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After a week of waiting, finally, the most awaited smartphone branded as the flagship killer, the OnePlus 5 is ready for purchase via Amazon and the OnePlus Store. That means, no waiting in line as it is released globally.

After making so much hype last week, the OnePlus 5 had made so much fuss over Android and smartphone enthusiasts. Why? That is because it is the only smartphone powered by Google’s latest Android O (Oreo or Oatmeal Cookie) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that has below the $500 price point—at least with its 6GB version.

Variants Available

There will be two variants that will be available for purchase. The color gray version is the 64GB/6GB RAM which will cost US$479 and the color black version will have 128GB/8GB RAM and will be sold at US$539.

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OnePlus 5 spec

Issues Settled

Despite the criticisms received when it was announced due to the quality of its display being not QHD and settled for the FHD resolution. OnePlus CEO Peter Lau defended the OnePlus 5’s smartphone display as the optimum option for its battery’s capacity.

He also added that the difference between QHD and FHD is hardly noticeable given the size of the phone which is 5.5 inches. And to sacrifice a longer lasting usage of the device for a resolution that is basically unnecessary would be a waste of resources stating that they do not play around with hardware specs and that they prefer giving the customers the best user experience.

Cons of OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 also lacks waterproofing which is available in other flagship phones. The phone was also bombarded with complaints of it being uncannily similar to the iPhone 7 of Apple.

The most recent controversy was about the rumored rigged benchmark result of the OnePlus 5 handset in which Lau also answered that their company just uses proper heat dissipation in order to tap the CPU’s maximum capacity. He even told the Indian Express that they do not even know how to overclock so rigging the benchmark result is not possible for them.

Hopefully, Lau’s statement helped the reputation of OnePlus 5 that was being ruined before it even released.

With the concern of the device’s price hike compared to their usual price point, Lau said that they had to adjust because the component costs have gone up across the industries. Noting that they also released an 8GB RAM version which is more compared to most flagships out there. Even the cost of the handset’s packaging has increased.

Should You Get OnePlus 5?

For what it’s worth, the OnePlus 5 is still significantly cheaper compared to similar hardware brands. And if the benchmark is as genuine as Lau claimed, then there is your answer for choosing OnePlus 5 as your next driver smartphone. That is of course if you are not brand-conscious. But the OnePlus name is currently considered a renowned brand in the smartphone industry so that should count for something.

To get your OnePlus 5 handset, it is now available in United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India and several countries in Europe. Or you can get it online on Amazon and its OnePlus Store which is available globally.