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OnePlus One Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/09/2015

Globetrotter. OnePlus offers a great smartphone with a fantastic performance-price ratio in its firstling. A fast SoC, a high-resolution screen, plenty of storage, and high-speed LTE speak for themselves. However, the manufacturer did not manage to fulfill all the expectations that the technical specifications promise.

For the original German review, see here.

The OnePlus One has finally arrived, and we want to put the self-declared Flagship Killer through its paces. The technical specs are impressive: A Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of working memory, LTE, a maximum storage of 64 GB, a generously sized battery, and a large Full HD screen adorn the review sample. All this is available for just 299 Euros (~$322).

In view of the price, mid-range smartphones like the Lumia 830 or the Desire 820 should be used for comparison, but their configuration is clearly inferior to that of the OnePlus One. Premium smartphones from the competition would be more suitable owing to the similar specification lists. Among them: Samsung's Galaxy S5HTC's One M8Sony's Xperia Z3LG's G3Nokia's Lumia 930 and Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

Case

LG's G3 (left) is slimmer despite the same screen size.
LG's G3 (left) is slimmer despite the same screen size.
The SIM slot is not easy to find right away.
The SIM slot is not easy to find right away.

The OnePlus One is available in Silk White and Sandstone Black. In fact, the latter has a roughened surface that feels like sandstone, providing a very good grip. The smartphone's rounded back cover makes it pleasant to hold. Its weight of 164 grams (~5.8 oz) is in the midfield. The smaller Moto X (145 g; ~5.1 oz) and the Galaxy S5 (145 g; ~5.1 oz) are lighter. Both the iPhone 6 Plus (172 g; ~6.1 oz) and the LG G3 (149 g; ~5.3 oz) have the same screen size. The former is slightly heavier, and LG's device is lighter and slimmer.

The review sample proved to be tremendously stiff, and could barely be warped. It did not produce any noise during the attempts. It also resisted pressure at the display's edges. We could only see a light wave formation in the screen's lower edge. This became more visible when firm pressure was applied to the back. The gaps of OnePlus One are even and do not give any reason for complaint. 

The battery in the device is non-removable, and is not intended for the user to replace. However, there are plenty of instructions for this on the Internet because it is relatively simple to access the battery. The SIM slot closes flush with the rest of the casing and is not easy to find right away. The slot accepts micro SIM cards, but an adapter for nano SIMs is also included in the smartphone's accessories.

Connectivity

The micro USB 2.0 port of the OnePlus One is used for both charging the device and for sharing data with a computer. It also supports OTG, which makes it possible to connect external input devices or storage devices to the smartphone.

Users who would like to display pictures on an external device will need a Miracast receiver because the device does not support either MHL or DLNA. A micro SD slot for expanding the storage is not available. Thus, buyers who opt for the 16 GB model will be confronted with storage issues in the long run.

Upper edge: microphone, audio
Upper edge: microphone, audio
Left: volume rocker, SIM slot
Left: volume rocker, SIM slot
Lower edge: speaker, microphone, USB, speaker
Lower edge: speaker, microphone, USB, speaker
Right: power
Right: power

Software

OnePlus uses the CyanogenMod 11S operating system that is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). An update to version 12 has been announced for March. Since the developers of CyanogenMod and OnePlus have had disagreements, it will also be the last update. This year the manufacturer is planning to switch to a proprietary operating system, Oxygen OS, which is expected to be based on Android 5.

CyanogenMod 11S varies from version 11 that is available for download. The most obvious difference is the preloaded Google apps, making it possible to directly access the Play Store and other services. In addition, the camera app and music equalizer have been modified. There are various designs to choose from, and more can be purchased seperately. Furthermore, it has gesture control and can be awakened from standby by double tapping.

An update was made available right after initial use.
Gesture control
Designs
Equalizer
Home screen
Preloaded Google apps
App drawer

Communication & GPS 

The OnePlus One relies on modern communication standards and supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. Consequently, it transmits in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequencies. The range is also decent. We still had a good signal quality even 15 meters (~50 ft) away from the AccessPoint (Devolo dLAN 1200+ Wi-Fi) and through two walls. Internet browsing was possible without noticeable lags.

The smartphone can connect to mobile Internet via HSPA+ (max. 42 Mbps) or LTE Cat. 4 (max. 150 Mbps). Both alternatives offer very wide frequency coverage. Our global model also supports a TDD-LTE frequency so that it should be possible to enjoy high-speed Internet almost everywhere in the world provided that the corresponding network is available. However, we missed the 800 MHz band that is frequently used in Central Europe.

GPS-Test: indoors
GPS-Test: indoors
GPS-Test: outdoors
GPS-Test: outdoors

GPS and GLONASS are available for localization, and  is relatively fast indoors. It is even slightly faster outdoors; reception is good. The OnePlus One does not have to shy away from a comparison with the Garmin Edge 500 bike computer. Although it had more problems than the navigation system on tight paths, the smartphone was impressive in the woods.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One

Telephone & Voice Quality

The OnePlus One has a total of three microphones to achieve a good voice quality. Both call parties were well understood. Background noise is decently suppressed, although it remains audible when it is very loud. The speaker is also suitable for making calls; we heard the caller very clearly. However, when the smartphone was placed on a table half a meter (~1.5 ft) away, the voice of the OnePlus One user echoed very audibly but could still be understood very well.

Picture w/ front-facing camera
Picture w/ front-facing camera

Cameras

The OnePlus One has a 5 MP front-facing camera (max. 2592x1944 pixels), which takes decent pictures as long as the light conditions are good. The image quality decreases greatly when it gets darker. However, the lens is suitable for selfies and video-chats.

The primary camera from Sony achieves up to 13.1 MP, is supported by a dual-LED flash and has extensive setting options. The daylight image quality is excellent. Colors look natural, and the focus is decent, although it decreases slightly at the edges. The smartphone also tends to overexpose slightly. The primary camera's quality also decreases in low-light situations. Although the noise is suppressed quite well, dark details are displayed as black spots.

Videos can be recorded in Ultra HD. The image quality also makes a good impression. Users who prefer to record in Full HD, can do so with 60 fps, which is suitable for both HFR and smooth slow-motion shots. A time-lapse feature is also available.

Primary camera settings
Primary camera settings
Primary camera settings
Primary camera settings
Front-facing camera settings

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the zoom step. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Accessories

The OnePlus One comes with a modular power supply and the corresponding data cable. Screen protectors, covers, data cables, and headsets can be ordered separately from the Online Shop.

Warranty

The product is shipped directly from China, but OnePlus includes a one-year warranty on its smartphone anyway. EU-based customers receive two years. The company promises an uncomplicated processing in cases of damage.

Unlike the default version, CyanogenMod 11S is not rooted. However, users can unlock their OnePlus One if they want to - but at their own risk. The manufacturer is not liable for damages to the smartphone in such cases. A successfully rooted One is not excluded from the warranty.

Input Devices & Controls

The OnePlus One has a capacitive touchscreen that can detect up to ten fingers simultaneously. The input surface is sleek, and responds very quickly and accurately to gestures. Although the gesture controls are not exceptionally vast, it is a useful input extension that can be used in standby mode. For example, it is possible to play music without reactivating the phone. In addition, the rear-sided, dual-LED can be used as a flashlight or the camera app can be opened directly (see video).

The standard Android layout is used for the virtual keyboard. It is possible to download and install other variants from the Play Store if preferred. Google's well-known voice control is also available in the One.

OnePlus leaves the choice of Android controls up to the user. They can use either the capacitive buttons under the screen or the input elements directly on the screen. The background light and the duration can be customized for the former.

Portrait mode
Portrait mode
Landscape mode
Landscape mode

Display

The screen in OnePlus' One is razor-sharp
The screen in OnePlus' One is razor-sharp

The OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. This equates to an aspect ratio of 16:9 and pixel density of approximately 401 ppi. It is razor-sharp, and single pixels are not visible to the naked eye. Only LG's G3 achieves a higher pixel density in the comparison field (534 ppi).

The One is also impressive with its brightness of 437 cd/m². Although some models have a higher brightness, this is still a good rate. The brightness distribution could have been more homogeneous and is on a rather average level. We did not discover the frequently mentioned yellow spots at the screen's edge.

437
cd/m²
422
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
437
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
364
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 437 cd/m² Average: 407.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 423 cd/m²
Contrast: 783:1 (Black: 0.54 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.56 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 7.55 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.33
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
18%
-16%
-33%
8%
Brightness
408
496
22%
395
-3%
278
-32%
364
-11%
Brightness Distribution
83
90
8%
89
7%
89
7%
82
-1%
Black Level *
0.54
0.62
-15%
0.96
-78%
Contrast
783
837
7%
434
-45%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.56
3.67
34%
5.67
-2%
10.99
-98%
5.28
5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.55
3.78
50%
5.66
25%
8.29
-10%
4.65
38%
Gamma
2.33 103%
2.42 99%
2.53 95%
2.16 111%
2.48 97%
CCT
7624 85%
7327 89%
7741 84%
6731 97%
7690 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59

* ... smaller is better

With 0.54 cd/m², the black level of OnePlus' one is at a decent level. Competitors like the Xperia Z3 (0.72 cd/m²; 975:1) or the LG G3 (0.96 cd/m²; 434:1) are not as good. The review sample's resulting contrast is good, but not outstanding. Rivals with OLED screen have a clear advantage because their black is really deep black.

The screen's color reproduction is quite good, but the OnePlus One has slipped up in the grayscale. This is reflected in some significant DeltaE deviations of 12 and a shift in the sRGB balance to blue, resulting in a visible bluish cast that makes the image look a bit cool on white surfaces. However, this effect can be countered via the extensive settings that the smartphone has for the screen.

Color Management (target color space: sRGB)
Color Management (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)

The OnePlus One looks good outdoors and can impress even in bright ambient light. This is not so much due to an exceptionally high brightness or outstanding contrast, but rather due to the underlying screen technology. There is no gap between the LTPS screen and the protective glass, and thus there is no potentially glossy surface.

The LTPS screen looks good outdoors,
The LTPS screen looks good outdoors,
but the Gorilla Glass is nevertheless reflective.
but the Gorilla Glass is nevertheless reflective.

The viewing angle stability of the OnePlus One is compelling. The displayed content remains well legible even from extremely flat viewing angles. Ghost effects were not visible and should not be possible due to the LTPS screen. Only a minor loss in brightness is noticed from an angle of approximately 45 degrees.

Viewing angle stability: OnePlus One
Viewing angle stability: OnePlus One

Performance

At the time of its release, the OnePlus One was well equipped with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, which was one of the fastest SoCs available. Meanwhile, the Tegra K1Apple's A8 and Snapdragon 805 outpace the former performance leader. Nevertheless, the SoC still provides a lot of power with its strong quad-core processor, and is supported by a generous 3 GB of working memory. The Adreno 330 is responsible for graphic calculations.

The OnePlus One achieves good results in the graphic benchmarks. However, not only the nominally stronger iPhone 6 Plus (Apple A8PowerVR GX6450) or Nexus 6 (Snapdragon 805Adreno 420) defeat it, but also competitors based on the same SoC. Moto does the best job of getting performance out of the components in the 3DMark comparison field, and achieves a 10% better results. The GPU's scores are on par, but it seems that the CPU in the OnePlus One has problems with the waste heat produced during permanent load, and has to reduce its performance accordingly. This is particularly obvious in Geekbench 3 where the review sample comes in last. Even the HTC's One M8 (MSM8974AB) that we tested with a slightly weaker Snapdragon 801 is up to 33% faster.

AnTuTu Benchmark v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
47123 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47172 Points ∼59% 0%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
50360 Points ∼62% +7%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
42125 Points ∼52% -11%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
43985 Points ∼55% -7%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
51812 Points ∼64% +10%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
36792 Points ∼46% -22%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2095 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2885 Points ∼11% +38%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
2785 Points ∼10% +33%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3239 Points ∼12% +55%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2874 Points ∼11% +37%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2708 Points ∼10% +29%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3005 Points ∼11% +43%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3141 Points ∼12% +50%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2323 Points ∼9% +11%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
878 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
941 Points ∼20% +7%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
957 Points ∼21% +9%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1112 Points ∼24% +27%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1609 Points ∼35% +83%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
979 Points ∼21% +12%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1003 Points ∼22% +14%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1043 Points ∼22% +19%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
941 Points ∼20% +7%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
694.102 MFLOPS ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
678 MFLOPS ∼23% -2%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
575.654 MFLOPS ∼19% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
696.97 MFLOPS ∼24% 0%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
930.16 MFLOPS ∼31% +34%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1440.81 MFLOPS ∼49% +108%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
700 MFLOPS ∼24% +1%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
952.919 MFLOPS ∼32% +37%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
608.905 MFLOPS ∼21% -12%
Single Thread (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
366.084 MFLOPS ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
355 MFLOPS ∼35% -3%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
337.474 MFLOPS ∼33% -8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
319.975 MFLOPS ∼31% -13%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
232.54 MFLOPS ∼23% -36%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
766.2 MFLOPS ∼75% +109%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
375 MFLOPS ∼37% +2%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38% +6%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
281.32 MFLOPS ∼28% -23%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4129 points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4432 points ∼96% +7%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3935 points ∼86% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4332 points ∼94% +5%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4496 points ∼98% +9%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2108 points ∼46% -49%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3984 points ∼87% -4%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7028 points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9054 points ∼48% +29%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
5021 points ∼27% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9732 points ∼52% +38%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8386 points ∼45% +19%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7468 points ∼40% +6%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8377 points ∼44% +19%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
13167 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15198 Points ∼24% +15%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
9521 Points ∼15% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18913 Points ∼30% +44%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9473 Points ∼15% -28%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13674 Points ∼22% +4%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16354 Points ∼26% +24%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18113 Points ∼29% +38%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12939 Points ∼20% -2%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
18074 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
19530 Points ∼4% +8%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
15928 Points ∼4% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20733 Points ∼5% +15%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23937 Points ∼5% +32%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
19606 Points ∼4% +8%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20806 Points ∼5% +15%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25480 Points ∼6% +41%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17029 Points ∼4% -6%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
16692 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18367 Points ∼10% +10%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
13856 Points ∼7% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20299 Points ∼11% +22%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
17873 Points ∼9% +7%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17882 Points ∼9% +7%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
19619 Points ∼10% +18%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23368 Points ∼12% +40%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15911 Points ∼8% -5%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
28 fps ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.7 fps ∼2% -1%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
28.1 fps ∼2% 0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
42.4 fps ∼4% +51%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼1% -46%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
44.8 fps ∼4% +60%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.5 fps ∼2% -2%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.2 fps ∼2% -3%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
39 fps ∼3% +39%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
26.7 fps ∼2% -5%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
29 fps ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.8 fps ∼8% -4%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
30.2 fps ∼8% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
27.7 fps ∼8% -4%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20 fps ∼5% -31%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
52.4 fps ∼14% +81%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
29.4 fps ∼8% +1%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
29.3 fps ∼8% +1%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
28 fps ∼8% -3%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20.2 fps ∼6% -30%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.8 fps ∼2% -2%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.5 fps ∼2% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17.7 fps ∼3% +48%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
18.8 fps ∼3% +57%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.8 fps ∼2% -2%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼2% -8%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19 fps ∼3% +58%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.3 fps ∼2% -6%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.7 fps ∼10% -2%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
11.2 fps ∼10% -7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼10% -8%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
30.6 fps ∼27% +155%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.6 fps ∼11% +5%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.6 fps ∼11% +5%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼11% 0%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.3 fps ∼7% -39%
Anomaly 2 Benchmark
Low Quality Test (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1848780 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1496850 Points ∼71% -19%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2106100 Points ∼100% +14%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1939970 Points ∼92% +5%
High Quality Test (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1000010 Points ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
237669 Points ∼13% -76%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1309830 Points ∼73% +31%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
287643 Points ∼16% -71%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
12411 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11990 Points ∼27% -3%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10191 Points ∼23% -18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18680 Points ∼42% +51%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12603 Points ∼29% +2%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12141 Points ∼28% -2%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11499 Points ∼26% -7%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
23226 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23999 Points ∼53% +3%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
17913 Points ∼40% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31806 Points ∼71% +37%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19987 Points ∼44% -14%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
24637 Points ∼55% +6%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
25206 Points ∼56% +9%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23234 Points ∼52% 0%
BaseMark OS II
Graphics (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2382 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3441 Points ∼40% +44%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1233 Points ∼14% -48%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2389 Points ∼28% 0%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2731 Points ∼32% +15%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2130 Points ∼25% -11%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2530 Points ∼29% +6%
Memory (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
587 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
595 Points ∼15% +1%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1500 Points ∼39% +156%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
536 Points ∼14% -9%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
619 Points ∼16% +5%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
421 Points ∼11% -28%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
610 Points ∼16% +4%
System (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1768 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1647 Points ∼25% -7%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1296 Points ∼20% -27%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2038 Points ∼31% +15%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1540 Points ∼23% -13%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1604 Points ∼24% -9%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1387 Points ∼21% -22%
Overall (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1131 Points ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1273 Points ∼39% +13%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1085 Points ∼33% -4%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1299 Points ∼40% +15%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1230 Points ∼37% +9%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
995 Points ∼30% -12%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1080 Points ∼33% -5%

Seen purely subjectively, the OnePlus One browses through the Internet quickly with the preloaded Chrome browser. Only when scrolling websites the  smartphone occasionally lags. In the benchmarks, it is also usually found in the lower third of the premium-range devices, and even takes the last place in the SunSpider 1.0.2 in the comparison field. MobileXPRT 2013 shows the weaknesses in detail. When scrolling in the browser, the OnePlus One actually achieves its poorest rate of 39 fps.

Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 40)
2180.1 ms * ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (1.6.28)
408.7 ms * ∼10% +81%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
594.2 ms * ∼15% +73%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
955.6 ms * ∼24% +56%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
534 ms * ∼13% +76%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
347.4 ms * ∼9% +84%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
827.5 ms * ∼21% +62%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
777.3 ms * ∼19% +64%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
784 ms * ∼19% +64%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
900 ms * ∼22% +59%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
629.3 ms * ∼16% +71%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 40)
7883 ms * ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (1.6.28)
6302 ms * ∼11% +20%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
8990.4 ms * ∼15% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
6127.4 ms * ∼10% +22%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11108 ms * ∼19% -41%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
4469.8 ms * ∼8% +43%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6502 ms * ∼11% +18%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
6243.3 ms * ∼10% +21%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
6124 ms * ∼10% +22%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7279.7 ms * ∼12% +8%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
7163 ms * ∼12% +9%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (1.6.28)
3875 Points ∼9%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
3131 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
5379 Points ∼12%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2737 Points ∼6%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
7276 Points ∼16%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5339 Points ∼12%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
5403 Points ∼12%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
5271 Points ∼12%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
4345 Points ∼10%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3892 Points ∼9%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 40)
1368 points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
1478 points ∼5% +8%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
829 points ∼3% -39%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
1576 points ∼5% +15%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
1370 points ∼4% 0%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1343 points ∼4% -2%
BaseMark OS II - Web (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
661 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
779 Points ∼51% +18%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
579 Points ∼38% -12%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1092 Points ∼71% +65%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
880 Points ∼57% +33%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
682 Points ∼44% +3%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
635 Points ∼41% -4%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 40)
760 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (29)
712 Points ∼11% -6%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1164 Points ∼19% +53%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
852 Points ∼14% +12%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
526 Points ∼8% -31%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
2613 Points ∼42% +244%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
811 Points ∼13% +7%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
881 Points ∼14% +16%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1097 Points ∼18% +44%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1799 ms * ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1313 ms * ∼27% +27%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1355.3 ms * ∼28% +25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1253.2 ms * ∼26% +30%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1226 ms * ∼26% +32%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
499 ms * ∼10% +72%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1192 ms * ∼25% +34%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1122.6 ms * ∼23% +38%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
1158 ms * ∼24% +36%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
1227 ms * ∼26% +32%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1124.3 ms * ∼23% +38%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1488.1 ms * ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1016.7 ms * ∼27% +32%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
952 ms * ∼25% +36%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1268.7 ms * ∼34% +15%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1189 ms * ∼32% +20%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
338 ms * ∼9% +77%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1103 ms * ∼29% +26%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1121.9 ms * ∼30% +25%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
1231 ms * ∼33% +17%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
1183 ms * ∼32% +21%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1078.1 ms * ∼29% +28%
Face Detection (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2123.9 ms * ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2774.4 ms * ∼23% -31%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
4534 ms * ∼37% -113%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1713.8 ms * ∼14% +19%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2515 ms * ∼21% -18%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1463.2 ms * ∼12% +31%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7831 ms * ∼65% -269%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1771.9 ms * ∼15% +17%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
1736 ms * ∼14% +18%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2277 ms * ∼19% -7%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
1785 ms * ∼15% +16%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
945.7 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2568.9 ms * ∼29% -172%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
948.6 ms * ∼11% -0%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
980.7 ms * ∼11% -4%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1004 ms * ∼11% -6%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
904.7 ms * ∼10% +4%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
875 ms * ∼10% +7%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
988.6 ms * ∼11% -5%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
898 ms * ∼10% +5%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
1202 ms * ∼13% -27%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1106.7 ms * ∼12% -17%
Overall Score (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 40)
273 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (29)
237 Points ∼10% -13%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
271 Points ∼12% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 38)
326 Points ∼14% +19%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
300 Points ∼13% +10%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash (Safari 8.0 Mobile)
604 Points ∼27% +121%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
345 Points ∼15% +26%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 37)
341 Points ∼15% +25%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 39)
340 Points ∼15% +25%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
314 Points ∼14% +15%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 35)
313 Points ∼14% +15%

* ... smaller is better

The OnePlus One has a storage capacity of 64 GB of which over 54 GB are available after initial use. Unfortunately, the storage cannot be expanded. Therefore, we would not recommend the smaller 16 GB model.

The review sample does not only boasts of having an eMMC 5 memory interface, but also the fact that it also utilizes it. In fact, the flash memory in the OnePlus One is fast and achieves extremely good rates. It even places itself at the top of our database in the sequential read sector.

BaseMark OS II - Memory (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
587 Points ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
595 Points ∼15% +1%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1500 Points ∼39% +156%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
536 Points ∼14% -9%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
619 Points ∼16% +5%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
421 Points ∼11% -28%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
610 Points ∼16% +4%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
10.42 MB/s ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1 MB/s ∼1% -90%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.88 MB/s ∼1% -92%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.14 MB/s ∼4% -70%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2 MB/s ∼3% -81%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.43 MB/s ∼3% -77%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.49 MB/s ∼2% -86%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.44 MB/s ∼2% -86%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
18.27 MB/s ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.5 MB/s ∼6% -53%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
10.53 MB/s ∼8% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19.87 MB/s ∼14% +9%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15 MB/s ∼11% -18%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.49 MB/s ∼10% -26%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.85 MB/s ∼6% -57%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20.98 MB/s ∼15% +15%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
159.72 MB/s ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
19.05 MB/s ∼10% -88%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
19.51 MB/s ∼10% -88%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
38.91 MB/s ∼21% -76%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18 MB/s ∼10% -89%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.42 MB/s ∼15% -83%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18.46 MB/s ∼10% -88%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.83 MB/s ∼13% -85%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
223.64 MB/s ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy S5
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
83.53 MB/s ∼14% -63%
HTC One M8
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AB, 16 GB iNAND Flash
88.41 MB/s ∼15% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
178.77 MB/s ∼30% -20%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
149 MB/s ∼25% -33%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
140.73 MB/s ∼24% -37%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.78 MB/s ∼4% -88%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
167.46 MB/s ∼28% -25%

Games

Gaming should come naturally to the OnePlus One, when looking at its technical specs. The Adreno 330 may no longer be the fastest graphics card, but it is still fast and has more than enough power for all the games from the Play Store. The CPU's throttling was not noticed in the test with “Asphalt 8

The touchscreen's responsiveness is good. We would have liked the position sensor to be a little more sensitive.

Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans

Emissions

GFXBench 3.0: battery test
GFXBench 3.0: battery test

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the OnePlus One reached a maximum of 32.2 °C (~90 °F) while idling. The temperature increases significantly during the permanent load that we simulated with the Stability Test app. The rates climbed up to 45.5 °C (~114 °F), which is warm but not critical. Only the Lumia 930 (max. 48.4 °C; ~119 °F) gets even warmer. The coolest premium-range phone is the Galaxy S5 (max. 37.7 °C; ~100 °F).

The stress test using the battery test of GFXBench 3.0 went well for the graphics unit. Unlike the processor, the GPU's performance remained stable.

Max. Load
 43.9 °C37.9 °C36.3 °C 
 45.5 °C39.5 °C38.8 °C 
 42.4 °C38.5 °C37 °C 
Maximum: 45.5 °C
Average: 40 °C
33.4 °C37.3 °C42.5 °C
32.5 °C37.8 °C42.6 °C
34.6 °C39.2 °C43.4 °C
Maximum: 43.4 °C
Average: 38.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42.2 °C | Room Temperature 20.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

Both speakers flank the micro USB port on the lower edge, and thus have a similar placing as those in the iPhone 6 Plus. The sound quality is quite impressive and is particularly good with trebles, which sound quite balanced up to a volume of 50%. Beyond that, they overdrive slightly. Only the mids are weak, and although bass is audible, they lack power. The so-called music effects can be adjusted according to personal preferences in the settings. The audio jack functions without noticeable shortcomings.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the OnePlus One is inconspicuous and within the expected range. The LTPS screen is more energy efficient than the QHD screen in LG's G3 in idle mode. However, it is not as frugal as the Super AMOLED screen in the Galaxy S5.

The power supply has sufficient capacity. Fast Charge is also supported and recharges the smartphone completely within two hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 Watt
Load midlight 4.1 / 6.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The OnePlus One has a powerful, 3100 mAh battery. Thus, a long battery life is inevitable especially since the smartphone did not show any irregularities in power consumption. In fact, it dominates over the flagship division with its tremendous endurance. It was only when under high processing loads that the competition fared better.

The review sample even outruns the Lumia 930 (16:42 h) and not only clearly dominates over LG's G3 (7:32 h), but also over both HTC's One M8 (7:33 h) and the Galaxy S5 (10:13 h) in the Wi-Fi browsing test using a screen brightness of 150 cd/m². This makes it tolerable that OnePlus does not give its One any special energy saving modes.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
26h 08min
WiFi Surfing
18h 46min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Chrome 40)
16h 03min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 40min
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-37%
-29%
-5%
-10%
Reader / Idle
1568
852
-46%
1153
-26%
1387
-12%
1436
-8%
Load
160
207
29%
135
-16%
175
9%
199
24%
WiFi
1126
452
-60%
601
-47%
1002
-11%
777
-31%
WiFi v1.3
963
H.264
893
273
-69%
652
-27%
675
-24%

Verdict

In review: OnePlus One.
In review: OnePlus One.

OnePlus delivers a really good smartphone with the One that calls itself Flagship Killer - and not without reason. Although the processor loses some of its power during permanent load, the smartphone is fast, and other, considerably pricier competitors also struggle with these heat issues.

The OnePlus One is also pleasant to hold, is equipped with great communication modules, and can even be used perfectly for telephony. Minor drawbacks are found in the details, such as the lack of a storage expansion that we primarily miss in the 16 GB model. The camera takes decent pictures in daylight, but the low-light qualities are unsatisfactory. The high surface temperatures also prevent a better rating.

We give a plus point for the outstanding performance-price ratio, which remains unmatched. There is currently no smartphone with a better configuration for less than 300 Euros (~$322), when the user is a fan of CyanogenMod.

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Specifications

OnePlus One (One Series)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 330, Core: 578 MHz
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3, 1866MHz
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, 10 multi-touch points, JDI (Japan Display Inc.), LTPS, TOL, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, eMMC 5.0, 54.08 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, orientation sensor, G sensor, digital compass, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Miracast, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (700, 1700, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz (all FDD-LTE) as well as 2300 and 2600 MHz (TDD-LTE), head-SAR: 0.270 W/kg, body-SAR: 0.540 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 152.9 x 75.9 ( = 0.35 x 6.02 x 2.99 in)
Battery
12 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3100 mAh, 3.8 volts
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 5 MP, primary camera: 13 MP (6 lenses, dual LED, UHD video)
Additional features
Speakers: two stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, modular power supply, USB cable, SIM tool, Cyanogen 11S, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
164 g ( = 5.78 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
299 Euro

 

The screen has a size of 5.5 inches.
The screen has a size of 5.5 inches.
It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 MP.
The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 MP.
The sensor keys can be swapped for on-screen buttons.
The sensor keys can be swapped for on-screen buttons.
OnePlus uses an LTPS screen.
OnePlus uses an LTPS screen.
The SIM slot is opened with a small tool.
The SIM slot is opened with a small tool.
The SIM slot closes flush with the rest of the casing.
The SIM slot closes flush with the rest of the casing.
The rear features a roughened sandstone texture.
The rear features a roughened sandstone texture.
A dual-LED flash supports the 13.1 MP camera.
A dual-LED flash supports the 13.1 MP camera.
The USB cable does not tangle easily.
The USB cable does not tangle easily.
Geekbench 3
Geekbench 3
MobileXPRT 2013
MobileXPRT 2013
AndEBench Pro
AndEBench Pro
Basemark X 1.1 (High Quality)
Basemark X 1.1 (High Quality)
GFXBench 3.0
GFXBench 3.0
Epic Citadel (Ultra High Quality)
Epic Citadel (Ultra High Quality)
Anomaly 2 Benchmark (High Quality)
Anomaly 2 Benchmark (High Quality)
The target is missed in 3DMark.
The target is missed in 3DMark.
3DMark
3DMark
Vellamo 3.1
Vellamo 3.1
Basemark OS II
Basemark OS II
PCMark for Android
PCMark for Android
AnTuTu v5.6
AnTuTu v5.6
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
54.08 GB are available for use.
54.08 GB are available for use.

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Pro

+Outstanding performance-price ratio
+Great build
+Generous storage in the 64 GB model
+3 GB of working memory
+Decent cameras
+Pleasing speakers
+Good voice quality
+Superb battery life
+Satisfactory GPS module
+Swift SoC...
 

Cons

-...but CPU loses performance during load
-Non-expandable storage
-No MHL or DLNA
-Screen's increased grayscale dE
-No 800 MHz band for LTE

Shortcut

What we like

OnePlus bundles a very well-conceived, premium-range smartphone for an until now unmatched performance-price ratio.

What we'd like to see

800 MHz band support for LTE.

What surprises us

The Chinese manufacturer manages to sell a real top-of-the-line smartphone for half the price.

The competition

The contenders are: Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z3, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, LG G3, Nokia Lumia 930, Motorola Moto X, and Google Nexus 6.

Rating

OnePlus One - 03/02/2015 v4(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
46 / 60 → 77%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
84%
Games Performance
64 / 63 → 100%
Application Performance
38 / 70 → 54%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 91 → 80%
Camera
78%
Add Points
+1%
Average
72%
87%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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Daniel Schmidt, 2015-03- 9 (Update: 2015-03-12)