As confirmed exclusively by OnePlus to The Verge, the next flagship handset from the Chinese smartphone maker is set to be launched this summer, and it will be dubbed OnePlus 5.
OnePlus is known worldwide for launching flagship handsets that are not only beautifully-crafted, but also pack a lot of power under the hood. Its 2016 models OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were among the most popular and highly-rated flagship smartphones of the year, for their sublime finish and top-of-the-line rear camera and processor. In a numerical sequence that the company is following, the handset branding that should follow OnePlus 3 and 3T is OnePlus 4. But get this: tetraphobia, the fear of the number 4, is apparently a thing in China, and it’s taken rather seriously.
So seriously in fact, that OnePlus has decided to skip OnePlus 4 altogether, and settled on OnePlus 5 for a name for this year’s handset. There are other reasons provided by OnePlus, of course, including the fact that OnePlus 3T was the fourth handset launched by the company, so they decided not to use OnePlus 4 for the fifth flagship.
Moreover, former NBA star and 6-time champion Robert Horry is a bit of a cult figure at OnePlus, with pictures hanging at the Schenzen office, and he played with the number 5 on his back, so OnePlus has decided to label their next flagship OnePlus 5 in tribute to the former LA Lakers, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs player. While we don’t accept the last reason for how OnePlus puts it, we don’t have a choice but to go with it.
As for the handset’s specs, Kumamoto Technology on Weibo posted that it will flaunt a dual-lens rear camera as well as the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It might not feature the bezel-less display that’s been trending this year and considered almost a standard for flagship handsets, but it’s tipped to come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, similar to the OnePlus 3T.