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 between one and three smartphones each year it hasn’t made a huge number.
Yet from day one its phone 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 7 Pro 5G was the company’s first 5G phone and it was a great choice for that, as it was (along with the 4G version) the first ‘Pro’ handset from the brand, a moniker which marks it out as a true flagship in every sense, where previous devices had made a few compromises to keep prices low.
So there was no better fit for a cutting-edge feature like 5G, especially as it arrived before there even were many 5G networks.
5G aside, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G had a curved screen with a silky-smooth 90Hz refresh rate, top-tier power and a triple-lens camera, along with a price tag that was still a little lower than many other 5G flagships.