OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 houses a dual primary camera: a 16 MP Sony IMX 398 sensor with a 20 MP telephoto lens. OnePlus

The OnePlus 5 is currently making waves thanks to its optimum specs and an impressive battery. The iPhone lookalike is a massive improvement compared to its predecessor in all aspects. The HTC U11, meanwhile, marks a new chapter for its Taiwan-based maker with its contemporary design and enhanced audio. But can it beat the Chinese “flagship killer” handset in a battery-draining contest?

OnePlus 5 - Battery specs and features

The new OnePlus flagship is driven by a 3,300 mAh non-removable lithium polymer battery. That cell power is a marginal downgrade from the 3T, which has 3,400 mAh battery. The new 5.5-inch device, however, has almost the same staying power as its predecessor, thanks to an all-new and more efficient chipset.

As GSMArena notes, the 5 provides about 20 hours of 3G talk time and close to 11 hours of web browsing. The handset also has the Dash fast charging functionality, which provides up to 56 percent battery power in just 30 minutes of plug time. The feature won’t work with any third party accessory, though, so the bundled charger and cable should be utilised.

The HTC U11 is available in four colour options: black, red, silver and blue. HTC

HTC U11 - Battery specs and features

The likewise 5.5-inch U11 houses a non-removable lithium ion battery that packs in less cell muscle than the OnePlus phone at 3,000 mAh. It actually has the same battery capacity as its 5.2-inch predecessor, the HTC 10. The unit can last up to two weeks of standby time and delivers up to 24 hours and 30 minutes of 3G phone calls.

HTC’s latest flagship also boasts of rapid-fire charging capabilities thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. Users should be able to boost battery life up to 52 percent in just 30 minutes of charging. The handset should withstand a day’s worth of usage, although heavy users are advised to bring along a powerbank if things get too immersive.

OnePlus 5 vs HTC U11 – Battery performance test

When both flagships underwent battery-draining, native video playback tests by YouTuber Jerome Ortega, the new OnePlus handset came out on top. The two devices had been factory reset, were switched to airplane modes and were on full display brightness before the playback commenced.

After enduring three “Terminator” movies, the OnePlus 5 still had a very impressive 68 percent of battery muscle. The U11, on the other hand, only had 16 percent of cell life left. The disparity is staggering considering both devices have the same display sizes – albeit varying resolutions and panel types – and only a 300 mAh difference between the two.


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