Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

The iPhone 8 Plus has arrived with a bang, aiming for a spot on the winning podium. A ton of competition from the Android realm is also vying for a place there, with one of the best bang-for-buck competitors being the OnePlus 5, a rather affordable handset that's boasting some serious hardware muscle inside as well.

Which one is a better fit for your empty pocket? We are set on a course to find out!

Design


The leitmotif here is glass versus metal. Apple is going back to its roots by fully employing a full glass back on the iPhone 8 Plus and a series 7000 aluminum frame, which feels quite premium to the hand. Water-resistance is also here to stay, which is a big plus.

Meanwhile, the full-metal OnePlus 5 is premium in its own way, with clean lines and classic design. It's subjective which one would feel better in your hand, but there's no denying that the glass back of the iPhone adds up to the overall grip, whereas the OnePlus 5 could be quite slippery in certain scenarios and the rather thin side frame is definitely not very helpful. However, the OnePlus 5 is much easier to handle and use due to the smaller dimensions, especially with the way heavier iPhone 8 Plus.

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Front view | Side view
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches
158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
7.13 oz (202 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

OnePlus 5
OnePlus 5
6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 5


Display


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

Having Apple's most advanced LCD display on board, it's no wonder the iPhone 8 Plus pretty much shines when it comes to overall color accuracy and presentation. The 5.5-inch Full HD display at the front is crisp enough and has excellent contrast reproduction for an LCD display. It's an HDR-enabled, wide-color display and supports True Tone, meaning it adapts to the environmental lighting.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 packs a similar 5.5-inch Full HD display on its own as well, but the big difference here is that it's an AMOLED one. It is also fully compliant with the DCI-P3 wide-color gamut. Thus, it can boast some excellent contrast and punchy colors, but overall, it falls short of the iPhone 8 Plus as far as overall color accuracy is concerned.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 567
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1478
(Excellent)
7105
(Good)
2.2
3.38
(Good)
3.39
(Good)
OnePlus 5 435
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8014
(Poor)
2.13
6.63
(Average)
6.29
(Average)
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The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

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Interface and functionality


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

With the iPhone 8 Plus rocking the latest version of iOS and the OnePlus 5 rocking a rather stock build of Android 7.1 Nougat, the user experience is as good as it gets. With the core difference between iOS and Android ecosystems aside, each _phone_ has its own set of particular software skills that make it a viable alternative depending on your own needs.

iOS is definitely better-looking than the somewhat bland and utilitarian interface of the OnePlus 5. Still, the latter is more open to user customization and could easily transform into a beautiful swan if you try hard enough.

iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus

The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

The iPhone 8 Plus has arrived with a bang, aiming for a spot on the winning podium. A ton of competition from the Android realm is also vying for a place there, with one of the best bang-for-buck competitors being the OnePlus 5, a rather affordable handset that's boasting some serious hardware muscle inside as well.

Which one is a better fit for your empty pocket? We are set on a course to find out!

Design


The leitmotif here is glass versus metal. Apple is going back to its roots by fully employing a full glass back on the iPhone 8 Plus and a series 7000 aluminum frame, which feels quite premium to the hand. Water-resistance is also here to stay, which is a big plus.

Meanwhile, the full-metal OnePlus 5 is premium in its own way, with clean lines and classic design. It's subjective which one would feel better in your hand, but there's no denying that the glass back of the iPhone adds up to the overall grip, whereas the OnePlus 5 could be quite slippery in certain scenarios and the rather thin side frame is definitely not very helpful. However, the OnePlus 5 is much easier to handle and use due to the smaller dimensions, especially with the way heavier iPhone 8 Plus.

Front view | Side view
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
6.24 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches
158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
7.13 oz (202 g)

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

OnePlus 5
OnePlus 5
6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 5


Display


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

Having Apple's most advanced LCD display on board, it's no wonder the iPhone 8 Plus pretty much shines when it comes to overall color accuracy and presentation. The 5.5-inch Full HD display at the front is crisp enough and has excellent contrast reproduction for an LCD display. It's an HDR-enabled, wide-color display and supports True Tone, meaning it adapts to the environmental lighting.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 packs a similar 5.5-inch Full HD display on its own as well, but the big difference here is that it's an AMOLED one. It is also fully compliant with the DCI-P3 wide-color gamut. Thus, it can boast some excellent contrast and punchy colors, but overall, it falls short of the iPhone 8 Plus as far as overall color accuracy is concerned.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 567
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1478
(Excellent)
7105
(Good)
2.2
3.38
(Good)
3.39
(Good)
OnePlus 5 435
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8014
(Poor)
2.13
6.63
(Average)
6.29
(Average)
View all

The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.

These measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.

View all


Interface and functionality


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

With the iPhone 8 Plus rocking the latest version of iOS and the OnePlus 5 rocking a rather stock build of Android 7.1 Nougat, the user experience is as good as it gets. With the core difference between iOS and Android ecosystems aside, each _phone_ has its own set of particular software skills that make it a viable alternative depending on your own needs.

iOS is definitely better-looking than the somewhat bland and utilitarian interface of the OnePlus 5. Still, the latter is more open to user customization and could easily transform into a beautiful swan if you try hard enough.

iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

iOS 11 on the iPhone 8 Plus

The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS - Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 features a clean Android interface that the company calls OxygenOS

Processor and memory


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

When it comes to overall performance, you are unlikely to notice any significant difference between the iPhone 8 Plus and the OnePlus 5 in your regular day-to-day activities. Sufficiently fast and able to crunch just about anything you might throw at them, neither phone will disappoint as far as performance goes.

As far as raw numbers go, the A11 Bionic chipset inside the iPhone 8 Plus crushes the Snapdragon 835 on the OnePlus 5, surpassing it in any synthetic benchmark you can possibly think of. But in real-life, this significant contrast probably won't make much of a difference, other than future-proofing Apple's handset.

As far as storage goes, either device will likely be sufficient for you. The OnePlus 5 is available in 64 and 128GB versions, while the iPhone can be had in 64 or 256GB of storage.

Performance benchmarks

AnTuTu
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 220618
OnePlus 5 178968
JetStream
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 224.62
OnePlus 5 69.780
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 59.7
OnePlus 5 60
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 59.3
OnePlus 5 40
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 4103
OnePlus 5 3500
Geekbench 4 single-core
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 4243
OnePlus 5 1941
Geekbench 4 multi-core
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10330
OnePlus 5 6678
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Internet and connectivity


When it comes to web browsing, either phone allows you to choose a browser of your choice and stick with it. OnePlus hasn't supplied its own web browser on the OnePlus 5 and is relying on Google's Chrome instead – a move that we commend. Meanwhile on the iPhone 8 Plus, you get the good ol' Safari browser that does what it's supposed to in an impeccable manner, resulting in an A-class browsing experience.

In terms of connectivity, you will have no issues using your unlocked iPhone on any US network, but the OnePlus 5 doesn't work with Verizon or Sprint. As some sort of consolation, you can throw in two SIM cards in that one.

Camera


Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

Just like the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus relies on a dual-camera system comprising a regular 12MP f/1.8 snapper joined by a 12MP f/2.8 telephoto camera. With a larger sensor, wide-color capture, an improved ISP, and dual OIS, the iPhone 8 Plus shapes up to be a strong contender.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 5 follows a similar mantra – it packs a regular 16MP f/1.7 and a 1.6x 20MP f/2.6 telephoto camera at the rear. Thanks to this, it can rival the iPhone's Portrait Mode.

Image quality


Both stand their ground, with the iPhone 8 Plus shining in certain cases and the OnePlus 5 outmatching it in others. While the iPhone captures photos with a superior dynamic range and more vibrant colors, the OnePlus 5 one-ups it with better sharpness and slightly better low-light image performance thanks to the wider aperture. However, the OnePlus 5 tends to sometimes wax out HDR images which makes them look artificial and unappealing, but those are isolated cases.

As far as portraits go, the iPhone 8 Plus tends to isolate the person from the background better while the OnePlus 5 tends to add way more blur into the scene, and it's quite often a bit overdone.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 0.95
1.58
No data
No data
OnePlus 5 1.1
1.5
682
682
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Video quality


The iPhone has the upper hand here – it simply captures more detailed videos that also boast more vibrant colors. It also shoots 4K video at 60fps whereas the OnePlus has to cope with 30fps. However, the OnePlus records crisper sound in videos while the iPhone sounds a bit muffled. Autofocus is quite fast and reliable on both.




Multimedia


The stereo speakers on the iPhone 8 Plus and the wide-color, HDR-capable display make it a pretty neat device when media consumption is concerned. The OnePlus 5 can only match the wide-color reproduction, but it would have been nice if it could also offer stereo speakers.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 0.995
OnePlus 5 0.96
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 76.4
OnePlus 5 77
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Call quality


Yes, people still talk on their phones, and in this regard either the iPhone 8 Plus or the OnePlus 5 will perform rather nicely. Eitherthe iPhone 8 Plus and the OnePlus 5 offer excellent call quality – voices sounds crisp, clear, and natural on both ends of the line, no matter which phone you pick.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs OnePlus 5

Battery life


While both devices will easily last you a day of regular and probably heavier usage, the iPhone 8 Plus will likely get you a bit further down the road. Clocking in at 10 hours and 35 minutes in our custom battery test, it aces past the OnePlus 5's 9 hours and 18 minutes of battery endurance.

As far as topping up is concerned, both devices support fast charging, with the iPhone 8 Plus even compliant with the Qi wireless charging standard. While we are yet to test out how quick that one is, a regular charger will fully juice up your iPhone 8 Plus in 178 minutes. Meanwhile, the Dash Charger accessory will juice up an OnePlus 5 to 100% in 99 minutes, but using a run-of-the-mill charger will yield slower results.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
OnePlus 5 99
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Conclusion


While both the iPhone 8 Plus and the OnePlus 5 have their pros and cons, probably the biggest deciding factor for the regular user will be price of admission attached to either handset. Sure, you will have to pay a premium to get into the Apple club, but it could very well be worth it - you get a device that's been perfected and polished for over three years, runs the excellent iOS, and will allow you to benefit from excellent support down the road. That said, the OnePlus 5 is not a bad phone either: just like any other device, it has certain drawbacks, but for the price it flaunts, it's quite an appealing, albeit a bit unpolished offering. At the end of the day, you will get what you pay for.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Pros

  • Excellent performance
  • Better battery life
  • Water-resistant
  • More refined experience

OnePlus 5

Pros

  • Easier to handle
  • Great value for money
  • Fast charger in the box
  • Easier to customize