With the OnePlus 5’s cheaper price tag comes fewer features than the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, but the OnePlus 5 helped me realize that most of those extra features are superfluous and don’t necessarily contribute to a phone’s appeal.
The OnePlus 5 is available to pre-order on Tuesday, and will be available to buy on June 27.
Check out the new OnePlus 5:
The OnePlus 5 is a beautiful, if somewhat plain, smartphone.
If you’re familiar with previous OnePlus models, you’d immediately recognize the OnePlus 5 as a OnePlus phone. You get the all-black glass front with the oval fingerprint scanner that’s typical of OnePlus design.
Just about everything about the OnePlus 5’s design is minimal.
The OnePlus 5’s metal back is a plain and utilitarian: There’s nothing there save for the camera, flash, and OnePlus logo. Gone are the antenna lines from the OnePlus 3 and 3T, which makes for a no-frills design on the OnePlus 5’s back. And there are only two colors to chose from, including dark gray and black. Minimal, indeed.
Its edges are clean and featureless.