Today’s OnePlus 5 launch was less of a launch and more of a confirmation of the rumours that were going around for the past five months. The OnePlus 5 is now official and it is safe to say that it is indeed the flagship killer of 2017 boasting of a formidable feature set, a familiar yet refined design and an affordable price.

The OnePlus 5 launched globally for $479

1/2The OnePlus 5 launched globally for $479
The OnePlus 5 launched globally for $479
For a price of $539 (Rs 34,300 roughly), the OnePlus 5 will give you the latest flagship Qualcomm processor - The Snapdragon 835 which also powers the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the U.S. You get 8GB of RAM which is the most any mobile device has come with. And you get 128GB of storage space.

In terms of the design, as the extensive video on The Verge revealed, OnePlus went through a lot of prototypes and finally settled for an iPhone-lookalike. At first glance, it is quite easy to mistake the OnePlus 5 for the iPhone 7 Plus, if not for its compact form factor. Right from the matte finish of the Midnight Black colour variant to the positioning of the dual rear cameras, the OnePlus 5 looks identical to the iPhone 7 Plus. But, this is by no means a let down, as the look and feel of the device is better than any other device OnePlus has launched. The phone was three years in the making, co-founder Carl Pei said at the Keynote presentation. OnePlus fine tuned every aspect of the phone.

On the front is the 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display with TrueTone which balances the colour output of the display. You get a front mounted fingerprint scanner embedded in the spherical home button and a USB-Type C port on the bottom with Dash Charge support. Despite slimming the phone down to just 7.25mm, OnePlus has thankfully retained the 3.5mm headphone jack which is at the bottom.

The flagship killer once again

2/2The flagship killer once again
The flagship killer once again
But hey, the spec sheet alone does not make a phone a contender of a flagship killer anymore. So OnePlus worked on the camera to offer fans one of the best imaging experience on a mid-range phone ever. To take on the likes of Samsung, Apple and Google, OnePlus collaborated with imaging experts DxO to offer a dual camera setup on the back. It is the belief that because of supply chain efficiencies, anyone can assemble high-end hardware, put Android on it and market it as a premium phone. And what sets the leaders apart is the imaging experience. It is that lucrative segment that OnePlus wanted to take on the world leaders. You get a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 20-megapixel sensor paired with a telephoto lens which provides 2x optical zoom. Yes, it’s the same approach as the iPhone 7 Plus. The dual cameras also helps in separating the background from the object to enable a shallow depth of field and bokehs for portrait shots.

OnePlus also uses a custom Smart Capture imaging software which optimises the photo captured by reducing noise and leveraging the optical zoom with the telephoto lens. HDR too, OnePlus claims, has been improved. It will also optimise for scenarios using machine learning. OnePlus basically trained the camera app to recognise the scenes you are shooting and optimise the photo on its own.

On the front, you get an 8-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calls. The screen also brightens up to act as a substitute for a flash.

All this for half the price the iPhone 7 Plus comes for.

The OnePlus 5 packs a 3,300mAh battery and uses its proprietary Dash Charge technology to charge the phone. Apparently, it gives a “day’s power in half an hour.” OnePlus also demonstrated the phone charges faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Snapdragon 835 processor helps in cutting down the power intake. By around 25 per cent. It uses LDDR4 RAM which offers 20 more efficiency in power. Software features like App Priority will keep the apps you use the most, ready to run and deprioritise the rest.

The phone runs on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat with OxygenOS on top. You get the usual Dual SIM support along with 4G LTE and VoLTE support as well. OnePlus is offering two variants of the device and it will be launched in India on June 22 in two days. There are two colour variants- Midnight Black and Slate Grey along with exclusive phone cases designed by Otterbox. The 8GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 5 is priced at $539 (Rs 34,300 roughly ) and the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is priced at $479 (Rs 31,000 roughly). It is rumoured that the Indian price of the same will be Rs 37,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage.