It’s now a month since OnePlus 5 came to life and while the phone has recently been in the headlines for an issue with the 911 emergency calls, the overall feel and performance of the OnePlus 3T successor is great.
On paper, you’ll agree that the OnePlus 5 is the best phone one can ever dream of. It packs some gigantic specs that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor mated with up to 8GB RAM and a massive 128GB of onboard storage. Still, there’s a base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is still very powerful when compared to a host of other flagship phones around (although the 6GB RAM module is kind of becoming a thing with many OEMs this 2017).
When taken through benchmarks, OnePlus 5 has proved to be a powerhouse. Before the release of the phone, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus was the leading performer, but it has now been dwarfed by the flagship killer thanks to the massive raw power the phone packs.
There’s no doubt that OnePlus 5 is here to compete with Samsung Galaxy S8. While the latter is a definite winner when it comes to the overall design and feel, the former still takes the crown when it comes to snappy performance, but this is not all.
With the amount of time on our hands growing ever smaller, no one wants to wait for hours in the name of charging a phone. As a result, major OEMs have been working on ways to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge a battery unit from 0 to 100%, with the likes of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging, Oppo’s VOOC Flash Charge and many others hitting the market in the recent past.
However, it appears that OnePlus has a point to make with its latest version of Dash Charge fast charging technology. Launched in 2016 with the OnePlus 3, this technology is proving to be the best there is in the market, even better than the much hyped Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging. In fact, the new OnePlus 5 Dash Charge makes Samsung’s fast charging technology look like a serious joke.
In our own in-house tests, we were able to charge the 3300mAh unit on the OnePlus 5 from 0 to 60% in just 30 minutes, but it took about 80 minutes to get it to fully charge. This is amazing, especially when compared to charging the 3000mAh unit on the Samsung Galaxy S8 using the company’s Adaptive Fast Charging technology.
Last month, the Chinese OEM published videos comparing the charging speeds of OnePlus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8 and for sure, it adds more weight to our review. From the videos, the company was able to show that you only need 30 minutes to charge the phone from 0 to 58%. In the same amount of time, Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge was able to take the Galaxy S8 from 0 to a measly 39%.
Things got even more interesting when charging the phones using a car charger. In 30 minutes of charging, OnePlus 5 was able to achieve an impressive 43% of its battery capacity compared to just 12% on Samsung Galaxy S8. This should tell you exactly how good Dash Charge is compared to Samsung’s proprietary fast charging technology.
If you are worried about overheating, OnePlus says this Dash Charge takes care of this problem by increasing the amps and not the voltage, something that not only results in fast charging times, but also reduces the amount of heat generated when charging the phone.