Rumour mills abuzz with improved design and display

We’re just a few hours away from the official, global unveiling of OnePlus’ latest flagship- OnePlus 5. There have been several leaks pouring in over the past few months for the device and a few features have been officially announced by the company too. We’ve combined rumours and official details to give you a fair idea of what the phone will be like. As with any rumour, do take these speculations with a pinch of salt.

1.Display – After the OnePlus 3, the company received criticism for using a full HD screen instead of 2k. It’s possible that OnePlus will fix this on the OnePlus 5. While the screen size will most likely remain unchanged, the OnePlus 5 should ideally come with a 2k display. This would be handy considering how much VR has grown in the past year (in fact, OnePlus 3 was launched with a VR headset). The 2k display will deliver a better VR experience but will adversely affect performance and battery life. On the other hand, if the OnePlus 5 continues with a 1080p amoled screen, you can expect it to be one of the fastest in terms of raw performance.

2.Design – Although rough cut designs of the OnePlus 5 have been leaked several times in the past few months, the company shared official images a few days ago. It has an edgier design with the dual camera setup on the top left corner just like the iPhone 7 Plus. The front remains unchanged with a front fingerprint button and a screen with narrow bezels. In addition, the signature alert slider switch will also be carried over from the OnePlus 3/3T.

3.Hardware – It has been officially announced that the phone will come with Qualcomm’s latest flagship class Snapdragon 835 processor. Since the OnePlus 3/3T came with 6GB RAM and variants with 64 or 128GB storage, we expect the OnePlus 5 to offer similar variants. These specs are good enough for any user. However, if the rumours are to be believed, then an 8GB RAM variant will also be available. This will fit in well with the brand’s ‘Never Settle’philosophy. In terms of battery size, the OnePlus 3T has a 3,400mAh battery and it should be roughly the same on the OnePlus 5. The much-loved Dash Charge feature (which also made the OnePlus 3/3T one of the fastest charging phones around) will obviously make a comeback.

4.Camera – The dual rear camera is already officially confirmed. Details of the camera were shared by OnePlus with The Verge. It has a 16MP camera with f1.7 aperture plus a 20MP telephoto lens with f2.6 aperture. The phone will have a 1x to 2x optical zoom plus a Portrait mode, quite like the iPhone 7 Plus. No details were shared for the front camera but we expect it to at least have the same 16MP camera as the OnePlus 3T.

5.Others – Other features we expect on the OnePlus 5 include dual SIM slots, Dash Charge, Gigabit LTE, NFC, improved ceramic fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C port. The OnePlus 5 will come with company’s Oxygen OS and it should be Android 7 Nougat. Keeping in mind the previous phones, expandable storage will most likely not be available However the 64 and 128GB built in storage should be good enough for most people. As a bonus, it might be the ultra-fast UFS 2.1 variety – much faster than what a microSD card can provide.

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