OnePlus 5: The headlines
Last year’s OnePlus 3T might have felt as premature as Christmas decorations in August, but the OnePlus 5 is a sequel we can all get behind - The Force Awakens instead of The Phantom Menace. OK, so the price has pushed up even further, from a still wallet-friendly ₹29,999 to a more wince-inducing ₹32,999 (or ₹37,999 if you want 128GB of storage), but that also buys you a significantly better camera, incredible performance and a much-improved design.
The matte all-metal finish, rounded edges and streamlined sides help it sit amongst the rest of this group and not look remotely cheap, even if LG and Samsung’s switch to slim-bezel, odd-aspect-ratio screens set them apart in a league of their own.
The Snapdragon 835 CPU inside has never felt snappier, thanks to a whopping 6GB/8GB of RAM and a pared-down version of Android, and while the battery might have shrunk a little, the more energy-efficient chip means fantastic battery life. Let’s not forget Dash Charge, either - you really can get a whole day’s juice in 30 minutes.
Most of your extra cash has gone towards those dual cameras, though. They really are a big improvement over the OnePlus 3T’s simple shooter, letting the 5 match much more expensive phones for picture quality. The extensive manual mode will keep serious snappers happy, too.
No, the 5 doesn’t carry the same ultra-bargain status of its predecessors, but it’s still at least ₹15,000 less than the rivals we’ve featured here. Spend that extra cash and you’ll get a funky, bezel-busting screen or slightly better camera - but to be honest, we’d rather keep the cash and stick with this slice of smartphone excellence instead.