Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will be launching the new flagship smartphone in the summer of 2017, and it will be called as OnePlus 5. The company has confirmed about the launch to The Verge. Also, according to a Weibo report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has said that the smartphone will come with ‘a big surprise’. The OnePlus 5 will come after OnePlus 3 and its upgraded version, the OnePlus 3T. OnePlus has become a huge brand in many markets all over the globe because it offers amazing features, which are comparable to the flagship devices from Apple and Samsung, and that too at much lesser costs. If OnePlus 5 continues the trend it will be an exciting time to witness the strategies of the bigger rivals.
As the speculations are rife about the launch of a new smartphone, questions arise, why the company will not bring the OnePlus 4, as the last phone was the OnePlus 3T. It has been rumoured that this may be because the number ‘4’ is considered unlucky in China. Meanwhile, it is expected that the OnePlus 5 smartphone could be launched soon, in ‘Midnight Black’ colour. Famous tipster, Evan Blass had earlier tweeted a picture which showcases a wallpaper from what appears to be the new OnePlus smartphone. In the picture one can see, written in bold letters are the words ‘Never Settle’ and in the background, there is molten black lava and shades of red and orange.
You know what this means, don’t you? pic.twitter.com/rBCiDUSGHn
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 7, 2017
Apart from the leak by Evan Blass, even Android Police’s David Ruddock posted on Twitter, mentioning OnePlus’ co-founder Carl Pei, asking him whether one can expect a ‘dark’ announcement sometime soon. Pei in turn, replied to the tweet, with a GIF of wolves howling at night under a full moon.
In terms of specifications, the OnePlus 5 might feature a ceramic body with 4,000mAh battery alongside a 6GB RAM. Another report in Chinese publication PCPop claimed that OnePlus could come in an 8GB RAM model as well. The phone might also have a 16MP front camera, a 5.5-inch display ( Full HD (1080p) SAMOLED display we saw on the OnePlus 3 and 3T) and the Snapdragon 835 processor, according to various reports. The phone may not have the 2K display as the prices would increase by a big margin.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 6, 2017
Meanwhile, the biggest change might be the dual-rear camera, according to various leaks. OnePlus 5 might have a camera setup like the iPhone 7 Plus with a wide-angle and a telephoto lens or it might go for a monochrome and RGB lens. We will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Kumamoto Technology on Weibo had claimed that the two rear cameras will be placed horizontally. Additionally, there have been rumours that a 23MP rear camera might be present in the device, but again that is not confirmed.
Earlier, a mobile retail website, OppoMart had listed the OnePlus 5 on its portal, where it showed a vertical dual rear camera setup. A $449 price tag has been put on the device. But it is advisable to not buy or assume the price and features are correct until the device is officially launched by the company.
In terms of price in India, OnePlus has always targetted the mid-premium range, and following its trends with OnePlus 2, 3 and 3T, it is expected that the new smartphone, OnepPlus 5 will be priced around Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000.