How the OnePlus 5 remains the most powerful Android smartphone around
We said the OnePlus 5 channelled Michael Schumacher in our review and that holds true even today four months after its launch. That might not seem like a huge amount of time but you must put it in context with the current smartphone market. With advances raining down at an alarming rate, life as a flagship Android phone is hard.

OnePlus 5 has managed to remain the fastest phone in its price segment, part of the magic comes from the hardware, the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that beats at the heart of the phone comes with four 2.4Ghz and four 1.9Ghz cores. That is fast enough for any task you want to accomplish on the OnePlus 5, combined with the Adreno 540 GPU, it also has enough in the tank to power through a demanding gaming session. It remains one of the few smartphones with 8GB RAM, in fact it is the only Snapdragon 835 powered phone that has so much RAM; not even the new Google Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have so much firepower.

The 5.5-inch AMOLED screen on the front is a 1080p behemoth supporting a DCI-P3 colour gamut ensuring everything you see on the phone is bright and vivid. OnePlus has also optimised the touch input of the phone ensuring the best possible experience for the user

Hardware is just one piece of the puzzle, however, Oxygen OS which is the company's in-house UI is as close to stock Android as possible, think of it as stock Android plus that comes with a host of tweaks and optimisations which make the user experience buttery smooth. It also has a lot of thought put into it, like the Reading Mode. Think of it as a visual filter that imitates physical books and E-readers, it matches the screen's colour temperature to the ambient light of your surroundings with a grayscale colour scheme, this is perfect for long reading sessions, in case you don't have your e-book reader handy, just fire up the Kindle app and you are good to go. There is a Do Not Disturb mode tuned specifically for gaming or a secure box to store your personal files and documents. This is all under the surface, however, if you won't don't want to any of the features, you can opt to settle back for a fast and fluid stock Android experience.

The battery optimisations that the company has made also deserve praise, the 3300mAh ticker lasts surprisingly long and has been paired with the company's proprietary fast charging technology allowing a user to get a full charge within 90 minutes.

These days it's not enough to just provide great hardware and software, the post-launch support must be top notch as well. The company has proven to be no slouch in this department too, with updates to the OS and several features coming regularly after launch. These have so far fixed many issues that the users have been reporting over on the OnePlus forums, app installation issues, better Bluetooth connectivity, network and system stability, Wi-Fi improvements, OS improvements and so on. These are just some of things that OnePlus has managed to roll out in a short amount of time after launch and these are excluding the constant security updates from Google, that have also been incorporated promptly.

OnePlus is striving to make its flagship the flag-bearer for third-party Android phones and with a constant dialogue with consumers and an open mind, OnePlus is already on top.