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OnePlus 5 vs Yota YotaPhone 3: dual primary camera or dual screen? It's your choice


On one corner, we have OnePlus 5 with its amazing hardware and dual primary camera; and on the other, we have Yota YotaPhone 3 with dual screen.


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OnePlus have gone from strength to strength over the years, but it decided to skip the number four due to the Chinese belief that four is not a good number. Let’s check out 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 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 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 price tag

For starters, OnePlus 5 won’t go on the Quad HD path instead, it embraces the Optic AMOLED technology while keeping a 5.5-inch Full HD resolution. The better technology makes for a greater viewing experience. Then there’s also Gorilla Glass 5 protection for your precious smartphone.

Moving on to the performance,  here we can find OnePlus 5 on top of its game. With the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with the blazingly fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and 6GB RAM – you know you are in for a very fast experience. Only the best performance you can get out of it.

The same good things you can say of OnePlus 5 on the camera aspect. Now it comes with a great dual 16MP+20MP primary camera setup that allows for some of the best smartphone photography. 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 optimises for accuracy and clarity. You can call it an automated process with 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. A 16MP selfie camera then ensures that you are able to take great-looking selfies with it.

Let’s hope that you can survive with just 64GB of internal storage as OnePlus 5 does not have a microSD expansion slot. By taking lots of high-res photos, you might have to perform housekeeping every now and then. Or use an OTG to move files fast to a USB drive. Or use cloud platform to store all your photos that can also double up as a backup.

Battery-wise, the 3300 mAh battery is said to bring ~20% more battery life from the previous model. This should allow for at least a full day charge.

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.

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Now, most of you might not have heard of Yota before, but it is the latest Russia-China collaboration, that we will be seeing. The YotaPhone 3 will be coming out in the next couple of months. It would be featuring a 5.5-inch primary screen with another 5.2-inch secondary screen which users can slide up to open.

Wait a minute, why would anyone want two screens on a smartphone? What will be the benefit for end-users and everyone else?

Before we begin, let’s take a closer look at YotaPhone 3 specs as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Secondary always-on 5.2-inch screen
  • Gorilla Glass 4 back panel
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 12MP secondary camera
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Q3 2017 expected release date
  • ~$450 USD expected price tag

By taking a closer look at the above, we can safely say that YotaPhone 3 falls in the mid-range segment. With a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, it is then further complemented with the always-on 5.2-inch screen that you can just slide to reveal it. Now you have two screens to work on, but not sure how effective it will be though.

Under the hood of YotaPhone 3 is not fully revealed yet, but we do know that it will be sporting the mid-range Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB RAM. This combination is fast enough for your daily dose of apps and games without any hiccups.

As for its camera, you can actually find it with just a 13MP primary camera that is complemented with a 12MP selfie camera. A slight disappointment really, as it would only be capable of dishing out pretty average pictures. No dual camera to that effect.

But with YotaPhone 3, you will be getting a huge 128GB internal storage. If that’s not enough, you will then be able to add more space with the available microSD expansion slot that can go all the way up to 256GB.

Battery-wise, a 3200 mAh battery can be found supplying juice to the smartphone. This means that a day’s worth of battery life should be very easy to achieve.

Last but not least, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 will be available right out of the box so that you can enjoy all the latest features and functions.

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OnePlus 5 is all set to become the definitive flagship 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. You get to choose either Midnight Black or Slate Gray colour.

Yota YotaPhone 3 is harping on its dual screen feature to the market while providing a mid-range performance. Do make sure that you want the dual screen feature and knows how to maximise it, otherwise, it will be one expensive smartphone.

Yota YotaPhone 3 is expected to be available in Q3 2017 for an estimated price tag of ~$450 USD. There will only be a Black colour available though.

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