UPDATE 6-21-2017: OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 5 successor to the OnePlus 3T in a special event held in Mumbai, India. This latest Android smartphone will be expected to compete with the likes of the Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel 2, while also gaining market share against the Apple iPhone series. OnePlus confirmed a surprisingly large amount of details at the event in East Asia, so her is a rundown on all of the specs and features that we know about now.
OnePlus has significantly redesigned the OnePlus 5 for this next generation, although the exterior has certainly drawn comparisons with the iPhone 7 Plus. This resemblance to the iPhone series is perhaps exacerbated by the sleekness of the OnePlus 5. This smartphone is only 7.25mm thick, which is only marginally less sleek than the iconic Apple flagship.
OnePlus has also included anodized aluminum in the design of this handset, and this leads to a rather pleasant appearance. And the slowness of this device is exaggerated further still by the inclusion of curved and rounded edges.
Additionally, OnePlus has also included a continuous hard case in the design of the OnePlus 5, which surrounds all four sides of the exterior. This is definitely a smartphone that fits into a marketplace that is becoming dominated by curved designs.
Perhaps surprisingly OnePlus did not stretch to the quad HD display that was predicted in some quarters, instead opting to retain the full HD AMOLED screen from the OnePlus 3T. This delivers a 401 pixel per inch rating, though, and can be considered more than adequate considering that this resolution is equal to the iPhone 7 Plus, which features exactly the same screen size.
An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will power the OnePlus 5, which is extremely encouraging for fans of the series considering that it has already been included in the premium Galaxy S8. However, OnePlus states that the processor will be clocked at a maximum of 2.45 GHz, which outranks any of the recent Samsung and Apple releases.
Reports before the OnePlus 5 was released had suggested that the Chinese developer would opt for either 6GB or 8GB of RAM memory in the finished device. As it turns out, these reports were both correct and incorrect!
Instead, OnePlus 5 customers will be able to choose from 6GB and 8GB of memory in the finished smartphone, providing useful consumer choice. This can certainly be considered a more than adequate quantity, considering that the iPhone 7 smartphone has only 2GB, and Samsung opted to include only 4GB in the recent Galaxy S8.
As expected, the OnePlus 5 is driven by Android 7.1.1, with the proprietary Oxygen software built over the top. This should deliver a slick experience, as it has indeed in previous releases.
Perhaps the standout feature in the OnePlus 5 is the dual-lens camera, which features some of the most impressive specifications in the smartphone market. The dual-camera features two lenses of impressive megapixel specifications, with a main 16-megapixel lens being backed up by a 20-megapixel twin.
Of course, the photographic capabilities of a smartphone cannot be defined by megapixel rating alone, but those fortunate enough to tinker with the OnePlus 5 thus far have indicated that its photographic capabilities are on par with the Galaxy S8. An extremely impressive achievement for a smartphone of this price point.
Furthermore, the front-facing snapper included in this unit is particularly impressive, with the Chinese manufacturer arming the handset with a 16-megapixel selfie capturer that would have made an excellent rear-camera in its own right.
OnePlus has also increased the battery size in the OnePlus 5, and it is noticeable that the handset has a larger cell than even the Galaxy S8. The 3,300 mAh battery definitely outranks most cells included in smartphones of all price ranges, and ensures that the battery lifecycle of this device should be extremely competitive.
Indeed, considering the relatively low resolution screen, the OnePlus 5 should be a particularly convenient handset to use for long periods of time.
OnePlus has included a fingerprint sensor in this device, and in common with previous generations of the series, it is capable of locking the handset in 0.2 seconds.
Finally, OnePlus has decided to retain the headphone jack that Apple jettisoned in the recent iPhone 7 generation. The general consensus of opinion is that this decision by Apple will eventually be reflected across the marketplace. But for the time being OnePlus has listening to the desires of consumers who were disappointed about the removal of this feature from the Apple handset.
The most affordable version of the OnePlus 5 comes in at a price tag that is even lower than predicted before its release. The OnePlus 5 can be purchased for an extremely competitive $479 in its base model iteration, which compares extremely favorably with the most recognizable names in this niche.
UPDATE 6-14-2017: Although a huge amount of information has already leaked regarding the OnePlus 5, the manufacturer of this forthcoming handset continues to provide information regarding unknown features. This will seemingly be a revolutionary device, particularly considering that the price tag of the OnePlus 5 is likely to be extremely competitive, which it will need to be with the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 imminent.
OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu (often referred to as Pete Lau in the West) has posted on Chinese social networking site Weibo about how UFS (Universal Flash Storage) is becoming a defining technology in the smartphone industry. Lau suggest that the technology is a major selling point of contemporary smartphone devices, indicating the backing of OnePlus for UFS.
Previously, OnePlus devices utilized the eMMC storage system, which is significantly slower than the newer USS technology. UFS 2.1 storage enables the smartphone to both read and write simultaneously, meaning that memory reading and writing can take place much more quickly. This will obviously have a big impact on the forthcoming OnePlus 5, and will be a very welcome aspect of the smartphone.
Lau stopped short of confirming that UFS 2.1 technology will be utilized in the next flagship from the company, but all other information seems to suggest that this will indeed be the case. OnePlus has made numerous hints regarding technology that will be included in the OnePlus 5, and every other aspect of the smartphone has been confirmed by leaks online.
This suggests that it will only be a matter of time before the UFS 2.1 technology to be included in the OnePlus 5 sees the light of day in some form.
Potential price consequences
However, the inclusion of UFS 2.1 would not be entirely without negative consequences, as it is generally believed by analysts that this technology would lead to the price of the OnePlus 5 increasing. Perhaps OnePlus has something in mind in order to deliver an affordable handset while also utilizing this storage technology, but this will certainly be challenging for the manufacturer.
OnePlus must balance its desire to produce the best smartphone possible with the fact that its brand is by no means as prominent