The OnePlus 3 and then, OnePlus 3T, arrived on the market in 2016, but it’s that time of year again when the Android OEM looks to release another followup to the latest iteration of its smartphone lineup.
Sure, the OnePlus 3T may have been released a bit too quickly after the OnePlus 3, with the previous generation being discontinued in some places, but the OnePlus 3T was designed to capitalize on some tech trends (such as the Snapdragon 821 SoC instead of the 820) that would benefit the consumer faster than waiting for an entire 12 months. Now, rumors about the OnePlus 5 are making the rounds, and the latest report out of China says that OnePlus will bring bumped-up internals and camera performance to its future iteration.
The OnePlus 5, according to a new report, may feature a 5.5-inch, Quad HD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440p screen resolution, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 23MP rear camera, a near bezel-less design, and a 3,000mAh battery. We’ve long heard that the next iteration of the series would be OnePlus 5, and not OnePlus 4, due to cultural tetraphobia in China. The report doesn’t specify the exact nature as to why OnePlus would skip ‘4’ for ‘5,’ seeing that companies like Samsung skipped Galaxy Note 6 in favor of Galaxy Note 7. It’s likely that tetraphobia is the answer here, but one can only speculate.
The octa-core Snapdragon 835 would be a huge improvement in graphics and raw power as compared to the incremental Snapdragon 821. The Quad HD screen resolution could be a welcome change from the Full HD Super AMOLED panels OnePlus has been utilizing from Samsung for its high-end series. The OnePlus 2 had a rather dim screen, but OnePlus really upped its game when it utilized Super AMOLED panels from Samsung in the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. If you’ve enjoyed the Full HD panel of the OnePlus 3T, you should anticipate a glorious viewing experience on the OnePlus 5. We don’t know if the panel will be a typical LCD or Samsung AMOLED, but we’re assuming the latter. The 23MP rear camera rumor sounds somewhat unlikely, but OnePlus did include 16MP front and back cameras on past devices; the OnePlus 5 would have a slightly larger back camera.
The near bezel-less design will catch the attention of some OnePlus fans, which means that the coveted fingerprint-embedded home button will have to leave the front of the display for its backside. Back-mounted fingerprint sensors are not everyone’s cup of tea, but such is the price consumers will pay until Synaptics gets its under-the-glass solution just right.
Other rumors about the OnePlus 5 include the use of dual-edge, curved screens, a ceramic body to match that of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix, 8GB of RAM as opposed to the 6GB of RAM found in the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, a new 256GB storage option to surpass the new generous 128GB option for the Gunmetal Gray and Midnight Black OnePlus 3T variants, and a 4,000mAh battery unit.
Stay tuned to Droid Turf as we bring you more details on the OnePlus 5.