Review: OnePlus 5 Is Fast and Smooth

The new OnePlus 5 has big shoes to fill following, as it does, the excellent OnePlus 3 and 3T, which managed to undercut the competition on price and beat them on design. So, more expensive than ever, can OnePlus's latest smartphone pull off the same trick in 2017?

Familiar Design

The OnePlus 5 continues the company's refined metal smartphone design. From the front it doesn't look that different from last year's OnePlus 3 and 3T (there was no OnePlus 4). The corners are slightly more rounded, but that's about it. The screen is of similar quality, with deep blacks and good color saturation, which you can tweak to fit a series of profiles including sRGB and DCI-P3. It's not quite as pin-sharp as some rivals, with only a full HD resolution, not QHD, but most will not care. The fingerprint scanner is just as good, reliably unlocking the device almost instantly, while the optional capacitive back and overview buttons work well and can be swapped over.

To say the back of the OnePlus 5 looks like an iPhone 7 Plus would be an understatement. It's not a carbon copy; the back is curved and the edges tapered, which makes the phone more ergonomic and feel really nice in the hand. But OnePlus has used the same technique for hiding the antenna strips, moving the plastic inlays to almost the edge of the top and bottom, as was introduced with the iPhone 6 in 2014.

It also has a dual camera on the back placed horizontally in the top left corner with a LED flash to its right, which Apple did in 2016 with the iPhone 7 Plus. It even has the OnePlus logo in about the same place as the Apple logo is on an iPhone 7 Plus. The OnePlus 5 is...

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