OnePlus launched in 2013, so it hasn’t been around or making phones for anywhere near as long as some rival companies, and as it usually only launches a few smartphones each year it hasn’t made a huge number.
Yet from day one its phones were well-rated, and that, coupled with the fact that this Chinese company quickly pursued a global presence, means it’s a very well-known and well-liked brand.
Why choose a OnePlus 5G phone?
OnePlus made a name for itself by creating ‘flagship killers’ – phones that have high or even top-end specs, sometimes offering more power than the most expensive of rivals, yet carry relatively low price tags.
While those prices have gone up over the years, and the company’s true flagships can no longer be considered super affordable, they’re still cheaper than similar spec phones from the likes of Samsung and Apple.
And that holds true for OnePlus’s 5G phones, which are high-end in every sense, as well as offering 5G, yet undercut the majority of 5G rivals.
So OnePlus is a great choice for a 5G phone if you want excellent value with little in the way of compromise when it comes to specs. The company was also one of the first to launch a 5G handset, despite only launching a few models each year, so you can tell it takes 5G seriously.
The relatively affordable nature of OnePlus phones also means that not only are they often available for reasonable monthly prices on contract, you can also buy them at a good price outright, then go SIM Only.
Opt for a plan with lots of data for tethering and they also make for an affordable alternative to 5G broadband. But before buying any 5G device it’s worth checking your 5G coverage – they’ll work even if you don’t have any, but you won’t be getting 5G speeds.
Notable OnePlus 5G phones
The OnePlus 8 Pro is a true 5G flagship, offering a 6.78-inch 1440 x 3168 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, loads of power, a quad-lens camera, and all the tech you’d expect from one of the best phones of 2020.
Then there’s the OnePlus 8T – a slightly lower end and slightly more affordable option, that still ultimately sits at the high-end of the market.
Or if you’re on a budget, consider the OnePlus Nord or the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which are among the cheapest 5G phones you can buy, but still have excellent features like 90Hz screens and quad-lens cameras.