OnePlus is getting ready to come out with its fourth/fifth flagship phone (depending on whether you consider the 3T a flagship), called the OnePlus 5. The Chinese company is skipping the number 4 altogether (a move reminiscent of Samsung skipping the number 6 and going for the Note 7) because it represents bad luck in Chinese tradition, for instance, the word for four being very similar to death in Chinese. OnePlus has been putting out winners ever since they debuted the OnePlus One in 2014. The company has gone on to establish itself as THE leader in budget flagship smartphones. The OnePlus 3 and the 3T were no exceptions. They offered great battery life, specs and an unbeatable price tag for the value upfront. The OnePlus 5 should be no different. Here are the latest rumours and leaks about it:
The OnePlus line has made itself unique by offering beefy specs at a low price tag. The latest model, the OnePlus 3T has 6 GB of RAM, 64-128 GB of storage, 16-megapixel front and rear facing cameras, a 1080p, full HD display, a 5.5-inch screen and the Snapdragon 821 SoC. The OnePlus 5 is rumoured to step up the game all the way.
It is rumoured to have the same RAM and storage options but a 25-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 12-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5.5-inch, curved, AMOLED display with a 1080p FHD resolution. The OnePlus 5 is rumoured to have a 4000 mAh battery (up from the 3T’s 3400 mAh battery), increasing the battery life to well over a day, translating to 7-8 hour of screen time under heavy use. It will also run Android 7.1 Nougat, right out of the box. The phone may sport Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 chip that will appear on most Android flagships this year.
The phone will still have the dash charge feature it is now famous for, to deliver “a day’s power in half an hour”. There’s no word on the headphone jack yet.
The OnePlus 3/3T had a very premium feel to them. Their metal design and solid build never let on that they were budget smartphones. Now, the rumours are that the OnePlus 5 will have a new glass design and a matte black variant like the OnePlus 3T Colette Edition. The phone will also have a rating of IP68, something it was sorely lacking last year. Being fully water and dust resistant is now a standard for any flagship. The Google Pixel was criticised heavily last year for not having it.
Remember, these are only rumours at this point and should be taken with a grain of salt. The OnePlus 5 was earlier rumoured to have a ceramic chassis. Judging by the history of the company, the phone will come out sometime in late Q2 or early Q3 of 2017.