The OnePlus 5 is, undoubtedly, the best phone you can buy right now for less than £500.
Blazing performance, premium design, great battery life, largely vanilla Android 7.1.
The camera can be hit and miss, Full HD display, it looks like an iPhone rip-off.
Performance and storage
Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor sits under the hood of the OnePlus 5, alongside an Adreno 540 GPU and a hefty 8GB RAM (or 6GB in the 64GB model). These souped-up internals aren't just for show, as the OnePlus 5 is one of the fastest smartphones we've tested this year and effortlessly handled any task we threw at it.
The smartphone's UFS 2.1 storage is just as zippy, which helps when loading games. The model we're testing packs 128GB storage, which should be enough for most, even when the handset's lack of microSD slot is considered.
Antutu benchmark scores came in at a 173,323, beating out the more expensive Sony Xperia XZ Premium and corroborating our experience. Meanwhile, a Geekbench score of 6269 firmly cements the HTC U11 as one of the most powerful phones around.
However, we'll advise not to pay too much attention to these aforementioned figures given that XDA-Developers last month accused the smartphone maker of "inappropriately manipulating benchmark scores".
The software on the OnePlus 5 feels a lot like vanilla Android 7.1 Nougat, with the firm's custom OxygenOS adding just a handful of subtle tweaks and improvement.
OxygenOS has the same swipe-to-open app drawer as Google's flagship Pixel smartphone, along with the same notification tray and same Settings screen. There's no bloatware either, with OnePlus adding only its own Gallery app and OnePlus community portal to the device.
It has added a feature called Shelf, though, which first debuted back on the OnePlus 2 and is a welcome addition that helps to keep your home screens looking clean and uncluttered. Shelf, accessible by swiping right, keeps all your widgets, recently used apps and other important deets - such as your available storage - in one manageable screen. It's a decent addition, and we found ourselves using it more than Samsung's Bixby Home alternative.
OnePlus has also equipped its latest flagship with a tweaked version of Night Mode that now, much like the Night Shift feature found in iOS, kicks in automatically, and lessens the amount of blue light emitted by the display. There's a dedicated Reading Mode on the OnePlus 5 too, that switches the screen to grayscale.
Next: Cameras, battery life and conclusion