OnePlus is all set to launch the latest flagship device, the OnePlus 5, in India today. However, just before the launch, the smartphone price has been revealed.
According to an Indian tech Vlogger, the Slate Grey with 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 5 will be priced at Rs 33,000, while the Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM will come with a price tag of Rs 38,000. The Vlogger further says that he has procured the unit from a retail store, which means that the smartphone will be available through offline channels as well. The phone is already confirmed to be exclusively available on Amazon India. This is in line with previous rumours suggesting that the6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant may be priced at Rs 32,999, whereas the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the device is expected to cost Rs 37,999.
To recall, the smartphone was launched on June 20, 2017 and comes with a price tag of $479 (approx. Rs 30,969) for the 6GB RAM variant in the US and EUR 499 (approx. Rs 35,901) for the European market and it will be available starting from June 27, 2017.
Jumping straight to the specifications, the major highlight of the device is the dual rear cameras at the back of the device. It comes with a combination of the 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX398 sensor and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens with aperture f/2.6. The camera also offers up to 8x zoom which is a combination of optical zoom and digital zoom. The camera also comes with fast AF (autofocus), where both the lenses are used to capture the image. The brand claims that it increases the focus speed by 40 percent. Further, there are different modes including Portrait Mode, Pro Mode with the histogram.
Display: 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED screen (1080 p)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz
RAM: 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X
ROM: 64/128GB UFS2.1 2-Lane
Battery: 3300mAh with Dash Charge
Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, WiFi and USB Type-C port
Software: Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat
Moving on to the software part, the company has introduced some interesting features including a new reading mode, which automatically adjusts the colour tone ideal for reading. Then there are expanded screenshots, which has the ability to take long shots. The Dash Charge can charge the device up to 58 per cent in ideal mode and around 43 percent while using in 30 minutes.
So what does one make of the One Plus 5? We believe the phone is up against it in India, with its new price points placing it squarely in the premium league, where everything, from its brand loyalty, its distribution and its after sales support will come up for some serious attention. Unique aspects like the dash charge are no longer hot, with their limitations regarding specific chargers, etc. Expect a slower offtake speed, when compared to its previous cousins, and considering everything, definitely look forward to the One Plus 6 in 2018, which will iron out the issues with the screen and more.