A couple of years back when OnePlus launched the OnePlus One, it was dubbed as the ‘flagship killer’. The One came with flagship features on a budget of just $349. Fast forward a couple of years, OnePlus has really started to make its name for the devices it has manufactured. OnePlus 3 and 3T, launched in 2016, is still winning the hearts of customers. So, the company from China, which previously depended on invite system, is currently making an impact in the smartphone market.
After months of speculations and leaks, OnePlus is finally set to launch the OnePlus 5, the company’s (first) flagship for this year. It skipped number ‘4’ as it is considered to be an unlucky number. OnePlus is set to unveil the OnePlus 5 on the 20th June. So, what is the new ‘flagship killer’ offering this year around? Let’s take a look.
According to a recent leak, it looks as though the OnePlus 5 will come with a dual rear camera setting and an edge-to-edge display at the front. The image, leaked by Android Police, shows that the device will come in a good-looking metal backing with a horizontal camera set up which will be accompanied by LED flash. The leaked picture shows a minimal design at the back with a OnePlus branding on the middle.
It will indeed come with a headphone jack, a cryptic tweet from co-founder Carl Pei confirmed
Update: OnePlus just released this image all over social media which showcases dual cameras. If the design is considered, the OnePlus 5 seems to share iPhone 7 Plus’ design factor.
The previous five smartphones from OnePlus came with a 1080 x 1920 pixels display. 2017 could be the year customers will finally get to quad HD display in a OnePlus device as leaks suggest that the OnePlus 5 will sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD panel.
Regarding the type of the display, some rumors say that the shortage of AMOLED panel could result in the manufacturer opting for an LCD display. It will not feature bezel-less displays like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6, though. But it could come with bezel-less sides.
Processor, Software, and Storage
Every year OnePlus launches its smartphones with high-end flagship chipsets on the inside. We can expect this trend to not change anytime soon. Plus, OnePlus has already confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Accompanying the chipset could be an octa-core processor and 6 GB or a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Even Blass, a reliable leaker, has mentioned that the smartphone will feature 8 GB of RAM. Nonetheless, the Snapdragon 835 SoC along with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM will surely suffice needs of even the hardcore users.
As far as the operating system goes, the OnePlus 5 will run on Oxygen OS on top of Android Nougat. The device will have ample storage as it will come with 128 GB of internal storage.
The OnePlus 5 is expected to be backed up by a 3,600 mAh battery. Some rumors suggest it to even have a huge 4,000 mAh battery. But it is hard to believe that the Chinese company will opt for such a huge battery.
Nonetheless, the fact that it will be supported by Dash Charge is great. Also, it is said that this time around, it will be able to charge the new smartphone 25% faster than its predecessor which is cherry on top.
OnePlus has made its name for the cheaper price point it comes in. It features flagship, and sometimes, some beastly specifications and comes in an under $500 price point. But the price of the 3 and the 3T didn’t go well with some of the OnePlus loyal customers due to its increased pricing.
While the pricing of under $400 for a smartphone with these many features would actually be sweet, speculations suggest it to carry a price tag of $500 which is an increase from the $439 price of the OnePlus 3T. Android Authority has claimed the OnePlus 5 to come with an even expensive price of $650 as the company is using some costly components to build the device.
OnePlus 5 rumored specifications:
- 5.5-inch, Quad HD LCD (or AMOLED) display
- Android Nougat with Oxygen OS
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 6 or 8 GB of RAM
- 128 GB Internal Storage
- Dual rear-facing camera setup
- 3,600 mAh battery with Dash Charge support
- Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
- Price: $500 (or $650)