Other than the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, OnePlus 5 is one of the most anticipated smartphones that are to be released this summer.
The phone will be the natural successor to last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T, two phones that made waves in the smartphone world thanks to their massive hardware specs, premium design, yet priced in the same range as midrange models. Up to now, we know that OnePlus 5 will be here this summer, but the exact release date is still unclear.
As the release of the phone draws closer, we’ve been seeing lots of leaks, rumors, and speculations regarding the design, specs and features. If anything, we know that OnePlus 5 will be packed with some of the best hardware out there, among them a Snapdragon 835 SoC and at least 6GB of RAM. We’ve heard talks of the possibility of having an 8GB RAM variant, but this hasn’t received any major backing in the series of leaks flooding the market.
In short, OnePlus 5 will ship with the same hardware specs as the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it appears that the former will be faster in terms of performance. In fact, this same report adds that the OnePlus 3 successor will still be ahead of most people’s favorite Android phone, the Google Pixel XL.
It’s a bit unfair to put the Pixel phone against new phones such as the Galaxy S8 and the soon-to-be-released OnePlus 5, but given that the Pixel 2 is not expected until Q4 2016, comparisons between the current model and incoming handsets are inevitable. From what it appears, OnePlus 5 will pick up from where last year’s OnePlus 3T left off and become the fastest Android phone in terms of performance benchmarks.
When put in a head-to-head test with respect to the speed at which each of the three phones opens apps, the upcoming OnePlus 5 was much ahead of the Galaxy S8 and Pixel XL. Whether you are launching a graphic-intensive app such as Modern Combat 5 or Real Racing 3; be it opening regular apps such as Facebook, Gmail, Snapchat, Google Maps and so on, the OnePlus 5 came out on top.
For now, we don’t know if the OnePlus 5 model used in this test had 6GB RAM or maybe the rumored 8GB RAM, however, benchmarks are far from what devices actually give you in real world usage. In short, you might be surprised when it comes to actual usage, where the Galaxy S8 or Pixel XL might outshine the OnePlus 5.