OnePlus 5: A Roundup of what we know so far

Tuesday, June 20th is just a few days away now, the date OnePlus has selected to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5, and, as usual, interested buyers and fans are hyped and anticipating its arrival. The event will be held online beginning at 12:00PM EST with accompanying pop-up events happening in major cities. Here’s what we know and what you can expect to see.

It’s typical of OnePlus to announce its flagship this time of year, as it has been the case for many years past. Holding an online event is no surprise either, since it was the case for OnePlus 2 and OnePlus 3T. Only OnePlus can ultimately lay the mystery surrounding its upcoming flagship to rest, but we can give you a roundup of what we know so far.

For starters, OnePlus is skipping over the OnePlus 4 and will go straight to the OnePlus 5. There will seemingly be just one model, for now at least. We know that OnePlus will stick with an aluminum metal design (with the removal of the back cover antenna bands) on the OnePlus 5, and we’ve heard and seen quite a few photos of the phone sporting a dual rear camera setup said to be worked on in collaboration with DxOMark.

An 8GB LPDDR4 RAM variant could arrive alongside of a 6GB LPDDR4 RAM variant, meaning that the Chinese OEM could be ready to push the envelope with regard to RAM in high-end Android flagships. 64GB and 128GB storage variants are expected to return in the OnePlus 5 as well, along with a dual SIM card slot that will allow two carrier SIMs to load in one handset.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC should arrive in the OnePlus 5, with battery and graphics improvements, though the OnePlus 5’s battery is said to be 3,300mAh, smaller than that found in the current OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 5 is expected to run OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat pre-installed, as Android O is yet to release.

The OnePlus 5 has been leaked by OnePlus itself in press renders, and full leaks of the device have risen to the surface, all confirming that the time isn’t long before the OnePlus 5 goes official. Official colors for the upcoming handset are said to be Black, a Bluish Purple, Red, and Gold. Apart from photos of the device’s design, a OnePlus 5 case made by the Chinese OEM actually fits on the Oppo R11, which shows the identical design of two different phones from the same parent company behind their manufacturers (Oppo and OnePlus).

There’s a new accomplishment we don’t want to go under the radar with the upcoming announcement: A UK carrier will apparently carry the handset for the first time. Carrier support is a big deal in the world of high-end smartphones, and this carrier pickup is a huge deal for OnePlus. And yet, while this is an indication of good things to come, it’s a reminder that US customers won’t be able to find the OnePlus 5 at carrier retail stores. All in all, the O2 UK carrier exclusive is both an accomplishment and an angst.

While we can assert with ease what we know so far, we do have some unanswered questions about the phone and the manufacturer. First, has OnePlus improved its customer support? The OEM took things to its OnePlus Forums to stress its growth from 5 to over 500 personnel who are able to troubleshoot and handle problems at a moment’s notice. Other issues pertain to the invite system that may see return – for India customers at least, whose media members are already getting invites to buy the OnePlus 5. The old invite system of the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 rears its ugly head here.

Are there enough SoCs for OnePlus to keep up with what could be a good deal of demand? OnePlus has assured us on social media that it has the SoCs to meet the demand, but can the OEM adequately prepare for demand in advance? That’s seems to have been a big “no” thus far in OnePlus’ journey as an Android manufacturer.

The price is another factor: sure, we’ve seen an estimate of €550 for European pricing, which converts itself to perhaps $550 in the US. Some analysts are still holding out for a $479 USD price tag for US buyers, but we’ve also heard rumors that the OnePlus 5 could end up with a price tag of around $600 due to all the new mobile photography tweaks and improvements.

OnePlus has had a bad habit of discontinuing production on flagships after a year or less. The OnePlus 3 was quickly succeeded by the OnePlus 3T, with no more than five months in-between, and consumers were assured at the time that it was done for the sake or urgency: staying updated in the Android spec race with high-end rivals. However, we are now coming up on the OnePlus 5 unveil, and the OnePlus 3T will soon be discontinued due to the manufacturer’s efforts to “focus on just one flagship.” Will the OnePlus 5 be able to grow long in the tooth, or will the OnePlus 5 be discontinued six months from now for the OnePlus 5T? This is a question that has not been answered.

The OnePlus 5, from all we’ve seen and heard, appears to be yet another flagship that keeps up with the premium segment in the spec race at an extremely competitive price point, though OnePlus (like other companies) could always have a trick or two up its sleeve.

Droid Turf will be covering the event wall-to-wall, as well as everything leading up to it and post event analysis as well as insight.

The date is closely approaching, so now would be a good time to catch up on all the latest rumors and leaks. Unless of course you like surprises! Below is an outline containing all the detailed stories. Simply click the name of each headline to be redirected to the article page where you’ll be able to explore the topic in full depth.

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UPDATE:

OnePlus 5 officially announced: Here is everything you need to know

OnePlus 5: Here’s the full spec list

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Deidre Richardson is a columnist who's covered Samsung extensively for the past two years but had her start covering Apple and Google news. She's covered tech news across the board but has been consumed with writing thought-provoking columns that present tech in an interesting way. Having picked up her first smartphone in 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3, Deidre has gone on to own and recently review smartphones such as the Pixel and Pixel XL, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy S7 Active, OnePlus 3, LG G5, HTC 10, Moto G4, ZTE ZMAX Pro, the LG Nexus 5, and others. Deidre is a former owner (a proud one, at that) of the now-deceased Galaxy Note 7. Her career in tech now spans 6 years, though she's always growing, ever learning.