Alternatives: 5 phones to consider instead of the OnePlus 5

Maybe you don't like the diminishing bang-for-buck benefit that OnePlus was once popular for.

Maybe you're not terribly infatuated with its non-unique looks.

Maybe you expected more than just a dual-camera and a newer chipset.

Maybe you're mad at OnePlus for ditching its uniqueness away and becoming a fulltime copycat of its more popular competitors.

Countless reasons can be mentioned here, but point is, the OnePlus 5 won't magically float just anyone's boat. The once-present aura of the startup company that vowed to bring an affordable flagship killer to the masses is slowly transforming evaporating as OnePlus is gradually becoming one of those companies it once wanted to be an alternative of. Steadily losing its mojo and the uniqueness that set it apart once, OnePlus has revealed that it has the courage to come up with a copycat design and zero desire to introduce its own design language and unique features, with the forgettable OnePlus 5 being the living proof for that.

Anyway, here are a few phones to consider as an alternative to the OnePlus 5.

HTC U Play

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P10, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(15.21h 3G talk time)

The HTC U Play is a nice-looking phone with a metal frame sandwiched between two shiny glass surfaces. There's even an exclusive sapphire glass edition of the U Play, which is definitely a neat thing to see. The device comes with a mid-range MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, which is a 64-bit octa-core affair. The phone also boasts some 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of native storage, as well as a microSD card expansion slot. There's an optically-stabilized f/2.0 16MP camera with phase-detection autofocus at the back.

The device is currently going for $460.

Motorola Moto Z Play

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3510 mAh

Although the Moto Z2 Play is official, the Moto Z Play could be a better and more affordable choice for many,k especially those willing to get exceptional battery life performance for their money. Let us explain - the older handset carries a bigger battery and just marginally weaker chipset, the Snapdragon 625. True, there's no Moto Mods support either, but the 3,510 and the chipset work in concert to deliver an outstanding battery endurance.   Sleek and efficient, with Moto Mods support - that's the Moto Z2 Play. True, powered by a Snapdragon 626 only, the Moto Z Play is not exactly in the same flagship ballpark as the OnePlus 5, but is indeed an alternative that should be considered by anyone willing to shell out nearly five hundred bucks on the OnePlus 5.   

The device is currently going for $449.

Honor 6x

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh

The Honor 6X is a cheaper dual-camera alternative to the OnePlus 5. Surely, it's a bit more humble when it comes to raw specs - there's no Snapdragon 835 like in the OnePlus 5, but the Kirin 655 is not as bad as it might sound on paper. Yet, just like the OnePlus 5, the Honor 6X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a similar-sized battery, and is available in either 64 or 128GB of storage. We had the pleasure of reviewing this affordable handset, and while it has its flaws, it should undoubtedly be considered.

The device is currently going for $339.99.

ZTE Axon 7

  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3250 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

One camera, but two loudspeakers, Snapdragon 820, a design that's not a rip-off of a certain device, 4GB of RAM, and a not-too-shabby battery - that's what you'll get with the Axon 7, available for less than $400 right now. Good value for money!

The device is currently going for $395.


Apple iPhone 7 Plus

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

Given that the OnePlus 5 seems to be paying tons and tons of homage to the iPhone 7 Plus, why not go ahead and get the real thing instead? You will get a superior and more fleshed-out Portrait mode for the camera, optical image stabilization, better raw performance, and most importantly, official software support well until 2020.

The phone is starting at $769.

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Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Phonearena why did u include iphone 7plus? You are saying alternative phone, but iphone cant be an alternative to op5 atleast

4. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Why not? People act like the iPhone performs bad. It's best in class at what it does (when it was released). And apple support is worth every penny.

6. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

So the only viable alternative to the OP5 is a way more expensive phone?

13. samgsam

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Don't you remember that it's Phonearena? They had to include iphone in any possible way

28. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

PA deliberately include iphone so that fanboys can keep on fighting. After all that is the bread and butter for PA. Without them this site will cease to exist.

15. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Well, this is the low class phones, so including the iPhone makes sense. At least pa does something right this time.

23. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Phonearena is located in Bulgaria. In the same country, currently one of the operators give XZ Premium for 588$ US with 2 years contract. 200$ cheaper then iPhone; Faster in most case scenarios; Camera with 960fps. Interesting why iPhonearena did not include it in this bunch of phones? Someone from PA to answer?

25. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

They hate Sony devices without much logic.... Always ignoring important features and comparing them biasly. Their old reviews always lacked small apps, many battery test (like the Z3c) were not performed, and they never tested charging times using a fast charger (which is almost never included in the box by Sony but they could have use another QC 3 compliant charger) They always fail to mention the noise canceling ability straight from the headphone jack from the Z2 and newer, DAC over USB, and on older devices CEC over HDMI...

31. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

iPhone Arena

2. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

This list kind of shows there's no real alternative to the OP5?

10. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

-xiaomi MI 6 -zte Nubia Z17 all of those are better or equal to 1+5

3. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

You list a bunch of $300-450 phones and then end with a sub $800 phone? I mean you just can't resist the temptation of putting an Iphone in here huh?

5. Foxgabanna

Posts: 587; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Well the one plus one is $600. And if I'm going to pay for something I want done right, I would get an iPhone 7 Plus.

7. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Where did you get that it's $600?

9. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

well its priced at $ripoff.

8. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The author clearly drunk. Of all the honor phones he chose honor 6x as an alternate choice ?

12. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Yes this article is ridiculous. You'd expect smartphone experts to know more about the different phones out there. The Honor 9 is the closest competitor with Mi6, Z17, Honor 8 pro etc...

11. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Honor 8 pro

14. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What the heck did you do? Throw a bunch of phone names in a hat and pick them at random? This list is nonsensical.

16. ishaqthkr

Posts: 155; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

U Play? Give me a break

17. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Honor 9!

19. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Seriously? The oneplus has double the amount of Ram and Rom of almost all phones mentioned there, not to talk of a better processor and all for $48x starting price. Hehehe PA thinks anyone considering the OP5 would fancy getting an iPhone7 plus for $800+ and a lot less custonizability and freedom

20. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm sorry one plus. After the announcement I immediately planned to get IPhone 7 plus. IPhone must be really good even you went out and copy it?

21. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The only real contender is the axon 7. And moto z play. The rest are a joke. The honor 8 is better value than the 6x. What about the s7 for $450 on Amazon and newegg. And the moto z regularly retails for $500 on Amazon.

27. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

For those in the USA you can get the S8 for $425 with a trade in of any smartphone. Or the S8+ for $525.

22. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Price compare the OnePlus 5 is not same as iPhone 7 Plus, iDiotArena. Not everyone can afford to buy a $650++ devices. Why author picks random devices, and where is Xiaomi Mi6/Note 2 and iPhone SE? What a BS article.

24. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

1. big price to pay for a phone with such specs. 2. compare this with OP5? PA you're crazy. 3. compete with Lenovo P2 or Redmi Note, not OP5. PA you're drunk. 4. Axon 7 is a great phone overall, except that it still loses to OP in terms of software. 5. the most horrible piece of gadget, yuckie....

26. jjface

Posts: 229; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

Alternatives - Anything

29. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

not an laternative at all. Same prices for lower specs? No thank you.OP5 is comparable to GS8+ and nothing lower. Motorola? Ahahaha that is a joke of a phone.

30. TheOracle1

Posts: 2213; Member since: May 04, 2015

Mate 9, Honor 9, P9 Plus, Mi Mix, Nubia Z17, Mi Note 2, Zenfone 3, S7 Edge............ All around the same price as the OP5 and far, far cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus. Another silly iPhonearena article.

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