When the OnePlus 5T first leaked it was rumoured the new 18:9 display would be complemented by a much bigger battery. Those rumblings didn’t come to pass though, and the 5T ships with the same 3300mAh cell as its predecessor.
A huge battery like the ones used in both the Huawei Mate 10 and HTC U11+ would of been great, but the OnePlus 5T is still impressive when it comes to endurance. Even though the screen is larger, I have been getting similar battery performance to the OnePlus 5.
I can comfortably get through the day with mixed-to-heavy use, and normally I have about 10-15% spare come bedtime. An hour of SD Netflix streaming eats up 8-9%, and it’s about half that for music streaming with the screen off.
When the phone does run out of battery, there’s Dash Charge to quickly juice it back up again. Dash Charge is easily the most efficient fast charge solution out there and it’ll get your phone back to 100% in barely over an hour. It also doesn’t heat the phone up too much and won’t slow-down charging when you’re playing games. The only downside is you’re restricted to using the bundled plug and cable if you want these speeds and things will drastically slow down if you use a different set.
Why buy the OnePlus 5T?
If you’ve recently picked up a OnePlus 5, there isn’t much to entice you to upgrade. The screen is nicer, but everything else is the same or very similar. I really think this update could have waited until next year when there was more to update, but here we are.
Quick release cycle aside, the OnePlus 5T is a fantastic phone for the price. It’s display is gorgeous, software slick and camera reliable. It’s also supremely fast and the performance can easily be compared to phones that cost hundreds of pounds more.