When One Plus One was launched, it was the most talked about phone.  Now after successfully launching phones for a few years, One Plus has launched the One Plus 5. While they do create a lot of fanfare around launches, for this one people actually paid to attend the launch! of course One Plus threw in lots of freebies, but it’s still impressive. I think One Plus is now very serious about the Indian market, which is a good thing. Which means it’s no longer a phone that only a few people use but something which has a large sales volumes in India, so support should be available in many places.

Let’s look at what is good about the One Plus 5

  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 – The fastest process around, so you won’t have to struggle with any lag.
  • 6 or 8 GB RAM –  who would need more? Until very recently my laptop only had 4GB RAM. I think 4GB is more than what most people would ever need.
  • 64-128GB USF 2.1 storage, 64GB should be good for most use-cases. The USF 2.1 is also faster.
  • 20+16 Megapixel Dual Camera with 1.6x optical zoom. These days Dual camera are in fashion for providing better photographs.
  • 16 Megapixel front-facing camera for the Selfie junkies.
  • 3300 MaH battery with fast charger- they call it Dash charger and it is rated as the fastest charger in the market. However fast charging works only with the charger that’s bundled with the phone.
  • 3.5mm jack, you may ask what’s the big deal? but with many flagship phones ditching the 3.mm jack for audio over USB type C, it’s a nice to have.
  • USB Type C. This is quickly replacing the Micro USB as a charging port. Although not backward compatible, but definitely the future.


What we don’t like about it

  • No expandable storage, if you choose the go with the 64GB or 128GB you can’t upgrade later as there is no microSD slot.
  • Not water proof. Well, do you need it? People take their phone to the washroom these days (yikes), so nice to have 🙂

Overall good value for money. At half the price of Samsung S8, it’s definitely worth buying.