OnePlus 5 – Leaked photos, concept images, and renders Sun, May 7, 2017
OnePlus 5 looks like one of the smartphones to beat this year. Following a slew of rumours from the Chinese supply chain, a number of designers have cooked-up high-resolution renders of what the smartphone could look like, when it launches in the UK this summer.
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OnePlus 5 will be the next flagship smartphone from the plucky start-up
OnePlus 5 release date is fast approaching, with the flagship smartphone purportedly set to launch this summer.
Ahead of the upcoming launch, OnePlus has teased a few details about its next-generation phone.
Semiconductor company Qualcomm this month confirmed rumours that the OnePlus 5 would be powered by its top-end processor, Snapdragon 835.
That's the same processor you'll find under the hood of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, HTC U11 and the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
OnePlus has also revealed it is working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
OnePlus has already teased how important photography will be to the OnePlus 5
The Chinese smartphone startup posted on its official blog, "We’re happy to announce that we have teamed up with DxO to enhance your photography experience with our upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 5.
"DxO is perhaps most well-known for creating the defining photography benchmark, the DxOMark.
"They’ve got years of imaging experience and expertise, both for professional cameras and for smartphones.
"Working alongside DxO, we’re confident the OnePlus 5 will be capable of capturing some of the clearest photos around."
And now, OnePlus has published the first official photograph taken with the camera on the OnePlus 5.
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One of these photographs was shot with the OnePlus 5, the company teased
OnePlus tweeted a photo split in half, where both halves were taken with different smartphone models.
One of these is the OnePlus 5, the company has confirmed. Presumably, the other is an older model by OnePlus, although this is not verified by the company.
It's easy to see which is the superior shot.
The right hand-side of the snap is much sharper, with almost none of the noise that distorts the left hand-side of the image.
Colours are more vibrant and blacks are deeper.
Can you tell which photo was taken with the OnePlus 5? pic.twitter.com/Pd27la4ewn
— OnePlus (@oneplus) May 29, 2017
It's just a better photo, which is kind of the point.
The rear camera on the OnePlus 5 is widely-tipped to include two lens, like the set-up feature on the LG G6, iPhone 7 Plus and Huawei P10.
Based on the first photo published by the company, low-light photography is going to be a priority for this snapper.
The successor to last year's OnePlus 3T will purportedly boast a 4,000 mAh battery.
For comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery cell, and the Galaxy S8+ 3,500 mAh.
Leaked photos of the upcoming flagship hint at a possible dual camera set-up
OnePlus 5 will have a 5.5inch multi-touch display with a 2560×1440 resolution – a step-up from the Chinese company's current flagship device, OnePlus 3T, which has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Charging and syncing is expected to be handled via USB Type-C.
Unfortunately, those who were hoping this new flagship handset would retail at the same almost-budget price tag that OnePlus has used for its previous smartphones might be disappointed.
Sources speaking to Android Authority have claimed the pluckily Chinese startup is this year looking to use “more costly components”.
This move towards the high-end would dramatically increase the price of the OnePlus 5.
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According to the source, OnePlus is “looking at a significantly higher price point due to components and design” – with some whispers placing the next OnePlus handset at as much as $650 (roughly £500).
That's a significant step-up from the firm's last phone, which retailed for £399.
For comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8 is available for £689 and the entry-level iPhone 7 will set you back £599.
It's true that OnePlus has been gradually increasing the price of its smartphones with each new generation – exempt the low-cost and short-lived OnePlus X.
However, this would be the single biggest price bump we've seen so far, and it could easily backfire.