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
The OnePlus 5 release date has been confirmed by CEO Pete Lau.
The OnePlus founder revealed the company's next flagship smartphone will launch on June 20th in a tweet.
OnePlus 5 will be unveiled during a keynote that will be streamed across the globe on Tuesday June 20th at 12pm EDT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST / 7pm EEST.
"Ever since we dropped the news that the OnePlus 5 is on its way, we’ve been bombarded with questions," OnePlus shared on its forums.
"When are you launching the new phone? Where can I buy it? Does it have *insert feature*?
"We’re excited to announce that we’ll be sharing the answers to these and other questions soon.
OnePlus 5 launch has been teased with the strapline, Focus On What Matters
"Join us live at 12:00 PM EDT on June 20 for the exclusive online reveal of the OnePlus 5.
"During our official keynote, we’ll talk at length about what makes the OnePlus 5 special. But, the celebrations don’t end there!
Ever since we dropped the news that the OnePlus 5 is on its way, we’ve been bombarded with questions
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"Following our keynote, we hope to see you at our pop-up events around the globe."
OnePlus has launched a new webpage dedicated to the OnePlus 5 launch that includes the tagline, Focus On What Matters.
The tagline seems to be a pretty strong hint at the camera capabilities of the OnePlus 5.
The flagship Android handset is rumoured to sport a dual camera set-up, like rival devices from Huawei, LG and Apple.
— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) June 6, 2017
Earlier this month, 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.
The Chinese startup last month confirmed it has been working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
The tagline purportedly printed on the side of the OnePlus 5 package hints at a dual camera
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.
"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 has also publicly shared a side-by-side comparison of one photograph taken with the OnePlus 5 and one from a rival device.
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 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.
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
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.