OnePlus 5: The best new Android phone is out now, but it’s bad news for users in Thailand

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You could be forgiven for having never heard of OnePlus but the popular Android smartphone maker has picked up a cult following since it first launched in 2014.

Now the Chinese tech firm has just launched its latest handset, the OnePlus 5, which is the spitting image of the iPhone 7.

The new device has come a long way from OnePlus’ humble beginnings when their aim was to provide premium smartphones at affordable prices.

In order to keep up with the competition, the Chinese manufacturer has had to upgrade its hardware.

Thanks to this, the phone isn’t what you would describe at budget with prices starting at around the THB25,000 mark.

The ‘basic’ model has 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM whilst the top model has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The device may not be cheap but it is still cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6.

When it comes to the specs, the OnePlus 5 has a Snapdragon 835 processor, a dual lens camera, a 3,300mAh battery and runs on the Oxygen OS, a modified version of Android Nougat, which offers a near stock Android experience.

It is also dual SIM which is handy if you have SIM cards from different countries.

The specs of the OnePlus 5 are impressive although owners of the OnePlus 3 and 3T models might need some convincing to upgrade.

Other than the fast speed, the only major difference is the dual-lens camera, with a marginally better screen resolution.

A key selling point with the OnePlus 5 will be the Dash Charge which was first introduced on the OnePlus 3 and proved successful.

Sadly, the OnePlus 5 is not set to be officially launched in Thailand meaning the best chance you have to pick one up is via Lazada or eBay.

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