OnePlus 5T battery life test results: excellent performer


The OnePlus 5T is one of the best phones you can buy for $500: the phone feels like a much more expensive device, has a sleek design and super fast performance, but what about its battery life?

We have used the OnePlus 5T for a couple of weeks now and we have also run our proprietary battery test, so we have a more complete understanding of its battery life.

First, let's get the specs out of the way, though. The OnePlus 5T features a 3,300 mAh battery, the same size as in the OnePlus 5. Despite its bigger display, we found that the new OnePlus 5T battery lasts about as long as on the OnePlus 5, which itself was an above average performer.

In practical terms, we get around a solid day, up to a day and a half of use on a single charge.

On our battery test, the OnePlus 5T scored 8 hours and 51 minutes, slightly better than comparable phones with OLED screens like the Galaxy Note 8 and on par with the Google Pixel 2 XL. Its score is about 5% lower than that of the OnePlus 5. Take a look at how it compares to other phones as well:

Battery life(hours)Higher is better
OnePlus 5T8h 51 min(Good)
OnePlus 59h 18 min(Good)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro12h 5 min(Excellent)
Apple iPhone X8h 41 min(Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus10h 35 min(Excellent)
Apple iPhone 88h 37 min(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note87h 50 min(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S88h 22 min(Average)
Google Pixel 2 XL8h 57 min(Good)
Google Pixel 28h 40 min(Good)
LG V309h 34 min(Good)

What we love about the OnePlus 5T is its support for Dash Charge.

Dash Charge works in a different way than other fast charging solutions: it uses a higher amperage to achieve higher power deliver, while other fast chargers increase the voltage. The Dash Charge charging piece charges at 5 volts and 4 amps. What's particularly impressive about it is that unlike others, it will fast-charge the phone even when you are using it. We also love that with Dash Charge you don't need to leave your phone charging overnight because it is just so fast. Here are the charge rates:

  • at 15 minutes - 31%
  • at 30 minutes - 59%
  • at 40 minutes - 75%
  • at 1 hour - 91%
  • starts slower charging after it reaches around 75% charge, even slower after 90%
  • full charge takes 1 hour and 43 minutes

Full Charge(hours)Lower is better
OnePlus 5T1h 33 min
OnePlus 51h 39 min
Huawei Mate 10 Pro1h 42 min
Apple iPhone X3h 9 min
Apple iPhone 8 Plus2h 58 min
Apple iPhone 82h 28 min
Samsung Galaxy Note81h 42 min
Samsung Galaxy S81h 40 min
Google Pixel 2 XL2h 32 min
Google Pixel 21h 51 min
LG V301h 48 min

Overall, the OnePlus 5T is a very good phone both in terms of battery life and in terms of how fast it charges.

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