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OnePlus 5 Review

OnePlus 5

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OnePlus 5 Review
Call Quality

Call quality on the OnePlus 5 is solid. We had no issues on both ends: voices in the earpiece are sufficiently loud and clear, easy to recognize with their natural tonality, and the mic output is also crisp and clear, so callers on the other end will not have any problems hearing you.

Battery life

The OnePlus 5 battery life is solid, without beating any records: expect to get through even busier days on a single charge, but not more.

The OnePlus 5 features a 3,300mAh, non-removable battery, a slightly smaller one than the 3,400mAh cell on the 3T.

However, with the power-efficient Snapdragon 835 and the non-excessively energy consuming Full HD display, the OnePlus 5 will get you through even those busier, longer days. It’s not quite in two day territory, though. And that’s more than your average phone, so we can safely say that battery life is very good. In real life we get between four and five hours of screen-on time, depending on usage.

OnePlus 5 Review

The OnePlus 5 also aced our custom battery test beating most flagships and ranking on par with the excellent iPhone 7 Plus. It scored 9 hours and 18 minutes, significantly improving over earlier OnePlus phones.

Then, there is Dash Charge. OnePlus’ proprietary fast charging solution allows you to fully recharge your phone in less than 1 hour and 40 minutes. Its key advantage over others, though, is that it maintains fast charge speeds even when you charge while using your phone. OnePlus says that you get a day’s power in half an hour, and we found that a half-hour charge will indeed juice up the phone to more than 50%. Keep in mind, though, that you need to use the wall charger and the red USB-C cable that come in the box, Dash Charge will not work with third-party accessories.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
OnePlus 5 99
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
LG G6 97
View all

Price and alternatives

Things are different for OnePlus now. From the ‘Never Settle’ start-up that used to make super affordable phones to… the OnePlus 5. To illustrate the change at OnePlus, here is how pricing has changed throughout the years:

OnePlus 5 Review

At this price, the OnePlus 5 might be the most expensive OnePlus phone, but it is also the cheapest phone with the Snapdragon 835 chip out there. There’s two ways to look at it. It’s still noticeably cheaper than most flagships, and it’s even cheaper than last year’s flagships. Here is how the price of the OnePlus 5 compares to direct rivals:

So it’s clear that despite the price hike, the OnePlus 5 is still one of the best value-for-the-money offers out there.

Your alternatives?

All the above phones, if you are looking for similar firepower and the Snapdragon 835 chip. If you start looking at the same prices, you will have to make do with less powerful devices like the Moto Z2 Play, a $500 phone with slightly better battery, but a less ambitious camera and a weaker, Snapdragon 626 system chip.

We would also look at the more affordable iPhones: the iPhone 6s and/or the iPhone SE if you are fine with their smaller sizes. These phones offer similarly powerful processors, timely updates and excellent software, but battery life is less impressive.


OnePlus 5 Review

The OnePlus 5 is a very, very good phone for a very, very good price.

Interestingly enough, it is also a victim of its own high aspirations to compete with the very best out there. It lacks just a bit to fully match them: it does not have the wow-inducing design of the S8, nor the fluidity of an iPhone or a Pixel.

Its best two features are a great price and fast performance, plus an impressively quick and accurate fingerprint scanner. The OxygenOS interface offers proper customization options where they are needed. The battery life is solid and Dash Charging is just as impressive as in previous OnePlus phones.

The dual camera, however, falls short of expectations and is not quite great. Actually using the phone reveals some unexpected issues, like the one we had with the Facebook app, where we encountered a number of bugs. And the phone itself is hella slippery (put a case on it!). But those are minor faults in an otherwise excellent package.

Overall, the OnePlus 5 does not feel as ground-breaking as the OnePlus 3. It’s an evolution rather than a revolution, but if you are looking for a solid all-around performer for a great price, the OnePlus 5 is still in a category of its own: one of the best — if not the best — option out there.


  • Very good price
  • Very fast performance
  • Display looks great, pleasing colors
  • Dash charging is extremely fast and works even when you use your phone
  • Plentiful 64GB of internal storage
  • Mute switch is nice to have
  • Very fast camera (both to open and to focus)
  • Solid battery life
  • Very loud loudspeaker


  • Some major apps like Facebook are a bit stuttery and buggy
  • Camera is not great
  • Still no water proofing
  • Unoriginal hardware design
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posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:09

3. omnitech (Posts: 982; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

8.2. So same level as the HTC U11.

Oneplus vs HTC fanboys fight!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:18 1

7. NoAllegiance (unregistered)

At least it scored higher than One Plus 2....

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:21 16

8. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1621; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

So let me get this straight. U11 gets 8.2 because of an EXTRA software gimmick is not easy to learn, and yes that was one of the cons. OPO5 a phone with great specs, the smoothest fastest android phone, with great camera, 200-300$ cheaper than most flagships also gets 8.2.

But an iPhone SE gets 8.8 even though when it came out it had LITERALLY the same design, same screen, same battery as a 4 year old iPhone 5 with just new cpu, gpu and better camera.

Can you IMAGINE the s**t OPO or HTC would get if they did that? Just imagine OPO made a new phone with OPO1 design, same screen and just added new cpu, camera etc and priced it 500$. DAMN!


posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:53 3

22. jjface (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Jun 2017)

Camera is mediocre.

It is also no more than $100ish cheaper than most flagships these days. You can get the U11 right now for $599. LG G6 unlocked version on BH photo is $549.

Then there are plenty of deals that give you other flagships for less eg the S8 with a trade in of a $5 phone for $425. Brand new G6s on ebay go for $400 for lots of different versions. Lots of people selling them off from carrier bogo deals or $10 a month deals etc.

The SE is significantly better than the iphone 5. I wish oneplus had done that with the 3T-5. Upgrade the camera, upgrade the processor and battery. A guaranteed win.

posted on 24 Aug 2017, 21:00

67. Ricardonez (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2017)

If oneplus 5 camera is mediocre, iphone 7 has a poor camera.

Search for this video on youtube: OnePlus 5 4K EIS Video Update Test (vs iPhone 7 Plus & Galaxy S8)

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:02 2

24. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What? The camera on the 1+5 is worse than the iPhone 7. Nother beats the S7 or S8's camera at all.

Smooth? At doing what? Nothing?! Liek the iPhone?

The camera has software OIS and it sucks. side by side videos show the camera is worse than the iPhone 7's.

Is it possible to get high off ignorance? Because so many guys here are so high off their own stupidity.

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 00:44 2

51. cnour (Posts: 1647; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

As usual fake news...liar Techie.

posted on 02 Jul 2017, 09:07

60. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Camera is pretty good, I'd take it over the iPhone 7 camera.

But clearly the android flagships are in different league, OnePlus 5 is a good phone but overpriced.

posted on 24 Aug 2017, 20:59

66. Ricardonez (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2017)

Worse than iphone 7 ?? Are you sure??

Search for this video on youtube: OnePlus 5 4K EIS Video Update Test (vs iPhone 7 Plus & Galaxy S8)

Iphone 7 has a mediocre camera for the price.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 20:54

48. rOHAN287 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Very well said.
Phonearena should rethink about their review system. Rating iPhone SE 8.8 which has same 5s design small battery, OK camera and smallest battery. You people are definitely paid or give biased reviews.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:43 1

11. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)

I dont think the OP5 looks or feels like an iPhone aside from the camera. I think that was a stupid decision in OP part. They should draw a line a distance themselves. They need to make a name for their own products outside of China. A slightly different camera bezel and position of the flash would help.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:07 2

16. adecvat (Posts: 355; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Good review.
Cheating in camera, cheating in benchmarks, no waterproof, no OIS.
2016 year phone. Better buy cheaper S7.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:17 4

19. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

So... where did they cheat in the camera department?

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:10 1

40. Lumberjack (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 May 2017)

Optical.zoom is not 2x, just 1.6x

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:17

43. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

True but they never claimed it was 2x optical zoom.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:23

44. Veteater (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Aug 2015)

OnePlus never claimed 2x optical zoom, that's the bull that all the reviewers are claiming the OP5 is capable of due to their own excitement about the camera similarities to the iPhone 7 Plus. The OnePlus 5 has 1.6x pure optical zoom, but is capable of producing 2x of maximum optical zoom by way of Smart capture MultiFrame Technology; look it up. So technically the OnePlus 5 has 2x lossless zoom, not optical.

The benchmark thing is something that while I wouldn't call it cheating, I'd call it wrong and without purpose. Google has warned against this being done by OEMs and OnePlus still chose to do it anyway.

There is no waterproofing on this device because of the savings in manufacturing costs. The OnePlus 5 is already more expensive than an iPhone to manufacture and is the same or similar in manufacturing costs to other devices on the market that sell in the $600 range. So, OnePlus is already operating on thinner profit margins than others; waterproofing the device would make OnePlus have to up the actual release price by enough to where there isn't a distinct difference between its price and other devices' price.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:14 5

18. Lumberjack (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 May 2017)

No QHD for 5.5
Pentile matrix instead of rgb
No micro sd slot
No IP against dust nor water
Photos do not look better than 2015 flagships
No 4K stabilization ( wil be added later)
Ugly design
No stereo speakers

Still got same score of U11?

LMAO !!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:25 3

29. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

In Canada, the U11 is $250 more than the OnePlus 5. It's almost like that extra money buys you some things that the other handset doesn't have.

Do you want to spend the money for the extras, or do you want to save the money and do without?

Options are good.

posted on 29 Jun 2017, 13:52

56. p51d007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

SOFTWARE OIS for the camera, instead of HARDWARE OIS for the camera.
They "settled" again. Software OIS is cheaper than the hardware variety.
Not surprised. Remember the "stereo" speakers of the OnePlus one that was a twin MONO? The "we are just a startup", owned by Oppo and on and on.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:44

20. jeroome86 (Posts: 2202; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Thought I was reading about the One Plus 5. Good grief. What the bleep.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:50 2

21. itsikkan (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2017)

Unbelievable. It got the same score as the HTC U11 a phone a lot better...

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:12 2

27. wesley. (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Hmmm... a quite expensive and already I can get a Samsung Galaxy S8 for a very slight amount more and an LG G6 for significantly less.

Unlikely to get any discount on Oneplus's website either.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:35 3

30. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

Called it. This and the U11 scored 8.2 despite the U11 got a high end camera and one of the best available, superior audio quality, better hardware in general, superb software and fast updates from HTC, and an innovative squeeze feature. I call bulls**t. Please save yourself the trouble and never give scores in your future reviews.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 13:34

33. davthom123 (Posts: 92; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)

if performance is a reason why at least the iPhone 7 gets a nine+ despite note being the highest specced flagship then one plus deserves the same on android

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:11 2

41. DBoss (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 Feb 2017)

Iphones charging time in graph is a biggg middle finger...

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 17:02 1

45. sasch (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Unreal this page is starting to extremely piss me off with them stupid ratings . One plus 5 deserves at least 8.8. if not a 9 alone for what one plus has achieved in the price range and still packing 8 GB ram and 128 GB storage camera isn't perfect but good in my eyes design is great software is the best one out there full stop . Same for the HTC bloody great phone does everything better that the iPhone does so why only an 8.2 seriously pathetic. Apart from the bezel the phone is one of the most complete devices this year . I hope pA chockes on the apple Dik

posted on 02 Jul 2017, 09:03

59. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)

Nope, taking value into account I'd give it no more than a 8.0.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 17:38 1

46. Ferrari458 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)

This year Oneplus 5 (with about 500$ price) IS NOT THE FLAGSHIP-KILLER!
Maybe Xiaomi Mi6 ( same soc, ram, battery and better stabilized camera at 350-400$) could be!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 18:35

47. ithehappy (Posts: 48; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

OK, so this phone gets 8.2 and U11 gets 8.7? Anything else? Sun moves around Planet Earth too.

posted on 01 Jul 2017, 21:45

57. perfectnine (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Mar 2016)

You should be the one revolving around planet earth. The u11 got 8.2 too.

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OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

OS: Android 7.1
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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz, Kryo processor
Size6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
(154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)

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