OnePlus 5: Full, in-depth review

A value-driven flagship with few trade-offs

OnePlus OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus OnePlus 5
  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Outstanding battery life

Cons

  • Flavorless design with no IP-rating
  • Pretty ordinary display

Bottom Line

If all you care about is getting the best performance for the best price, then the OnePlus 5 is a hard bargain to pass up.

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Battery Life

Emerging as another strong-point for the device, we found the OnePlus 5 delivered some of the best battery life we’ve seen in a flagship smartphone this year.

The usual caveats apply but even with regular mixed use (emails, Facebook, Twitter and plenty of video content) it easily made it through to 14-16 hours of use on a single charge. Often-times, we’d make it through the day without it even dipping below 20%. This aspect of the phone is further augmented by Dash Charge support, which can top up the device from nil to 50-60% in about half an hour.

Credit: OnePlus

The Bottom Line

The OnePlus 5 absolutely delivers on the brand’s promise of deliver flagship-level aesthetics and performance at a discounted price but doesn’t do a whole lot to endear itself beyond the cold hard math that entails. There’s not a lot of innovation here, just a phone that gets the job done.

Fortunately, if all you care about is getting the best performance for the best price, the OnePlus 5 is going to be a hard bargain to pass up.

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