OnePlus 5 battery life test results are out: very solid performance, but not quite a 2-day affair


The OnePlus 5 is as controversial of a phone as they get: an iPhone-inspired look and a dual camera with Portrait mode just like the one on the 7 Plus, but also a clean and mean Android interface with one of the fastest processors around. Sprinkle a bit of jelly scrolling effect issues for color, and a ton of hype, and you start to get a more complete picture.

But no smartphone portrait is ever full without a look at battery life.

The OnePlus 5 features a 3,300mAh battery running the show, a bit smaller than the 3,400mAh cell on the OnePlus 3T. At the same time, though, the new phone also makes use of a newer, Snapdragon 835 system chip that wastes less energy and holds huge promise for battery longevity. There is also no extra battery strain from the display: it runs on a Full HD, not Quad HD resolution. The difference is hardly even noticeably to the naked eye, so we don't mind.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 3T 5h 41 min (Average)
OnePlus 3 5h 53 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 7h 18 min (Good)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Average)
HTC U11 9h 3 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Good)
Huawei P10 Plus 8h 18 min (Excellent)

Good news is that all of this together combines beautifully. The OnePlus 5 scores very solidly on our custom battery test. We run a standardized test on all devices: running a script that mimics typical phone use and then have the brightness of all screens set at 200 nits, a level comfortable for indoor use.

The OnePlus 5 scored one of the best results of any flagships: 9 hours and 18 minutes trumps devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8+, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel XL, LG G6, and pretty much every modern flagship.

In real life, though, where we do look at stand-by and try varying use, we found that the phone is not quite a two-day affair. And that's okay: it's still a high mark that no other major flagship meets. We were able, though, to have the phone get us through the busiest of days, kicking off at 8am and taking it back for a recharge at 11pm after a night out.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
OnePlus 5 99
OnePlus 3T 85
OnePlus 3 74
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 99
LG G6 97
HTC U11 98
Google Pixel XL 118
Huawei P10 Plus 117

The other aspect of a battery we look at is charging speeds. The OnePlus 5 features the proprietary 'Dash Charge' technology that lets you top up your phone quickly even while you are using it, something impossible on other quick charge phones like the Galaxy S8.

The OnePlus 5 did well, but was not as speedy as earlier OnePlus phones.

Still, though, the battery life of the OnePlus 5 is above average by all means. And that's one less hurdle on its way towards fighting the Samsung and iPhones of the world. After all, that's what OnePlus is gunning for.

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  • 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

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20 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wow wwelldone op!

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

POS phone.

18. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

POS president.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Great job oneplus. This will probably be the 2nd most successful phone behind the galaxies on the android front tbh. Btw, this phone is even more beautiful that the g6 imo even without the fancy aspect ratio. The g6 should just follow apples lead and remove their branding from the front. Just like the way oneplus and samsung did.

13. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Well done my rear side. Other reviewers state that things phone has very similar battery life to the 3T. More efficient SoC my rump. We all know how flawed PA's battery test is, why all of a sudden are we trusting it?

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Still not trusting it.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, it is still designed largely for bias towards iPhones. Once in a while they will let an Android phone through just to make it seem fair, but they always pick the phones that aren't going to be competing with the iPhone in price. You probably won't get a phone more than $650 up there unless its a no-name, unheard of company, or one that doesn't sell too many in the US.

21. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Their test pegs it at the same battery life as an iPhone 6S Plus and yet I consistently get at least 2 days of use. That being the case, I somehow doubt the OP 5 would last that long.

3. sun0066

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

is this phone good enough for something as per PA ?

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yup! It is. Just not polished enough

10. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

True.

4. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

As much as I try to believe that 1+5 is good enough, it's not. The HTC U11 is way way better. Battery life is identical. Performance is the same. 1+ is loud but the HTC is bassy. Display - HTC. Plus according to PA 1+ is 8.2 at $50-70 less. I'd rather pay the difference and get the better phone.

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If you buy the 64GB OP5 then the U11 costs $170 more, for a 64GB model too.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The htc is undoubtedly better (it also looks more polished too) but the oneplus 5 will be more of a sales success imo. This thing is loved in india and its uncanny looks with the iphone will also help influence peoples buying decision.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's very much possible. Especially if Oneplus promotes the 5 in more effective ways over the U11. The lower price of the former should help too, as both have the same base storage. But the 5 has 2 extra Gigs of RAM. And in India, many people seem to buy a phone based on raw specs over user experience.

12. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Response to Post#7 It may or may not be that huge a difference in some countries. In my country I get a 64GB 1+ for 60k and the U11 for 65k. Plus I think you can't add a memory card to the 1+5. It also lacks water resistance and that may be a problem down the road. Response to Bankz That's because of the lower price, but in the end you get a cheap phone with non-existent spare parts. U11's only shortcoming is the headphone jack while the 1+ lacks a lot of essential stuff.

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That's a major leap in endurance. I wonder how much the processor has a hand in these scores as the panel is largely the same.

16. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

This is indeed true. I haven't used a phone with such battery life. I am getting 8-9 hours sot on an avg! This is amazing

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dat iPhone charging time though.

19. haydenb

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Ive gotten easily a day and a half with my s8 +

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