OnePlus has finally launched it’s much-hyped OnePlus 5 smartphone. The flagship device follows the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T (both launched within last year). The company claims that it has improved upon the design, performance, camera, and battery life. The iPhone look-alike is already up for pre-order in select markets. It will be launched in India on 22nd June. Let’s see how it compares to its predecessor. Read more to find OnePlus 5 Vs OnePlus 3T: Which phone is better?
OnePlus 5 Vs OnePlus 3T
|OnePlus 3T||Rs 29,999 (base model)|
|OnePlus 5 (expected)||Rs 32,999 (base model)|
The Slate Gray variant of OnePlus 5 with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is priced at $479 (approx Rs 31,000). While the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant with Midnight Black color is priced at $539 (approx Rs 35,000). As per recent reports, the new smartphone will cost Rs 32,999 (6GB RAM/ 64GB storage) in India. While the 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model is expected to be priced at Rs 37,999.
Comparatively, the OnePlus 3T was launched at Rs 29,999 for the 64GB internal storage model. While the 128GB storage model was priced at Rs 34,999. The small bump in the OnePlus 5 price seems natural. Let’s see if it brings enough new upgrades to justify it.
|Specifications||OnePlus 5||OnePlus 3T|
|Processor||octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540||quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Adreno 530|
|RAM||6/8GB LPDDR4X||6GB LPDDR4|
|Internal Storage||64/128GB, UFS 2.1||64/128GB, UFS 2.0|
|Display||5.5-inch, AMOLED, full HD, 401 ppi||5.5-inch, AMOLED, full HD, 401 ppi|
|OS||Android 7.1.1||Android 7.1.1|
|Primary (Rear) Camera||Dual (16MP + 20MP) with flash||16MP, f/2.0, OIS, with flash|
While the OnePlus 3T is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipset, the OnePlus 5 adds more power with the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset. The addition of massive 8GB RAM option further adds to the performance capabilities of the new device. However, it might be an overkill in most cases. The OnePlus 3T offers only 6GB RAM option.
On the camera front, the OnePlus 5 comes with a dual camera setup. While the OnePlus 3T came with a single 16MP rear camera, the new OnePlus 5 handset combines a 16MP camera with a 20MP telephoto one to produce images with better depth of field. The 16MP lens comes with f/1.7 aperture. While the 16MP lens on the OnePlus 3T has an aperture of f/2.0. Also, the new handset comes with better image stabilization feature. Both devices feature identical front cameras.
Strangely enough, the company has slightly shrunk the battery size on OnePlus 5 (from 3,400mAh on OnePlus 3T to 3,300mAh). It might have something to do with the smartphone’s design. However, OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 5 actually lasts 20 percent longer than the OnePlus 3T, thanks to hardware and software optimizations.
Another disappointment is the lack of change in display resolution. The OnePlus 5 sports a full-HD display, compared to QHD screens on most devices.
|OnePlus 5||OnePlus 3T|
|Dual Camera Setup||Fingerprint Sensor|
|Rounded Curves||Three color options|
|Reading mode||Slightly larger Battery|
|Gesture controls||Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
Both devices run Android Nougat with OxygenOS. However, the new smartphone comes with some new features such as a reading mode and new gesture controls. The OnePlus 5 sports a metal unibody design like the OnePlus 3T. However, the edges and corners are more rounded now, while the antenna bands are less visible. The new handset features a dual camera setup on the back. It comes in Midnight Black and Slate Gray color options. The OnePlus 3T was launched in three color options – Gunmetal, Soft Gold, and Midnight Black.
The OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer and lighter. It measures 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm and weighs 153g. The OnePlus 3T measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm and weighs 158g. Both devices integrate a fingerprint scanner in the home button.
The new flagship device from OnePlus is essentially a slimmed down version of its predecessor. However, the OnePlus 5 does ramp up the specs. The addition of a dual-camera setup is a huge plus. In terms of specs, the OnePlus 5 is a decent upgrade and a competent flagship device. We will know more once we get our hands on the new smartphone. However, the OnePlus 3T looks like a cheaper option if you are not a photography enthusiast. With the consistent increase in prices, are OnePlus handsets moving away from the ‘affordable flagship devices’ category? Share your views with us in the comments section below.