OnePlus is on the verge of releasing the next phone in its line-up that’ll challenge the likes of the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Over the last few years the company has gained ground by producing premium-looking smartphones at affordable prices.
Like fellow Chinese company Huawei, the OnePlus phones are now being favourably compared to Apple, Samsung and Sony devices.
Although the last OnePlus device was called the OnePlus 3T – this new version is going to be called the OnePlus 5.
The new phone is believed to be coming in the next few weeks – with internet rumours reaching boiling point.
We’ve rounded up all the latest gossip into one place, so you can see what we know about the next OnePlus phone right here.
After months of rumours surrounding its next product, the OnePlus 5, there is now an official release date.
The company has launched a web page with a countdown to the official launch – which takes place on June 20 at 5pm UK time. There will be several pop-up events to mark the phone’s unveiling.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau also tweeted to confirm the official date.
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Although the company hasn’t expanded on the date with any other news about the phone – we have a good idea of what to expect.
The OnePlus 5 is due to be revealed on June 20, 2017.
That doesn’t mean you’ll be able to run out and buy it straight away.
Hopefully, the phone will be on our shelves by the beginning of July. It’s reasonable to expect about a month from the first unveiling to the official release date.
So we should get the new phone just as summer hits its stride.
Price has made OnePlus the success it is. Being able to offer less affluent customers the same specs as their iPhone-toting friends has won the Chinese brand legions of fans.
However, the more recent handsets have seen a bump in price – most notably due to the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
It’s unlikely that the OnePlus 4 will come out with the same £600+ price tag that adorns the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7.
Best guess is that the OnePlus 4 will probably arrive with a £400/£450 price point and the current OnePlus 3T will be downgraded to £350.
A leaked picture allegedly showing a OnePlus 5 in its packaging appears to have confirmed the main new feature of the phone.
In a picture obtained by Android Authority, the words “Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.” can clearly be seen stamped along the side.
As with the iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6 and Huawei P10, OnePlus is clearly adopting a dual-lens set up and is preparing to compete with its rivals on picture quality as well as price.
Smartphones have followed predictable upgrade cycles for a few years now, so predicting the innards of the OnePlus 4 isn’t too tricky.
In fact, a website has been set up solely devoted to the new phone. Those behind OnePlus4.net claim to have been given detailed information on what’s under the new phone’s bonnet.
They claim it will feature 8GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 830 processor with the same 5.5-inch Full HD display and 64GB of on-board storage.
Meanwhile, the battery could be a massive 4,000mAh power pack that supports the company’s much-publicised “Dash Charge” feature.
For those unaware, the Dash Charge concept transplants much of the charging mojo from the phone itself to the adapter. That allows it to regulate temperature and energy flow. The result is, in OnePlus’ words, “a day’s power in half an hour”.
The fast charging technology has been a big deal for OnePlus over the last year and we don’t expect any different from the OnePlus 4.
Some new pictures seem to show the upcoming OnePlus 5 is following Apple with a very specific design decision.
Like the iPhone 7, the OnePlus 5 could arrive WITHOUT a 3.5mm headphone jack. That would mean relying on Bluetooth headphones or finding a new set that run from a USB Type-C port.
It would also mean that you couldn’t charge the phone and listen to wired headphones at the same time.
The pictures have been widely shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, but there’s been no official comment from OnePlus.
Of course, these images are far from conclusive – and there’s always the option that OnePlus has placed the headphone jack elsewhere on the phone.
Development of the new OnePlus phone looks to be underway according to a tweet from Evan Blass.
Blass has a great track record when it comes to new smartphones and he recently tweeted an image believed to be the homescreen of the next OnePlus phone.
We’ve no idea what to make of this – other than OnePlus is obviously continuing with its “Never Settle” mantra.
Many expected the Chinese company to follow up the OnePlus 3T with a OnePlus 4 smartphone.
But it seems the company could jump straight to the OnePlus 5 – as the number four is considered unlucky in China. The word for the number is almost the same as the word for death or disease.
What’s more, the CEO of OnePlus, Peter Lau, has just posted a teaser image showing a cartoon phone under construction on his Weibo account .
It doesn’t give much away, but we can assume the new device is already in production.
Other rumours are sure to circulate about the phone as its official unveiling draws closer. We’ll keep this article updated with all the recent OnePlus 4 news, so remember to keep checking back.