I have been using OnePlus 5 for the last few weeks. It’s a damn good phone at an affordable price tag. The Chinese vendor launched its latest flagship only about three months ago. Now it is gearing up to launch a OnePlus 5 Special Edition next week. OnePlus will hold an event on Tuesday, September 19 in Paris, where it is widely expected to show off the OnePlus 5 Special Edition, reports Tech Advisor.
OnePlus 5 Special Edition to Castelbajac logo on the back?
The smartphone vendor has sent out media invites for the event. Though OnePlus didn’t mention what it is going to unveil at the Paris show, it dropped tons of hints about the special edition flagship phone. The caption reads, “When the style meets its machine, one night in September in Paris…” The term “machine” refers to a phone. The phrase “when the style meets its machine” may refer to a special phone with refined looks.
The company could also offer a new color option with the OnePlus 5 Special Edition. The special versions are often available in limited stock. Tech Advisor says the media invites also include the name of famous French designer Castelbajac. It indicates that OnePlus will team up with designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. We won’t be surprised if the new phone includes the designer’s logo on the back.
— OnePlus UK (@OnePlus_UK) September 13, 2017
“OnePlus and Castelbajac share a common dream: to disrupt the norm and show the world more is possible,” said OnePlus on its website. The vendor did something similar in March this year by joining hands with Colette for a limited edition OnePlus 3T. It came in a new black color, and the Colette logo on the back. In terms of specs, it was similar to the standard version.
However, OnePlus had launched only 250 units of the limited edition OnePlus 3T, which were sold only at Colette stores in Paris. The Castelbajac OnePlus 5 Special Edition is also expected to be available only in limited quantities, though the exact number of units is not known. Fans would appreciate it if OnePlus launches the new variant in sufficient quantities and sells them online as well.
OnePlus 5 is a premium phone at mid-range price
OnePlus 5 was launched in two color options – slate gray and midnight black – in June. The company later added a new soft gold color. The device has a starting price of $479. OnePlus 5 comes in two versions – one packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and another offers 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC, the same chipset that runs the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and Galaxy Note 8.
OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch optic AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device offers dual SIM support and comes with OxygenOS based on Android Nougat software. It has a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge technology. The phone has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and fingerprint sensor for security. OnePlus 5 has an anodized aluminum body.
OnePlus improves camera with software update
On the camera front, it offers a 16MP wide-angle lens with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. The wide-angle lens supports Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which allows users to take better pictures in low-light conditions. The device allows you to capture 4K videos at 30fps, and take photos with “bokeh’ effects.
On the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera with EIS and an f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus recently rolled out a software update (OxygenOS version 4.5.10) over the air to further improve the camera performance. The latest version of the software reduces noise when taking photos in low-light conditions. It also offers texture improvements and improved camera stability when shooting videos at 60fps.