After numerous leaks and rumours, the OnePlus 5 is finally official. As expected, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s best processor yet, not to mention a whopping 8GB of RAM. While these are very respectable hardware, it’s the rear dual-camera system of the phone that’s the most interesting here.
Much like the iPhone 7 Plus‘ dual-camera setup, the OnePlus 5’s two rear cameras are made up of two sensors with different focal lengths. The 20MP + 16MP rear cameras work in tandem to bring rather neat features like optical zoom, Portrait Mode, and a new autofocus system the company dubs “Fast AF” that’s said to be 40% faster. The front-facing shooter, on the other hand, is a 16MP camera.
Naturally, the OnePlus 5 features some of the best hardware available this year. It’s equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with a whopping 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 128GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage – no expandable storage here – and a rather adequate 3,300mAh battery with support for OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology.
In terms of design, there’s no denying that the OnePlus 5’s all-metal design is…familiar. On top of that, it doesn’t look quite as sleek as other leading flagship smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a good example here – in the market now. That being said, there’s one area that makes the OnePlus 5 a very compelling smartphone: value for money.
The OnePlus 5 retails from only $479 (about RM2,050) for the base 64GB model with 6GB of RAM. If you want the higher-end 128GB variant with 8GB of RAM, it’ll cost you slightly more at $539 (approximately RM2,310). As usual, it remains to be seen just when – or if – the OnePlus 5 will be officially launched in Malaysia.