19/06/2017

OnePlus 5 - The Leaks and What We Know

OnePlus 5 - The Leaks and What We Know

The self-proclaimed “Flagship-Killer” brand has another entry into the market due in 2017. And whilst Chinese traditions are being kept up with, the phone itself could be a little different to what we are expecting. Here is what we know:

The OnePlus 5 follows the 3T release last year, and the Chinese company have confirmed the name of its next smartphone and that it will be available for order in ‘Summer 2017’.

OnePlus have positioned their brand as a smartphone with high-end hardware at a cost much lower than the top phones by Apple, Samsung and even Sony in previous years, an achievement they have consistently won plaudits and positive reviews for.

The 3T was an impressive phone at an equally impressive price, around £400 on release, making it one of the best value phones on the market.

The phones aren’t perfect and the company is still in its infancy, but here’s hoping they have learned from some of the criticisms.

What’s been said…

OnePlus has announced that the OnePlus 5 will be revealed on June 20th, 2017. Stuff Magazine got the world exclusive first leaked photos. The pictures don’t reveal too much detail – but press images are meant to entice, not inform. So, courtesy of leaks and hearsay, this is what we know so far.

The design has a hint of iPhone about it. The brand has long had a design ‘issue’ whereby it ‘copies’ others – the OnePlus 3 looked similar to the LG Nexus handset. Of course, by accident, no one is saying OnePlus is stealing a design. However, this doesn’t help in terms of building brand loyalty.

In terms of technology, what do we know? The device will have a 23MP main camera sensor – built by Sony. The device will have two rear-facing sensors, no word yet on the megapixels of the secondary camera. However, no word on the front facing handset camera.

The device will have a 5.8” display which is larger than the 3T with its 5.5” 1080p AMOLED display technology, created by Samsung. However, Samsung have been procured to help manufacture the screen technology for this device. No word on technology or pixel rates yet.

To jack or not to jack? Ever since Apple removed the earphone jack, it has been a case of who’ll be the next to ditch the jack? It looks like OnePlus 5 will be ditching the jack – another nod to the iPhone surely?

Under the bonnet, the device will have two variants: One with 6Gb of RAM and another with 8Gb of RAM. There will also be variance in storage with one having 64Gb and the other 128Gb. In terms of processing power, the OnePlus flagship will use the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon technology – perhaps the 821 chipsets?

Alas, all we have is rumour and we will have to wait until June 20th to find out more.

UPDATE

The live event can be streamed from 5pm UK time at https://oneplus.net/uk/launch

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