OnePlus 5 latest rumours: Release date, UK price and specs

OnePlus is promising good things for the camera on its upcoming flagship. Read the latest rumours on the OnePlus 5 specs, features and UK launch date.

The new OnePlus 2017 flagship killer will be announced on 20 June


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OnePlus has grown from a tiny startup that struggled to meet user demand to one of the most sought after smartphone brands in just a few short years. Following the 2016 launch of the OnePlus 3[2] and OnePlus 3T[3], next month the company will announce the OnePlus 5.

That’s right, the next OnePlus flagship will be known as the OnePlus 5, and not the OnePlus 4 as many had expected. Whether this is because it is the fifth-generation flagship, following the OnePlus One, 2, 3 and 3T, or because the number 4 is considered to be bad luck in China is not known. OnePlus has confirmed to The Verge[4] that the next handset would indeed be the OnePlus 5, and that it would launch this summer.

It has since then posted links to the site’s resulting story on social media with the tagline ‘True story’, and more recently posted a ‘Hello 5’ teaser on Weibo that reads ‘Hey Summer! Give me five!’ OnePlus has always referred to its phones as flagship killers – unbeatable specs at unbeatable prices.

In 2017 things look to continue in that trend, and thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S8[5]‘s exclusivity rights on the Snapdragon 835 processor the late-coming OnePlus 5 will have fewer rivals with which to compete. The LG G6[6] was forced to launch with the Snapdragon 821, for example, but the HTC U11[7] has the 835. . Even Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium[8] has yet to go on sale in the UK.

But there is another rival rumoured to use the Snapdragon 835: the Lenovo Moto Z2[9]. The OnePlus 3T was a great phone, but it featured little more over the OnePlus 3 than a processor-, battery- and camera bump. It’s still available to buy, though stocks are reportedly running low on 128GB models – OnePlus is unlikely to replenish these with a new 128GB model on the way.

When is the OnePlus 5 release date?

Following an announcement on Twitter, we now know that the OnePlus 5 will be revealed via a live stream[10] on 20 June 2017 at 5pm for those of us in the UK.

We expect the smartphone to go on-sale following the announcement, although an exact date is yet to be announced.

The company doesn’t stick to an annual release date schedule as do other phone makers, with the OnePlus One launched in April 2014, the OnePlus 2 in July 2015 and the OnePlus 3 in June 2016. The OnePlus 3T followed in November 2016.

To be fair, the longest gap here is between the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2, during which time the fairly new company was struggling to keep up with demand and meet such unexpected popularity. Following the OnePlus 2 it has proved much more adept at churning out phones with the OnePlus X, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. OnePlus 4 concept

How much will the OnePlus 5 cost?

There’s little to go on when it comes to the OnePlus 5 but various speculations suggest a tag of around £500 – another price increase as the 3T costs £440.

In the UK, that could mean a jump from the current price of ?399 up to around ?449. That’s still cheaper than competing flagships, of course. The OnePlus 5 was recently listed on Oppo Mart at £450, which sounds about right.

However, according to Android Authority[12] the OnePlus 5 price could be as high at £650 which would be a cost of around ?500 in the UK.[11]

What does the OnePlus 5 look like?

Strangely, OnePlus appears to have revealed the design of the OnePlus 5 on Twitter. From what we can see, similar to the below leak, it looks very much like Apple’s iPhone 7 and confirms the dual-camera feature. OnePlus 5 design

One of the most recent leaks is a bit controversial if it turns out to be legit. That;s because it looks exactly like an iPhone 7 Plus, not just in design but even in the supposed promo shot. Take a look:

If this really is the phone, then OnePlus will get a few awkward questions from journalists about copying. We don’t think OnePlus would so blatantly copy Apple’s design here, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here’s a few more older leaks that don’t look so much like an iPhone. While the specification has leaked online, few images of the OnePlus 5 have been sighted. The images elsewhere in this article are concepts, but the one below is said to be the real deal (source[13]).

If true, it tells us two things: there will be a black model, and the OnePlus 5 will feature a dual-camera at the rear. No fingerprint scanner is to be seen here, which means it must still be placed at the front. OnePlus 5

A supposed photograph of a OnePlus 5 prototype (shared by Android Authority[14]) seemingly confirms the dual-camera.

OnePlus 5 prototype

We also have this earlier sketch of a prototype OnePlus 5 handset that recently appeared on Weibo[15], revealing a dual-camera, Alert Slider and ceramic shell. OnePlus 5 prototype

PhoneAreana also reported[16] on a Weibo post made by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in which he claims that the 5 will be ‘the thinnest flagship phone.’ This is quite a vague and of course unproven statement, but it will be interesting to see the dimensions of the phone. There’s some debate over whether the OnePlus 5 will have a headphone jack or follow down the route of Apple and some Android manufacturers and ditch it.

Well although we are still hoping that the port will stay, the following leaked[17] photo suggests otherwise. The second image also appears to confirm the dual camera setup. OnePlus 5 headphone jack

OnePlus 5 dual camera

Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, has responded on Twitter regarding the headphone jack as you can see below.

It’s a bit cryptic but many are taking it to mean the headphone jack is now on the top of the phone which is why you can’t see it in the photo.

Why did the headphone jack cross the road? https://t.co/8sSXI8zB8y[18]

— Carl Pei (@getpeid) May 19, 2017[19]

It seems we, and others, may have been looking at Carl’s tweet too positively going by this follow-up.

Looks I gotta be more careful with my tweets… ?? https://t.co/JSOhurrze2[20]

— Carl Pei (@getpeid) May 22, 2017[21]

What are the rumoured features and specifications?

OnePlus 5 Key specifications
Processor 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 64-bit
Graphics Adreno 540
Memory 8GB DDR4 RAM
Storage 128GB
Display 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED
Operating system Oxygen OS, based on Android 7.0 Nougat
Battery 4,000mAh Dash Charge

There has never been any doubt that OnePlus will want to use the same processor as the Samsung Galaxy S8 in its flagship killer, which means it will come with the 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This integrates an Adreno 540 GPU. The Snapdragon 835 is the first Qualcomm processor to be made with a 10nm process, which will bring various improvements including performance and efficiency, which in turn will result in better battery life for devices.

So far so Galaxy S8. But whereas Samsung’s flagship still has just 4GB of RAM, the OnePlus 5 will come with at least 6GB (as per the OnePlus 3T) and potentially 8GB. The chip can support this much memory, certainly.

Leaked benchmarks[22] show mind-blowing performance from the OnePlus 5: OnePlus 5 benchmark

Interestingly, the score is much higher than the 4GB RAM Galaxy S8, but also the 6GB RAM Xiaomi Mi6 (both feature the same processor). So this could well be evidence of 8GB of RAM.

The OnePlus 5 was recently listed[23] on Oppo Mart with an accompanying screenshot showing 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s not the most reliable of sources, however, so take it with a pinch of salt. More evidence that we’re going to see some beastly performance comes from Tech Radar[24], which says it was sent some information from a trusted source close to OnePlus regarding app load times in comparison to its rivals.

The results are promising for the fledgling smartphone brand, with the OnePlus 5 delivering times quicker than its rivals in most of the app loading tests,” reports the website. From what Carl Pei has said the OnePlus 5 is going to have an AMOLED display, and we expect OnePlus to stick to its 5.5in dimensions. Whether it will move to a Quad-HD screen remains to be seen, but the company must balance holding on to its value crown and having the necessary specs for mobile VR – an emerging category we know OnePlus will want to get in on – remember the OnePlus 3 VR launch?

OnePlus 4 concept

Potentially plausible in the light of recent smartphone launches are theories that OnePlus might introduce a curved screen and waterproofing. Storage is likely to start at 64GB, as with the OnePlus 3T. There are increasing reports that the OnePlus 5 will feature a dual-camera, potentially appearing in a horizontal rather than the more standard vertical format.

This is expected to be a DSLR-quality camera, which may mean the price is higher than we’d expect from OnePlus. The company wrote on its blog[25] that it would be partnering with DxO for the upcoming phone, which is a very good sign. “We’re happy to announce that we have teamed up with DxO to enhance your photography experience with our upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 5.

DxO is perhaps most well-known for creating the defining photography benchmark, the DxOMark. They’ve got years of imaging experience and expertise, both for professional cameras and for smartphones,” it wrote. The OnePlus 5 should impress particularly with low-light shots, teases OnePlus:

Can you tell which photo was taken with the OnePlus 5? pic.twitter.com/Pd27la4ewn[26]

— OnePlus (@oneplus) May 29, 2017[27]

We’ve seen reports that the OnePlus 5 will come with a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge.

Expect it to run the Oxygen OS, a custom UI based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017[28]

Follow Marie Brewis on Twitter[29]

References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ OnePlus 3 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ OnePlus 3T (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ The Verge (www.theverge.com)
  5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  6. ^ LG G6 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ HTC U11 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  8. ^ Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  9. ^ Moto Z2 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  10. ^ revealed via a live stream (oneplus.net)
  11. ^ listed (www.gsmarena.com)
  12. ^ Android Authority (www.androidauthority.com)
  13. ^ source (indiatoday.intoday.in)
  14. ^ Android Authority (www.androidauthority.com)
  15. ^ Weibo (www.weibo.com)
  16. ^ PhoneAreana also reported (www.phonearena.com)
  17. ^ priceraja (priceraja.com)
  18. ^ https://t.co/8sSXI8zB8y (t.co)
  19. ^ May 19, 2017 (twitter.com)
  20. ^ https://t.co/JSOhurrze2 (t.co)
  21. ^ May 22, 2017 (twitter.com)
  22. ^ benchmarks (www.gsmarena.com)
  23. ^ listed (www.gsmarena.com)
  24. ^ Tech Radar (www.techradar.com)
  25. ^ OP5 blog (forums.oneplus.net)
  26. ^ pic.twitter.com/Pd27la4ewn (t.co)
  27. ^ May 29, 2017 (twitter.com)
  28. ^ Best new phones coming in 2017 (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  29. ^ Follow Marie Brewis on Twitter (www.twitter.com)

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