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 is rumoured to launch later this month, according to the latest whispers online.
Ahead of the launch of the hotly-anticipated flagship smartphone, new images have appeared online that appear to confirm one of the most prominent rumours about the device.
A photograph purporting to show the final retail packaging for the OnePlus 5, obtained and published by blog Android Authority, seemingly confirms that the phone will have a dual camera set-up.
“Dual Camera. Clearer Photos,” a tagline on the side of the alleged retail box reads.
Unfortunately, there are no other angles of the packaging, nor are there any pictures of the phone to back-up the design hinted at by the slogan.
The tagline purportedly printed on the side of the OnePlus 5 package hints at a dual camera
Dual camera or not, photography looks set to be one of the selling points for the OnePlus 5.
The Chinese startup last month confirmed it has been working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
The company 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.
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"Working alongside DxO, we’re confident the OnePlus 5 will be capable of capturing some of the clearest photos around."
OnePlus 5 looks set to boast a dual camera set-up, like rival devices from Apple, Huawei and LG
OnePlus then posted a side-by-side comparison between a photograph taken with the OnePlus 5 and one with a rival device.
Leaked images that seemingly confirmed the dual camera design appeared online earlier this year.
The amateur shots also appeared to confirm the new phone would not sport a traditional 3.5mm headphone port.
Carl Pei was asked by one of his social media followers to talk "about where the headphone jack went
Outspoken OnePlus CEO Carl Pei confronted the rumours head-on on Twitter, replying to a number of concerned fans.
Carl Pei was asked by one of his social media followers to talk "about where the headphone jack went".
The OnePlus boss replied with the quip – "Why did the headphone jack cross the road?"
Many have taken this to mean that, while the headphone port could be repositioned in the next OnePlus smartphone, it is unlikely to dropped completely.
The OnePlus boss has addressed fans' concerns with a cryptic hint
A number of these leaked photographs reveal that there is no 3.5mm headphone port on the bottom of the phone, leaving only a USB Type-C.
However, it's easy to read the tweet by Carl Pei as confirmation that the headphone port will simply be flipped to the top of the OnePlus 5.
By the same token, an increasing number of manufacturers are turning their back on this legacy port.
Apple dropped the headphone port from its flagship iPhone range last year, alongside rival Android manufacturers including Motorola and HTC.
Elsewhere, OnePlus 5 – 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.
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 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.