You need to check out the new OnePlus 5 before buying any other Android smartphone – Business Insider

oneplus 5 BI Review 4x3Business InsiderThe new OnePlus 5 is here — and it’s mighty impressive.

In fact, you should get a good, hard look at the OnePlus 5 before buying any other Android smartphone for two reasons: It’s an excellent premium smartphone, and it’s cheaper than other premium smartphones from big companies like Apple, Samsung, and LG.

The OnePlus 5 starts at $479 for the base model, which is $165 less than the base iPhone 7 and $240 less than the base Galaxy S8.

With the OnePlus 5’s cheaper price tag comes fewer features than the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8, but the OnePlus 5 helped me realize that most of those extra features are superfluous and don’t necessarily contribute to a phone’s appeal.

The OnePlus 5 is available to preorder on Tuesday and will be available to buy on June 27.

Check out the new OnePlus 5:


The OnePlus 5 is a beautiful, if somewhat plain, smartphone.

The OnePlus 5 is a beautiful, if somewhat plain, smartphone.

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If you’re familiar with previous OnePlus models, you’ll immediately recognize the OnePlus 5 as a OnePlus phone — you get the all-black glass front with the oval fingerprint scanner that’s typical of OnePlus design.

Just about everything about the OnePlus 5’s design is minimal.

Just about everything about the OnePlus 5's design is minimal.

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The OnePlus 5’s metal back is a plain and utilitarian — there’s nothing there, save for the camera, flash, and OnePlus logo. Gone are the antenna lines from the OnePlus 3 and 3T, which makes for a no-frills design on the OnePlus 5’s back. And there are only two colors to choose between: dark gray and black. Minimal indeed.

Its edges are clean and featureless.

Its edges are clean and featureless.

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It has a 5.5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display.

It has a 5.5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display.

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High-resolution displays above 1080p are quickly becoming the norm for premium Android flagships, but OnePlus stuck with a 1080p display for the OnePlus 5. While it’s not as sharp as the Galaxy S8’s or LG G6’s display, the OnePlus 5’s was plenty sharp. I never wished it had a higher resolution.

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