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OnePlus 5 hits India

OnePlus 5 Front

The OnePlus 5 has officially gotten launched in India and is all set to hit Amazon in an Early Access Sale starting from 4:30 pm today. The handset’s open sale will kick off from June 27 at midnight. Pop-up stores are going to be held in New Delhi on June 23, Bengaluru on June 24, Chennai on June 24, and Hyderabad on June 25.

As expected, the OnePlus 5 is going to be an expensive proposition in India. It starts at Rs 32999 for its 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM Slate Gray variant and goes up to Rs 37999 for its 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM Midnight Black model. The figures mark a change in strategy for a brand which has always been known for providing flagship-worthy specs at affordable rates.

Now it looks like OnePlus is directly trying to put itself in the same premium category as major players like Apple and Samsung, though the OnePlus 5 is not quite as expensive as the duo’s flagships. There’s no denying the smartphone’s similarity to the iPhone 7 Plus, right from the curved antenna bands to the 16MP + 20MP dual cameras placed at the corner.

OnePlus 5 Back

Comparisons are inevitable, especially since the OnePlus 5 has a Portrait Mode of its own which also blurs out the background and keeps the main subject in focus. Performance could be a major differentiator for the handset given its power-packed combination of 8GB of RAM, UFS 2.1 two lane storage, and a Snapdragon 835 processor.

Specifications of the OnePlus 5:

– Display: 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat-based OxygenOS
– Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 two-lane
– CPU: 2.45GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835
– GPU: Adreno 540
– Camera: 16MP + 20MP rear, 16MP front
– Battery: 3300mAh
– Size: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.25mm
– Weight: 153g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G, VoLTE, USB Type-C, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS

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The OnePlus 5 will be available via Amazon India, the brand’s website, and OnePlus Experience Stores on June 27. Launch offers include Rs 1500 cashback for SBI credit and debit card holders, Rs 500 worth of Kindle eBooks, 75GB of free Vodafone data, 3 months of free Vodafone Play access, Rs 250 as Amazon Pay Balance when using the Prime Video app, and 12 months of Accidental Damage Insurance via Servify.