OnePlus 5 specs: iPhone copycat by the numbers

Chris Burns - Jun 20, 2017, 4:14pm CDT
OnePlus 5 specs: iPhone copycat by the numbers

The OnePlus 5 looks extremely similar to the iPhone 7 Plus – there’s no getting around it. It’s so extremely similar that it’d be difficult for people not intimately familiar with either to confuse one for the other – save the logos. What we’re looking at today is whether the OnePlus 5 is meant to compete with the iPhone 7 Plus for specs – or if it just happens to copy the look of the Apple smartphone because millions of people around the world buy their phone only because it looks the way it does.

The original release date of the iPhone 7 Plus was September of last year – that’s 2016. The iPhone generally comes out once a year, and generally during the same part of the year, so we wont expect a new model until September of this year. The iPhone 7 Plus is the larger of two iPhones from the same yearly release, the smaller coming with just one back-facing camera instead of two.

The OnePlus 5 has two back-facing cameras as well, and has a release date of June 2017, with pre-orders starting this week. While the iPhone 7 Plus pricing begins at $769, the OnePlus 5 starts at $479. That’s off-contract pricing for both devices.

SEE: Our iPhone 7 Plus Review

Both machines are relatively similar in thickness at 7.3mm for the iPhone and 7.25mm for the OnePlus 5. The iPhone 7 Plus is taller than the OnePlus 5 by 4mm, and wider by about 3.8mm. The weight of the iPhone 7 Plus is 188g, while the OnePlus 5 is 153g.

Neither device has a removable battery – the iPhone has a 2900mAh capacity, while the OnePlus 5 sports a battery capacity of 3300mAh. While the OnePlus 5 comes in Midnight Black and Slate Grey depending on the version, iPhone comes in Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, and Red.

Both devices have a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels across them – so they should, on one level, seem the same. Time will tell whether both devices remain color accurate, and which provides better battery life. Stay tuned for our full review for that.

The most base version of the iPhone 7 Plus comes with 32GB internal storage and 3GB of RAM as well as an Apple A10 Fusion quad-core processor. Comparing the processors of the two devices is an exercise in futility, as they both run different software. The most base version of the OnePlus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core processor as well as 64GB internal storage and 6GB of RAM.

The iPhone’s dual-camera setup rolls with one 12-megapixel camera and one 7-MP. The OnePlus 5’s setup includes a 20-MP camera and a 16-MP camera. Again, we’ll have to wait and see which machine shoots the better photos and video.

Both devices have the same Wi-fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Nano-SIM card slot, GSM connectivity, and access to 3G and 4G LTE. Both have a compass and magnetometer, proximity sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope.

The iPhone 7 Plus has a barometer while the OnePlus 5 doesn’t. The OnePlus 5 has NFC that’s open to any NFC tag, while the iPhone’s NFC is limited to Apple Pay (for now). The OnePlus 5 has a 3.5mm headphone jack and an extra SIM card slot, while the iPhone does not.

Will one of these devices compete with the other? On a very basic level, yes. In the real world though, there’s little chance choosing between these two devices would lead either an Android fan or an iOS fan to choose the other operating system.

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