The smartphone market is one of the most extensive in the world at this moment. Most people in the world own a smartphone right now, and there are a lot of makes, models and variants to choose from. In the beginning, most of the industry was monopolized by Apple and Samsung, but things changed nowadays. There are a lot of power players on today’s market constantly pushing out new and reliable products. Some of them ever offer premium products at more affordable prices, which is amazing.
Two of these companies are OnePlus and HTC. OnePlus is certainly the newer name in this game, but OnePlus is also a name to be reckoned with. Recently HTC put out the HTC U11, while OnePlus released the much anticipated OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 is one of the most widely discussed smartphones of the year, and it surely didn’t disappoint upon launch. But the HTC U11 is a worthy contender as well, even though its launch hasn’t been so talked about. Today we will compare the two devices and decide if one is better than the other.
Battery life is a main concern that users have about their smartphones nowadays. When you expect a small device to do as much as a laptop, the processes you put it through are sure to take their toll on the device’s battery. In terms of capacity, the OnePlus 5 has a slightly bigger and more potent 3,300 mAH battery compared to the HTC U11’s 3,000 mAh one. This is also reflected in the actual battery life of the two devices. When put to the test, the OnePlus 5 managed to outperform the HTC U11 by ten hours, an impressive difference.
At this point it has to be noted that these stats were achieved when the phones were left idle. Thus, the OnePlus 5 lasted 83 hours in total (3 days and 11 hours), while the HTC U11 managed to last for only 3 days and a little bit. The OnePlus 5 severely outperforms the HTC U11 in terms of battery when used intensely as well, which is the more relevant experiment when seeing that we rarely let a day go by without using our phone. Let’s face it, we’re always on our phones, it helps us get through the day and also get things done.
The OnePlus 5 is also quicker to charge, which means that you will be able to replenish its drained battery a lot faster and return to your daily activities in no time. All in all, the OnePlus 5 has the better battery of the two, which will be a considerable difference when you read what we have to say next.
The basic OnePlus 5 with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage retails for only 479 dollars, while the HTC U11 with its 4GB variant goes for 649 dollars, which is over 100 dollars more. When taking into account that the OnePlus 5 is also the more reliable and better-performing phone in this lineup, its considerably smaller price tag goes to show that you can get good devices for an acceptable price mark.
Surely not everyone will think that 479 dollars is an affordable price point, and the truth is that it’s not when taken out of context. But when considering the OnePlus 5’s specs, hardware and, most importantly, battery capacity and life, it’s easy to see that this price point is more than reasonable. The OnePlus 5 is a sturdy, reliable and high-end device that certainly sells for cheaper than most of its rivals on the market. And that’s its biggest plus.