The best OnePlus 5 deals pre-Black Friday 2017

 techradar.com  11/9/2017 12:02:16 PM  8  Adam Marshall

If you were hoping that prices would start falling the further we move from launch of the OnePlus 5, then you're in for disappointment. O2 has secured the exclusive distribution on contract, and it seems that the lack of competition is keeping prices at a consistently high point. Monthly tariffs start at £35, which isn't exactly cheap when compared to other flagship Android smartphones.

But that may all be about to change. Firstly, there's the small matter of Black Friday 2017 looming large in the near horizon, which should hopefully yield some bargains. And then there's the launch of the updated OnePlus 5T, so you might see some retailers flogging the usurped OnePlus 5 on the cheap to clear their stocks.

OnePlus is the company that challenges the received wisdom that there are no phones worth looking at outside of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. The OnePlus 5 is one of the very best Android phones on the market. With its pair of fantastic cameras, 6GB Ram and generous onboard storage, we can see why you might go for this instead of a Galaxy Note 8. Read more about the OnePlus 5 below, or continue the hunt for your perfect handset with our mobile phone deals guide.

There was a lot of buzz around the OnePlus 5 since well before the turn of the year, and the intrigue has maintained traction since release. You can get a SIM free handset from a number of retailers, but it's O2 or nothing if you want to secure the OnePlus 5 on contract.

OnePlus 5 | SIM free handset | 64GB for £449/128GB for £499
Priced at less than £500, getting a separate phone and SIM card is the cheapest way to get your hands on the OnePlus 5 at launch. Head to the OnePlus website and cross your fingers that there's one in stock. The price is a Galaxy S8-smashing £449 for the 64GB model - almost £250 less than the Samsung flagship's RRP.

Showing as out of stock? Then click 'HANDSETS' at the top of our comparison chart above and see where else you can buy your OnePlus 5 from.

Need a SIM to pop in your brand spanking new OnePlus 5? We've got you covered. Pick out the plan for you - with prices starting at a mere £4 a month - over at our best SIM only deals page.

If you're a student, then there's good news for you, too. OnePlus is offering you a 10% discount on your new OnePlus 5 through StudentBeans. Check out the details and claim on the OnePlus website.

The 3 best OnePlus 5 deals on contract

If you don't want the hassle of matching a OnePlus 5 with a SIM card, then you have no option but to go with an O2 deal - it has a world exclusive. That means you get the benefit of the network's Priority rewards. It doesn't come cheap, but below we've picked out the three best value tariffs.

OnePlus 5 | £79.99 upfront | 1GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £35 per month
Without opting for a measly 500MB monthly data, this is the cheapest way you can bag a OnePlus 5 on contract. Unfortunately it's back down to only 1GB of data per month - half of what it was a few weeks ago - and unlimited everything else. Total cost over 24 months is £919.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

OnePlus 5 | £79.99 upfront | 5GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £42 per month
If 1GB of data simply isn't going to cut it, then this tariff may suit you better. 5GB should be more than enough data for most users for streaming Spotify, downloading podcasts and scrolling through social media while away from the WI-Fi. The only black mark - it wasn't so long ago that you could get 20GB for this price instead. Total cost over 24 months is £1087.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

OnePlus 5 | £9.99 upfront | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | £54 per month
O2 has just knocked a fiver a month off this tariff, which is a u-turn of O2's previous trend of increasing prices on the OnePlus 5. This is the tariff for people who are only going to be satisfied with a huuuuuge data deal, and this is the least expensive deal out there for 30GB. Total cost over 24 months is £1305.99

View this OnePlus 5 deal from O2

Is the OnePlus 5 any good?

Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB or 8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP dual lens | Front camera: 16MP

Premium design and feel

Fantastic camera

Phenomenal performance

Only Full HD display

There's no doubt about it, the OnePlus 5 immediately becomes one of the very best Android phones on the market. If you choose your mobiles based on the quality of the camera, then the incredible dual-lens snapper will float your boat. 

The design and performance is every bit as good as the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, and yet the price is far lower. If you're one of the throng that have been eagerly waiting for this phone's release, we very much doubt you'll be disappointed.

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