Chinese industry upstart, OnePlus, has already teased their next smartphone but the latest leak comes via the Chief Executive, Carl Pei, and his Instagram Stories. A still image shows what appears to be a OnePlus 5 with the expected dual rear camera set up. We already understand that the OnePlus 5 is due in the summer at some point, which to most people means June or perhaps even July. OnePlus’ exact wording was, “Hey summer! Give me five!”
OnePlus is believed to have used the number ‘5’ for their next device after the OnePlus 3T because the number ‘4’ is considered to be unlucky in China, and the practice of missing out this particular number is commonplace.
At this juncture, there are no other details available as to the specification of the OnePlus 5 but Suhant Mehta’s tweet of the still from Pei’s Instagram feed is interesting. We had already read rumors that the OnePlus 5 would include a dual rear camera assembly and the image seems to confirm this. If the OnePlus 5 follows previous OnePlus devices it is expected to include a 5.5-inch display. All of OnePlus’ smartphones released so far have included a 1080p resolution display and the two 2016 models, the OnePlus 3 and later OnePlus 3T, used a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel. Earlier flagship models used a 5.5-inch LCD and the mid-range and short-lived OnePlus X, which did not support any U.S. LTE bands, came with a smaller 5-inch display.
There have been other rumors surrounding the possible specification of the OnePlus 5. The industry is expecting the OnePlus 5 to be based around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and will presumably have at least 6GB of RAM, the same as the two OnePlus 3 models. OnePlus may also increase the battery capacity from the OnePlus 3T’s 3,300mAh, and the new phone could include an upgraded version of OnePlus’ successful Dash Charge technology, which manages to quickly recharge the phone whilst keeping the device cool.
As for the OnePlus 5’s software, we would expect the device to run Android 7.0 Nougat at the point of release. OnePlus has increased their efforts into keeping their devices up to date after criticism early in the company’s life, and for the last six months the devices have received updates in a more timely fashion. With summer starting in just a few weeks, it’s going to be interesting to see what OnePlus brings to the smartphone table. The OnePlus 3 was somewhat more conventional compared with earlier OnePlus handsets, but was almost universally liked by the industry. Can OnePlus top the 2016 models with the OnePlus 5? Let us know in comment section.