OnePlus made the decision to launch the beefed-up phone in order to stay competitive within Android, claiming that it named the device “OnePlus 3T” because certain companies use the letter “S” to mark an upgrade and OnePlus wanted to distinguish itself. Well, 2017 is here in full force, and the company known for breaking with its one-phone-a-year cycle for the sake of image and competitiveness won’t let the year pass without releasing a next-generation device. Rumors have consistently confirmed that OnePlus would bypass the number “4” in its next phone moniker and go with “OnePlus 5” instead.
We’ve already told you about the smartphone teaser CEO Pete Lau posted, but the company has now confirmed a number for the phone moniker as well as an announcement time frame. According to The Verge, OnePlus confirmed to the site privately that its upcoming smartphone will arrive this summer. As to the number in the phone moniker (whether “4” or “5”), OnePlus has published a photo on its Twitter page with former NBA star Robert Horry posing in basketball photos while wearing jerseys bearing the number “5.”
In front of the Horry basketball photos is CEO Pete Lau with Robert Horry’s face on his shirt (left) and the person on the right wearing a San Antonio Spurs jersey bearing the number “5.” This is not a coincidence, but a deliberate move by OnePlus. After all, the company has said that a number of its employees are huge fans of Robert Horry and his work, so the number “5” in the phone moniker seems to be a wise move in step with the company’s sports fanaticism.
OnePlus has confirmed a summer launch, though “summer” is given as the time frame (no specific date). OnePlus launched the OnePlus 3 in June, so one can reasonably expect June as the ideal month for a OnePlus 5 launch. The company has still left us in the dark with regard to specs, though rumors indicate a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a dual rear camera combo, the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64/128GB internal storage, a 3,600mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
We’re not surprised to see the number “5” being touted as the next number in the company’s phone lineup, but Droid Turf will not rest until OnePlus 5 specs appear in official documentation.