Update, June 20: Don’t forget that the OnePlus 5 launch event is today, 5pm UK time. You can watch a live stream of the event via the YouTube player embedded above.
Read on for everything we know about the OnePlus 5 so far. We’ll be publishing a full review of the OnePlus 5 later today.
OnePlus 5: Details, leaks, expected price
The OnePlus 5, the follow-up to the excellent OnePlus 3T Android smartphone, launches on June 20. In classic OnePlus style, the OnePlus 5 will debut via an online livestream that starts at 5pm UK time (12pm EDT), as well as at several pop-up events in London, New York, and other cities in Europe.
Details on the OnePlus 5 other than its release date are thin on the ground, but the company has revealed that it’s skipping the OnePlus 4 (four being an unlucky number in China), as well as equipping the phone with the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. That’s the same SoC found on flagship devices like the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.
As with its previous phones, OnePlus is expected to charge far less for the OnePlus 5 than the likes of Samsung or HTC, whose devices typically retail for around £600+. The OnePlus 3, which came equipped with a then brand new Snapdragon 820, launched at a mere £330.
OnePlus has also announced a partnership with DxO, the company behind the well-known photography benchmark DxOMark. The OnePlus 5 features a dual-camera setup, which should prove better than the weak cameras attached to its older devices. One of the cameras will apparently use a monochrome sensor to improve the camera’s black-and-white photo-taking skills.
Another issue that OnePlus has suffered from in the past, customer service, will also apparently be improved.
In addition to the official announcements, several publications have shared what appear to be renders of the OnePlus 5, as well as supposed leaked specifications. These include a sleeker, curvier design, a fingerprint scanner, 64GB of storage, and fast charging. The type of storage used by the OnePlus 5 will apparently be upgraded to Universal Flash Storage (UFS); the OnePlus 3 used eMMC, which is a lot slower than UFS.
If the results of a Twitter poll conducted by OnePlus CEO Carl Pei are anything to go by, the OnePlus 5 will also sport a headphone jack.
While OnePlus devices have always been an excellent value, as well as well-designed, software support has been a sore point. With the launch of the 3T, OnePlus indicated it had reorganised its software team to better deal with development of Oxygen OS, its version of Android.
Hopefully that means OnePlus will talk about swifter software updates for the OnePlus 5 on launch day and not just hardware specifications.
This story has been updated with additional details/rumours.
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