OnePlus Has Faster 5G Than Samsung and LG, Says OnePlus

By James O Malley on at

When is a 600Mbps connection not enough? When 700Mbps is available, according to Shenzhen-based phone manufacturer OnePlus, which has today claimed that the 5G connection on its OnePlus 7 Pro 5G handset is faster than rivals Samsung, LG and Oppo.

According to the press release, the study was carried out independently by RootMetrics, and saw the company's researchers take a the 7 Pro 5G, along with a Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, as well as the LG V50 5G and Oppo Reno 5G, to various sites across London, and then measured the 5G speeds available. Reportedly, OnePlus's device achieved peak speeds of "nearly" 700Mbps, while Samsung managed only a lacklustre 550Mbps - with LG and Oppo clocking in at around 600Mbps.

The test apparently used the speed achieved in the St Paul's area as a baseline, and also factored in speeds in the City, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Covent Garden, Soho and on the South Bank.

So why the difference in speeds? According to OnePlus's own dubious explanation, it all comes down to the antenna, and balancing the size of the thing (which would effect the thickness of the phone) with performance, and the "famous OnePlus design philosophy".

"Instead of compromising, our engineers designed their own antennae, which were better suited to the famous OnePlus design philosophy - combining form with function, enabling the sleek profile of the handset without losing any performance", the press release says with a seemingly straight face.

Right now there are presumably designers and engineers slapping their foreheads, having previously never considered that designs could somehow combine both "form" and "function".

In any case, we're looking forward to the press releases from Samsung, LG and Oppo claiming that, no, they have the fastest 5G, any moment now.