After weeks and months of rumors, OnePlus has finally unveiled the OnePlus 5. The sixth smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer now enters a market filled with fierce competition. Does the OnePlus 5 have what it takes to please its fans and draw in new customers?
When we reviewed the OnePlus 5 we encountered a host of little issues, thankfully these seem to have been mostly software related and easily fixed with a software update. Other than that, it seems like OnePlus has managed to deliver another fantastic smartphone. The build quality is great, and the performance is (mostly) solid. OnePlus will hopefully iron out the last kinks in the coming weeks.
Its interesting to note that OnePlus still manages to find an aggressively competitive price point. That being said, it seems like the more effort that OnePlus puts into its phones, the higher the base price gets. The base version of the OnePlus 3T cost $439 when it was first launched while the base version of the OnePlus 5 is priced at $479.
OnePlus 5. / © AndroidPIT
Like every other manufacturer, OnePlus had to make certain compromises to be able to maintain its comparatively low price point. The company has grown since the release of the OnePlus One, and has placed more importance on build quality and service. While the software optimization is still done in house, the market expectations have also exponentially increased. All of this leads to a hike in prices.
Compromises have to be made
OnePlus doesn’t want to and cannot follow the trend that both LG and Samsung have been pushing – trying to achieve a bezel less display. The same goes for display