It all started with “invite-only” flagship phone in 2014. The OnePlus One was truly the flagship killer of 2014. OnePlus is now famous for their cost-effective, premium flagship phones. OnePlus 3T, the successor of OnePlus 3 and the latest flagship offering from the company, is one of the best smartphones offering high-end specs at an affordable price. It looks like OnePlus will continue manufacturing more flagship killers, with the next one in line – OnePlus 5 – all set to be launched soon.
OnePlus 5: Specs, price, release date and more
Wait. Aren’t we expecting OnePlus 4? Chinese see the number 4 as unlucky. In the Chinese culture, whether or not a number is auspicious depends on whether the number’s pronunciation sounds similar to other words that convey positive or negative meanings. The number “four” sounds similar to the word for “death” and hence considered unlucky. It’s quite natural to see the Chinese skip the number four when numbering floors or even hospital rooms. So don’t be surprised if you don’t see the OnePlus 4. OnePlus, in all likelihood, will directly launch OnePlus 5 and give the OnePlus 4 a miss.
Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to feature the all-powerful Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s latest and greatest flagship processor. It isn’t too far-fetched to expect the next OnePlus flagship killer to come with Snapdragon 835, going by the company’s history. Snapdragon 835 supports 8GB RAM, 2GB more than what OnePlus 3T comes with. So it isn’t unfair to expect OnePlus 5 to sport 8GB RAM.
With Carl Pei promising that OnePlus will stay with Optic AMOLED display for the foreseeable future, we may see the same display technology on the OnePlus 5 too. It isn’t too late to rule out Quad HD display, considering many fans wanted it on the OnePlus 3T. The display size as such could be 5.3-inches.
As for the camera, reports hint at a dual-lens shooter with mixed reality functionality, although no details are available on what exactly the mixed reality feature is supposed to be. Expect the front camera to be no lesser than 16MP, since the OnePlus 3T already boasts of a 16MP front and rear shooter. The battery will certainly be more powerful than OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh and will be accompanied by Dash Charge support.
OnePlus 5: Price and release date
OnePlus 3 launched in the UK for £309 and OnePlus 3T is available for £399. So it’s natural to expect the OnePlus 5 to be priced in the range £400 to £450. OnePlus 5 is likely to be launched at the beginning of Q3 2017, although a Q2 end launch cannot be ruled out.