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 has been unmasked ahead of its release date.
New photographs of the hotly-anticipated smartphone have been shared across social media.
The latest leaks appear to confirm that OnePlus 5 will ship with a dual camera set-up similar to those one of the LG G6, Huawei P10 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Elsewhere, the physical Home Button – and presumably, the accompanying fingerprint scanner that was included in previous OnePlus smartphones – look set to make a return, too.
However the Alert Slider, a physical switch on the side of the phone that lets OnePlus owners quickly toggle between Silent, Priority and All Notifications without unlocking the device, appears to have been ditched.
The leaked promotional photographs appear to show two vertically-stacked camera lens, believed to be 16-megapixel sensors.
The latest leaked photos of the device appear to confirm the Alert Slider will be dropped
OnePlus appears to have located the LED flash beneath the dual lens.
Meanwhile, the volume rocker and power button appear to be located on the right hand-side of the OnePlus 5.
Its predecessor – OnePlus 3T – had the volume keys on the left edge alongside the physical alert switcher.
If the latter has been dropped from the next-generation OnePlus smartphone, that's a little disappointing.
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The ability to quickly silence your notifications with the flick of a button (rather than having to unlock the phone and navigate the Android settings menu) was something we praised in our OnePlus 3T review.
The Alert Slider, pictured on the side of the OnePlus 3 here, was a brilliant feature
These new latest leaked shots arrive courtesy of Chinese social media site Weibo.
Regardless of the veracity of these new images, it's clear that photography is going to be a headline feature in the OnePlus 5.
The Chinese smartphone startup has already confirmed that it is working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
It 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."
OnePlus 3T – In Pictures Wed, May 10, 2017
The OnePlus 3 was a phenomenal smartphone and therefore by default, so is the OnePlus 3T. The changes to the OnePlus 3T haven’t taken away any of the magic of the OnePlus 3.
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OnePlus 3T is a phenomenal smartphone – at a borderline budget price
OnePlus 5 is rumoured to have a dramatic new industrial design, reminiscent of the Galaxy S8, thanks to its edge-to-edge display.
Some reports have pointed to a ceramic body for the OnePlus 5. However, these might not necessarily all be available at launch.
Earlier this week, Qualcomm confirmed on Twitter that the upcoming OnePlus 5 would be powered by its most powerful processor.
"#OnePlus5 is coming soon and we couldn't be more excited that it's powered by #Snapdragon 835," the chipset company posted on the social network.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is 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.
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) May 24, 2017
OnePlus CEO Peter Lau previously praised the performance of the company's next-generation handset.
Writing on the official blog, he said the chip "sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance".
"With graphically-demanding apps, for example, you'll notice how fast they load and how well they run," he added.
The tweet from Qualcomm brings new credence to a leaked benchmark published by GSM Arena earlier this month.
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OnePlus 5 appears to be faster than the latest handset from Samsung
The alleged Geekbench benchmark test showed the OnePlus 5 outperforming the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Geekbench scores are designed to help users quickly compare performance across different computers and different platforms without getting bogged down in details of specs.
When comparing scores – higher scores are better, and double the score indicates double the performance.
The leaked benchmark for the OnePlus 5 shows a 1963 single-core performance, and 6687 in the multi-core test.
That's pretty much toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S8 got when it comes to single-core performance, 1978.
However, the OnePlus 5 purportedly speeds ahead when it comes to the multi-core score, where the Samsung Galaxy S8 clocks in at 6375.
Since the OnePlus 5 will be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset as the Galaxy S8, this difference in power is most likely due to more RAM in the OnePlus.
The OnePlus 5 will also run a different version of Android 7.1 Nougat.
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.
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The OnePlus 5 specs sheet has purportedly leaked online in its entirety
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.
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.