The OnePlus 5 was a great, affordable flagship smartphone, but it was short lived. Less than six months after its June 2017 launch, you could no longer buy the handset. The reason? The excellent OnePlus 5T showed up for the same price, while offering more

*[Update: You can no longer purchase the OnePlus 5. It's been replaced by the * *OnePlus 5T* *, which offers smaller bezels, a bigger screen, face unlock and improved rear cameras - all for the same price as the OnePlus 5
Looking at the OnePlus 5, it's hard to believe that the company that made it was less than four years old. This is a phone that manages to hold its own alongside flagship devices from companies that have enormous pots of money to spend on research, development and design, and a decade or more of experience making smartphones

OnePlus has always made impressive phones at sub-flagship prices, but with this iteration the Chinese company has learned from previous mistakes, and built on its successes, to create an all-round fantastic phone

## OnePlus 5 price and release date
Two versions: started at $479 449, AU$599) Out of stock on OnePlus website in US, UK and AUS **Weight 153g
**Dimensions 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm
**OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
**Screen size 5.5-inch
**Resolution 1920 x 1080
**CPU Snapdragon 835
**RAM 6GB or 8GB of RAM
**Storage 64/128GB
**Battery 3,300mAh
**Rear camera 16MP + 20MP dual lens
**Front camera 16MP
The OnePlus 5 price was more than the OnePlus 3T. That's the hard truth about the new phone, but it's partly because OnePlus decided to use more premium materials

OnePlus produced two versions of the OnePlus 5, with the base model coming with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM, costing $479 449, AU$599)

The higher-end version, with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, wass priced at $539 499, AU$699) and that's the device we reviewed here

Whichever version you buy, it's a big price jump compared to the OnePlus 3T, which cost $439 399, around AU$580) for the 64GB model and $479 439, around AU$630) for the 128GB version

And bear in mind that OnePlus had already increased the price for that phone releasethe OnePlus 3, released in June 2016, was only $399 329, around AU$450). If youre looking to upgrade the OnePlus phone you bought this time last year, youre going to be spending quite a bit more than you may have anticipated on the OnePlus 5

The official OnePlus 5 release date was June 27, but it's now out of stock on the OnePlus website it most countries, including the US, UK and Australia

## Key features
New premium design makes it the best-looking OnePlus phone yet Dual-lens camera allows for lossless zoom, like the iPhone 7 Plus
Looking at the spec list for the OnePlus 5, you might think this is a rather limited upgrade, but there a few key features the company is pushing to make this the next phone youll want to buy, first and foremost of which is the new camera

This is now a dual-lens setup that allows you to capture some attractive-looking 'bokeh' shots with artfully blurred backgrounds, as well as boasting a 'lossless' zoom feature, which essentially means that zooming in on subjects will only result in a negligible reduction in image quality

This feature works in a similar way to the shooter on the iPhone 7 Plus, but here you're getting it on a more affordable phone. The aperture on the main sensor here is also impressively wide, and it means youll be able to take some of the best smartphone photos possible right now

The design of the new phone feels like a big step up for OnePlus. It's still using the same materials as the OnePlus 3Tthe body is made of anodized aluminumbut this is the slimmest and most attractive OnePlus phone to date

OnePlus also wants this to be the most powerful phone on the marketand the good news is it's succeeded, with our testing showing it to have the strongest benchmarking scores of any device on the market at the time of testing

## Design
Thinnest phone OnePlus has ever made There's still a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired headsets Only available in two colorsdark gray or deep black
The OnePlus 5 is the best-looking device the company has made to date. When you pick this phone up you can tell right away that its made with premium-grade materials

The new handset has a more rounded design than previous iterations, which means itcomfortably in your palm. Its also the thinnest phone yet from OnePlus at 7.25mmalmost as thin as the iPhone 7, which is 7.1mm
It feels light in the handit weighs 153g to be precisebut not so light that you feel like it mayaway in a forceful gust of wind

OnePlus is talking up the placement of the antenna bands here. According to a spokesperson the color has been specifically designed to try and hide the antenna bands for an unspoiled full-metal look, and when you do spot them they don't detract from the design of the phone

On the right-hand edge of the phonethe power button, with nothing else to interrupt the clean lines. The left edge features the toggle for silent mode, as well as the volume rocker

The inclusion of the silent switch is an intriguing one. It's something OnePlus has included on every phone since the OnePlus 2, and it's still the only major Android phone player to do so

Apple is the only other manufacturer that has persisted with the silent switch, but its inclusion on the OnePlus 5 is welcome. It makes it super easy to make the handset cinema, meeting and bedtime ready, and we like that

Theres only one speaker driver, and thatat the bottom of the phone, next to the USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack yes, despite all the rumors OnePlus has decided to retain the legacy headphone technology for the OnePlus 5

No awkward dongles required here (we're looking at you Apple, HTC and Moto), but Bluetooth is also on board if you fancy going wire-free

OnePlus is also trying to sell us on what it calls the Horizon Line the idea here being that half of the phone is cast in shadow while the other is in light. We're struggling to get on board with this, but its also easy to see that this is a beautiful-looking phone that feels elegant in use

One shortcoming in terms of the design of the OnePlus 5 is that its not waterproof. A OnePlus spokesperson confirmed to TechRadar that it would survive a drop of rain if you need to use it outside, but its not IP-rated, and wont survive a dunk like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ or iPhone 7 will

The OnePlus 5 is only available in two colors, and these are tied to the storage/RAM options. The 64GB/6GB version comes in Slate Gray, while the more expensive 128GB/8GB model comes in Midnight Black

So if youre fussy about the color you want then you cant be fussy about the power and storage you get under the hood, and vice versa

## Display
5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED screen looks great Makes for a display with 401 pixels-per-inch
The big headline display-wise is that OnePlus hasnt decided to upgrade to a QHD resolution screen for the OnePlus 5 at all. Nope, not a sausage

That means you get the same 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display from the OnePlus 3T, and it is a little hard not to be disappointed by that considering the increase in price of the handset this year

Of course, OnePlus needs to cut a couple of corners to keep its price tag competitively below its rivals, and to be fair the screen is one of the very few places where it's decided to make a saving

The good news is that the screen on the OnePlus 5 still looks beautiful. Its athe company hasnt opted for a higher resolution, but at 401 pixels per inch it looks great when youre watching video, and as its AMOLED,and other dark tones look great

Cornings Gorilla Glass 5 tech is also present to ensure youre getting a fully protected screen, and to ward off scratches.