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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The OnePlus 5 leaks continue.
OnePlus' latest flagship smartphone is being readied for a summer launch – and as a result, the number of leaks have increased in the last few days.
But the most recent leaked handset looks almost nothing like the other prototypes we've appear online in the run-up to the launch.
Published to social media site Weibo and shared by blog SlashLeaks, the photograph claims to show the final design of the OnePlus 5.
And it looks extremely similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The phone pictured has the same matte black finish and subtle antenna lines that snake around the corners on the rear of the phone.
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The latest alleged photo of the OnePlus 5 looks nothing like the previous leaks
OnePlus also appears to have taken a leaf from Apple's book when it comes to the dual camera set-up, which now sits horizontally in the top left-hand corner.
Previous leaks have shown the smartphone with vertically stacked camera lens, with a design similar to the current generation OnePlus 3T.
OnePlus has confirmed that the camera will be one of the OnePlus 5’s main features.
The Chinese startup is working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
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Previous OnePlus 5 leaks show a vertically-stacked dual camera set-up above the logo
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."
According to the latest leaked benchmarks, OnePlus 5 could be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S8 – thanks to its 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm SnapDragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM.
In previous years, OnePlus has marketed its borderline-budget smartphones as "flagship killers", but this year, it might actually prove to be true.
The OnePlus 5 specs sheet has purportedly leaked online in its entirety
OnePlus 5 is also tipped to sport a dual camera set-up, fingerprint scanner, and 64GB of expandable storage.
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.
So far, so good.
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However, 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.
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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.
OnePlus confirmed the name of its next phone to technology blog The Verge last month.
The company will skip the OnePlus 4 moniker entirely, jumping ahead to OnePlus 5 for the successor to last year's OnePlus 3T.
The reason behind the movie is tetraphobia – a widespread superstition, most common in East Asian nations, that associates the number four with bad luck.
One possible reason for the prevalence of this superstition is because in China, the number four is almost homophonous with the word for "death" or "decease".
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.