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OnePlus 5: the best flagship so far, but with jelly effect while scrolling?

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Just released last month, OnePlus 5 looks all set to be in the race for the flagship of the year for 2017 – but now is experiencing a serious screen issue? Let’s see what is going down with this smartphone.

 

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But before we begin, why don’t we take a trip down memory lane to see what its predecessor OnePlus 3 was all about back in June 2016:

  • 5.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Metal body
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, Quad-core processor made up of Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Adreno 530 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • 16MP primary camera with f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0, 1/3.2" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 60% in 30minutes with Dash Charge)
  • Oxygen OS based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2016 release date
  • $399 USD price tag

Even when you fast forward to today, OnePlus 3 is still relevant and going strong for everyone.

And then you might ask, why isn’t there OnePlus 4? This is due to the Chinese customs, where the number 4 traditionally brings bad luck, hence the jump to number 5 straight away.

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Here you go then with OnePlus 5 specs as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP, f/1.7 aperture, 24mm and EIS (gyro) + 20MP primary camera, f/2.6, 36mm, phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom and dual-LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 20mm, EIS (gyro) and 1.0 µm pixel size
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (Dash Charge)
  • Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • $479 USD for 64GB internal storage + 6GB RAM and $539 USD for 128GB internal storage + 8GB RAM

One year on since its predecessor’s release, OnePlus 5 is set to bring on a whole lot of changes to the table. But not on the screen side, it won’t.

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OnePlus 5 was previously hyped to bring a Quad HD resolution, unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Sporting a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED screen instead, it opts for a better technology instead. Then there’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection for added measure.

It is on the performance that you will truly appreciate the OnePlus 5. With the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset, blazingly fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and up to a whopping 8GB RAM is there. You know that only the fastest performance is what you can expect out of it.

Also on the camera aspect, did OnePlus 5 got a complete overhaul. The dual camera technology lets you focus on your subject, progressively blurring the background for a gentle, yet powerful effect. With Smart Capture, the intelligent software can automatically detect various conditions and quietly optimizes for accuracy and clarity. You can call it an automated professional quality. Finally, there’s a new robust Pro Mode that lets you fine-tune settings like ISO, shutter speed, and more. Use the histogram, grid lines, and level features to take better photos, then capture RAW photos for professional-grade post production. Even then, the 16MP selfie camera makes the package complete.

As per all its previous models, OnePlus 5 do not have a microSD expansion slot. Because of this, you now get to choose up to 128GB of internal storage which should be more than enough to store all your high-res photos that you just took with the smartphone. Not forgetting all your favorite apps and games as well.

In terms of battery, OnePlus 5 now comes with 10% more battery capacity standing in at 3300 mAh. It is said to bring ~20% more battery life from the previous model.

Last but not least, it is running on the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 right out of the box which is a great thing. What is even greater is that, it is confirmed that this smartphone will be getting the next Android O which is slated to be released later this year.

But what is up with the jelly effect while scrolling problem? This is because OnePlus 5 decided to copy the iPhone 7 design by placing the dual camera in the exact same position, and by going for a similar antenna design. The worst part is that it can’t be fixed.

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Conclusion:

OnePlus 5 is the definitive flagship so far for 2017. It is also affordable by all means, despite carrying the most expensive price tag yet by the manufacturer. But there seems to be an underlying problem with its design, let’s hope it is not that serious though.

OnePlus 5 had just been released for approximately $479 USD for 64GB internal storage + 6GB RAM and $539 USD for 128GB internal storage + 8GB RAM. You get to choose either Midnight Black or Slate Gray color.

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