From OnePlus comes the OnePlus 5; a new, budget powerhouse smartphone that arrives with dual-cameras and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.
For budget acolytes seeking their next great workhorse, there’s cause to rejoice today; OnePlus has officially revealed its next flagship in the form of the OnePlus 5; a sexy slate that’s already caught flack for carrying features that mimic the iPhone 7 Plus.
Present – in Apple style – is the addition of a dual-camera array that includes a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens. The main wide-angle unit makes use of a 16-megapixel sensor, while the telephoto unit enjoys an enhanced 20-megapixel sensor.
Conversely stealing some thunder from Samsung’s Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 debuts with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, and arrives in two configurations; a model with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM, or a 128GB model with a whopping 8GB of RAM. The 5 debuts with no microSD card slot.
The 5 makes do with a smaller battery than its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, in that the former unit enjoys a 3,300mAh battery while the latter had a 3,400mAh cell. OnePlus, however, has announced that the 5 will enjoy superior battery life – claiming an improvement of 20%, which should yield greater stamina for consumers.
The OnePlus 5 naturally has the latest build of Oxygen, OnePlus’ custom sotftware atop Android 7.1.1 Nougat. New features including a blue light filter, night mode, and off-screen gestures. Another nifty addition is the presence of a quieter vibration motor that arrives with three intensity options (get your mind out of the gutter).
The OnePlus 5 is is slated to become available on June 27th in North America and Europe, and we’re awaiting to see whether the handset will be made available in South Africa through import. The handset is expected to retail for $480 USD for the 64GB model, and $540 for the 128GB variant.
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