After an average 2016 where OnePlus released two flagship smartphones, the company is back this year with its best smartphone yet. The new OnePlus 5 has specs to match the Galaxy S8 and a camera that competes with the iPhone 7 Plus. It has a lot to offer, but is it worth the upgrade over the OnePlus 3? Read on to find out.
Last year the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T almost lived up to the brands “Never Settle” tagline. It’s a great phone for half the cost of the Android competition but it had a few compromises.
Read: OnePlus 3 Review
The OnePlus 5 however, doesn’t have those compromises. It’s slimmer, has an improved premium design, better battery life and a new dual camera system on the back. Let’s talk about new, what changed and if it’s worth spending your hard-earned money on.
When it comes to buying a new smartphone roughly a year later, it all comes down to your priorities and personal preference. Some just buy the next best thing and call it a day, but others may have real reasons to make the switch. Not to mention the OnePlus 3T is only seven months old, so buyers are likely wondering if that’s enough time to offer significant upgrades.
On the outside, the new OnePlus 5 and last years OnePlus 3 look nearly identical, at least from the front. The company didn’t slim down the bezels and make the screen bigger like Samsung, nor did they make any other big changes that are noticeable right away.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth buying though. OnePlus prides itself on offering premium smartphones for those on a budget, and that is exactly what you’ll get with the OnePlus 5. It has all the makings for an $800 flagship smartphone but it only costs $479.
For those wondering, they skipped the number 4 as its bad luck in the company’s home country of China. With that all said, here’s how the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 3 compare.