Comment: OnePlus loses the charm

Kommentar: OnePlus verliert den Reiz

Since OnePlus entered the smartphone market in April 2014, the Chinese company is popular with technically affluent clientele and the modding scene. OnePlus allows custom ROMs, offers a sleek Android and the Preispolitik was initially very aggressive. But now the manufacturer has lost its appeal.

(Straight) OnePlus customers want updates

Recently, the company announced after a long consolation and waiting time that the OnePlus 2 (test) will not receive an update on Android 7.0 nougat. Even the mid-class smartphone OnePlus X is no longer supported. Annoying, considering the attempts and communication, to be close to the community.

Since the OnePlus 2, software development has been taking place in self-government. The OnePlus One is no longer maintained with new OS versions. At the time of the announcement, only the OnePlus 3 and 3T were available as an intermediate step to the OnePlus 5 with a new operating system. Even for a small company like OnePlus, an update for the penultimate generation should be possible. Although many OnePlus customers are technically versed and can install a custom ROM: From this point of view, OnePlus could then do without updates.

The OnePlus 5 in comparison to the competition

The new OnePlus 5 brings some question marks despite improvements in relation to the increased price. Unlike the flagship of the competition, the model is not water- or dust-tight, the type C port is specified according to USB 2.0 and not 3.0, the quick-charge technology is proprietary. Also the edges are large compared to LG G6 (test) or Samsung Galaxy S8 (test); The design reminds very strongly of the iPhone 7 Plus. Of course, the annoying is at a high level, but previous tests from the US criticize the unimaginative design and the relatively poor dual camera.

OnePlus 5 LG G6 Samsung Galaxy S8
(bei Erscheinen)
Android 7.1 Android 7.0
Display: 5,50 Zoll
1.080 × 1.920, 401 ppi
AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5
5,70 Zoll
1.440 × 2.880, 565 ppi
IPS, HDR, Gorilla Glass 3
5,80 Zoll
1.440 × 2.960, 568 ppi
WQHD+ Super AMOLED, HDR, Gorilla Glass 5
Bedienung: Touch
Fingerabdrucksensor, Status-LED
Fingerabdrucksensor, Iris-Scanner, Status-LED
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 × Kryo 280, 2,45 GHz
4 × Kryo 280, 1,90 GHz
10 nm, 64-Bit
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
2 × Kryo, 2,34 GHz
2 × Kryo, 2,19 GHz
14 nm, 64-Bit
Samsung Exynos 8895
4 × Exynos M2, 2,31 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 1,69 GHz
10 nm, 64-Bit
GPU: Adreno 540
710 MHz
Adreno 530
653 MHz
Mali-G71 MP20
546 MHz
6.144 MB
8.192 MB
4.096 MB
Speicher: 64 / 128 GB 32 GB (+microSD) 64 GB (+microSD)
Kamera: 16,0 MP, 2160p
Quad-LED, f/1,7, AF
13,0 MP, 2160p
Dual-LED, f/1,8, AF, OIS
12,0 MP, 2160p
LED, f/1,7, AF, OIS
Sekundär-Kamera: 20,0 MP, f/2,6, AF 13,0 MP, f/2,4, AF Nein
Frontkamera: 16,0 MP, 1080p
5,0 MP, 1080p
8,0 MP, 1440p
Display-Blitz, f/1,7, AF
↓42,2 ↑5,76 Mbit/s
LTE: Advanced
↓600 ↑150 Mbit/s
Advanced Pro
↓1.000 ↑150 Mbit/s
WLAN: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast
Bluetooth: 5.0 4.2 LE 5.0 LE
Ortung: A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Weitere Standards: USB 2.0 Typ C, NFC USB 3.0 Typ C, NFC USB 3.1 Typ C, NFC
SIM-Karte: Nano-SIM, Dual-SIM Nano-SIM
Akku: 3.300 mAh
fest verbaut
3.300 mAh (12,50 Wh)
fest verbaut
3.000 mAh (11,55 Wh)
fest verbaut, kabelloses Laden
Größe (B×H×T): 74,1 × 154,2 × 7,25 mm 71,9 × 148,9 × 7,90 mm 68,1 × 148,9 × 8,00 mm
Schutzart: IP68
Gewicht: 153 g 163 g 152 g
Preis: 499 € / 559 € ab 474 € ab 602 €

Quality and service are two pair of shoe

It is not only the quality of the smartphones, which loses in attractiveness, but also the development around it. With the updated update on Android 7.0 for the OnePlus 2, the manufacturer has, as well as some comments in the ComputerBase forum show, maliciously with many customers and potential prospective customers. Prices are also no longer (much) lower than in the case of top models from other manufacturers, although the use of the service via the dealer or manufacturer is directly much easier.

OnePlus has become increasingly oriented towards the mainstream with increasing popularity and popularity and is now trying to find a balancing act as a middle way. Despite the BBK parent company, which includes the heavyweights Oppo and Vivo, the resources are simply missing. OnePlus can not cope with the thousands of employees of Apple, Samsung or LG with several hundred employees. This could be overlooked at comparatively low prices, but here, too, OnePlus is developing in the direction of the big names and, overall, a little bit between the many small and large manufacturers.

OnePlus has solved its roots

The OnePlus 5 is certainly a success for the manufacturer, it is to be the fastest selling OnePlus so far. Only the rebellious, counter-current-like differentness is no longer there. On the whole, the price for OnePlus is still being talked about, with the rest not attracting the competition.

This shows a parallel to Nexus 4 and 5, which were very popular thanks to their low prices; The higher-priced successors, on the other hand, lost their special character. Even if OnePlus does not explicitly define itself over the price, the great charm has also flown with it. The new model no longer acts as the alternative to anything, but is only a cheaper high-end smartphone.

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