One of the hottest smartphones of 2017 will be the OnePlus 5. We yet to know if OnePlus will skip a number, but we can assume the OnePlus 4 was actually the OnePlus 3T. In addition, the Asian and Chinese culture considers the number 4 as bad luck. Its release date is also quite uncertain, we can expect it towards the summer. As the manufacturer accustomed us, we shall have high-end components that are comparable with other flagships.
Details about the new device are intriguing, an excellent chance is that the device will be the first to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor alongside a QHD display, up to 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Extreme components like those should have a high price tag but if the OnePlus maintains the last year’s traditions, the price would be more similar to a mid-range phone. A few features would make it insanely good. The body may be aluminum and glass with waterproof capabilities.
OnePlus devices always had good screens but on 1080p resolution. Even the newest device, the OnePlus 3T packed such a display. It may be wise to have a QHD/2k display for the OnePlus 5. As far as displays go, QHD is probably the industry standard at this point. So the chance of a QHD display is great.
From what Carl Pei has said we may also expect a 5.5 inch curved VR ready AMOLED display.
Flagship devices delivering natural and wide pictures and 4k video is a matter of importance. So far OnePlus 3T had adequate sensors, but still lacking comparing with iPhone 7 Plus or Huawei P9. Taking this into account, fingers crossed for dual camera sensors. Other rumors say the camera will be a 21 to 23 megapixel rear camera.
Battery life is important in mobile devices. Most of them hold around one day. Backed by fast charging capabilities high usability is feasible while working a desk job. Besides the slick designs and specifications, we also judge the battery lifetime. By lifetime, meaning how long the last from a full charge. OnePlus devices have a good reputation regarding battery but we still feel there is room for improvements. Taking into consideration that the OnePlus 5 is rumored to pack a Snapdragon 835 that will result in better autonomy. However, some people talk that the device will have a thickness of 7mm, which means a 3000 mAh battery. Even with a lower powered processor that may not be enough to last 48 hours. Our thought is that the battery will be a 3500 to 4000 mAh with Dash Charge. If so the two day dream will be easily accomplished.
Very little to go on regarding costs, but speculations place it under the £500 tag.
If most of this will turnout true, OnePlus 5 will potentially crown the king of smartphones for this current year.