With the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 releases behind us, what’s the next best thing to look forwards to? OnePlus’ next-gen flagship, for sure. The phone has already made quite a fair share of headlines and we’re more than excited to see it arrive on the market this summer, as OnePlus itself confirmed no more than a few days ago.
So what will the OnePlus bring to the table in 2017? Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but the rumor mill provides us with enough speculation on the matter. And in anticipation of the big unveil, we’ve rounded up all the details upcoming flagship – which will be called OnePlus 5 – into one comprehensive post.
05/31/2017 Update: According to a leaked internal email coming to us via GizmoChina, the OnePlus 5 might launch on June 15. The mail was sent out with the purpose of making advertising arrangements for the handset.
06/05/2017 Update: Recent teaser that surfaced on Weibo reveals the OnePlus 5 launch date might be set for June 20, not June 15
06/07/2017 Update: It’s official, the OnePlus 5 will be unveiled on June 20 during a livestream event. The phone will launch in India on June 22, where it will be available for purchase exclusively from Amazon. The online retailer confirmed it will carry the phone.
The Chinese company will host pop-up events that will let you get your hands on the OnePlus 5 in different cities across the globe. Here is the complete list:
- Store: Magnum in New York City, NY at 7:00 PM EDT
- Store: Colette in Paris, France, at 11:00 AM on June 21
- Store: LNFA in Berlin, Germany, at 6:00 PM on June 21
- Store: Daily Paper in Amsterdam at 6:00 PM on June 21
- Store: Elisa in Helsinki at 5:00 PM on June 21
- Store: Elisa in Oulu at 5:00 PM on June 21
- Store: Elisa in Tempere at 5:00 PM on June 21
- Store: Elisa in Turku at 5:00 PM on June 21
- Store: 3 in Copenhagen at 4:00 PM on June 21
Design and Display
- Aluminum body (probably)
- Fingerprint scanner living on the back
- 5.5-inch with FHD or QHD resolution
A few weeks ago a couple of render surfaced revealing that the OnePlus 5 might come with a glass and aluminum body. Like last year’s model, the OnePlus 5 should make it out with a 5.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 resolution. However, some rumors indicate in 2017, OnePlus will take things to the next level and finally deliver a QHD panel (2560 x 1440) for the first time.
At some point, we also heard the phone might come boasting with a curved display similar to the one on the Samsung Galaxy S8. Others expect the OnePlus to follow this year’s trend and deliver a phone with really thin bezels (as indicated by a recent render), but it remains to be seen whether this means we’ll see any curvature of the front panel.
05/15/2017 Update: AnTuTu screenshot confirms the OnePlus 5 will have a 5.5-inch display with fullHD resolution.
05/19/2017 Update: Recent leak shows the back of the OnePlus 5, as well as bottom thus revealing the phone won’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The dual-camera with LED flash is visible on the flagship’s back panel.
05/22/2017 Update: A new surfaced image shows the OnePlus 5’s (vertical) dual camera setup and no antenna lines.
05/22/2017 Update: New images showing the OnePlus 5 complete with a case accessories showed up on Weibo.
06/14/2017 Update: A full image showcasing the OnePlus 5 has leaked online via Tecnoblog. In it we can also see the lower part of the phone including the physical home button.
- Snapdragon 835
- Up to 8GB of RAM
- Up to 256GB of internal storage
- UFS 2.1 storage
There’s one thing most rumors agree upon – like the Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 will take advantage of the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. It’s unclear at the moment, whether the phone will feature 6GB or 8GB of RAM onboard or if the Chinese company will end up offering both versions with 64GB/128GB or 256GB of internal storage.
For example, few days ago, the phone showed up for pre-order GearBest revealing a configuration with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
05/15/2017 Update: New leak reveals the OnePlus 5 scored 176K points in AnTuTu (similar to the Galaxy S8 score). 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage onboard have also been confirmed.
05/25/2017 Update: OnePlus confirmed on its official forums that the OnePlus 5 will feature a Snapdragon 835.
- 12-megapixel dual camera setup
- 8-megapixel selfie camera
The consensus appears to be that the OnePlus 5 will roll-out with a dual-camera setup onboard. According to a second listing, the phone will feature a 12-megapixel combo onboard plus an 8-megapixel selfie sna3.the OnePlus 3T.
On the other hand, Gearbest lists a main 23-megapixel and a 16-megapixel selfie snapper.
12/05/2017 Update: More evidence that the OnePlus 5 will feature a dual camera setup appears in the form of a leaked render and product schematics (which reveal the phone will have a window surrounding the camera area made of ceramic and not glass):
05/15/2017 Update: According to the AnTuTu screenshot, the OnePlus 5 will feature a 16-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter, just as the OnePlus 3T and not a dual-camera setup.
05/17/2017 Update: Here’s yet another confirmation the OnePlus 5 will feature a dual-camera setup. The folks of Android Authority got a hold of an image revealing the back of an alleged OnePlus 5 prototype.
05/19/2017 Update: According to a new leak this year OnePlus will be focusing to improve the camera. Case in point, the phone will come with a camera made in partnership with DxOMark.
06/05/2017 Update: Teaser reveals the OnePlus 5’s dual-camera setup might be horizontal
06/05/2017 Update: New OnePlus 5 camera samples appeared online. The source that leaked the images suggest the dual camera setup will feature two 16-megapixel snappers (one monochrome, since one of the images is in white/black) with f/1.8 aperture
- Google Assistant
- 3.5 mm headphone jack (possible)
- Android 7.1 Nougat with Oxygen OS
- microSD card slot (possible)
- 3,600 mAh battery
We don’t know whether the OnePlus 5 will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack or microSD card slot. the OnePlus 3T retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, so in all possibility the OnePlus 5 will too. As for the microSD card slot, we haven’t seen one since the OnePlus X, but given that most customers do favor the presence of a microSD slot, the OnePlus 5 might come bundling one, although the OnePlust 3T does not. According to Gearbest, the phone will feature a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 128GB.
Recently it was revealed, the OnePlus 5 will feature a 3,600 mAh battery (200 mAh upgrade over last year’s model) which will supposedly bring 25% improvements in terms of charging time. Rumors of a 4,000 mAh battery or 2,600 mAh one have also been thrown around.
A leaked screenshot allegedly depicting the About Phone section on the unreleased phone revealed the device will have Android 7.1.2 Nougat onboard, alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Given that the image lists HydrogenOS as the ROM, we’ll have to assume the OnePlus 5 will arrive in China with this configuration.
05/22/2017 Update: Attention, attention! It appears the OnePlus 5 will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, according to a teaser by the company’s CEO. It seems it’s going to live on top of the device, perhaps to make room for an extra speaker.
Why did the headphone jack cross the road? https://t.co/8sSXI8zB8y
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) May 19, 2017
06/07/2017 Update: @evleaks just revealed an OnePlus 5 variant with 8GB of RAM will be available in India, although we don’t know if this particular model will be offered on the global market as well.
"OnePlus 5 powered by 2.35GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM will release on 22 June 2017 as an exclusive at Amazon.in."
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 7, 2017
06/14/2017 Update: In a recent post on Weibo, OnePlus’ CEO Pete Lau (or Liu Zuohu) hinted that the OnePlus 5 will launch with the latest UFS 2.1 storage capabilities. UFS storage on the OnePlus 5 is great news, as the technology allows for faster read and write times and speedier file transfers.
OnePlus’s next “flagship killer” is expected to come with a price-tag of around $500 or slightly lower. However, Gearbest lists the international version with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as having a hefty $688 price-tag.
As for availability, expect the phone to arrive this summer. As the company itself puts it “Hey Summer! Give me five!”.