“With its loaded innards, the OnePlus 5 would be the phone to beat”

One of the prime reasons why OnePlus smartphones are so popular – apart from the amazing value they offer for their asking price – is the fact that they have never ever deviated from a fluid, fast and seamless experience, even months after use. Of course, a crucial factor for the lag-free performance is the top-of-the-line specifications of its smartphones, or ‘flagship killers’, as they are commonly referred to. That brings us to the upcoming smartphone from the brand – the OnePlus 5. The weeks leading to its launch have been full of excitement. And we have to say that the device doesn’t disappoint, as it carries the baton forward from its predecessors quite well, and brings forth an impressive spec sheet. 

What piqued our interest, in particular, about the OnePlus 5 are its loaded internals. At the heart of its latest smartphone resides the most powerful mobile processor built by Qualcomm till date – the Snapdragon 835. The SoC has so far been seen on just a limited number of devices like the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11, and the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8, all of which cost way more than what the OnePlus 5 is expected to. 


For those of you who are unaware, the Snapdragon 835 is a major upgrade from its previous model, the Snapdragon 821. The octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC makes use of new Kyro 280 cores, and is built on the 10nm FinFET process. The latter results in lesser heat, enables slimmer phones, and offers better efficiency. And when you hear that the Snapdragon 835 offers up to 27 percent better performance or up to 40 percent lower power consumption than the Snapdragon 821, you know that the OnePlus 5 is going to be a beast without compromising on the battery life. Add to it the fact that OnePlus’ Oxygen OS offers a stock-like experience on an Android device, and you’re talking about quick animations, snappy performance and blazingly-fast app load times. 


Another feature that has us excited about the OnePlus 5 is that it will ship with a mammoth 8 gigs of RAM, making it one of the first smartphones in the world to do so. Now you may wonder if 8GB of RAM even required on smartphones. Well, why not? Phones have quickly shifted from being calling and messaging mediums to our primary devices – gadgets that are perhaps more used than anything else, including our computers and laptops. Furthermore, there is an increasing number of heavier apps and games in the Play Store which require more resources.

With such RAM capacity, not only are you future proofing your purchase, but also making sure that your smartphone can handle multiple tasks at once without breaking into sweat. You can easily have tons of apps open at any given time and still get a smooth and fast experience. Remember the OnePlus 3? It was one of the very few phones to ship with 6GB of RAM, and the reason for that can be attributed to the fact that the brand has a history of bringing the highest RAM to its phones to ensure you get the same experience months after the launch, as you did a week after it. Of course, the fact that the OnePlus 5 would easily be topping the benchmark charts, would also give its buyers bragging rights over its rivals. 


The combination of a Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM is very pleasing to the ears of course. In addition, the OnePlus 5 comes packed in a slimmer, refined design and boasts enticing features like a dual-camera setup. In fact, the OnePlus 5 marks the company’s transition from launching flagship killers to a flagship, which can give other high-end smartphones a run for their money. We can’t wait till June 22nd for its India launch to get our hands on the beast. What about you?