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OnePlus 5: Everything to expect from the next Flagship Killer

by Brandon Russell | May 6, 2017

You won’t have to wait much longer to get your hands on the OnePlus 5, a device the company confirmed is arriving this summer. And, no, that’s not a typo—it will be called the OnePlus 5, seeing as it will be the fifth device in the company’s “Flagship Killer” lineup.

The OnePlus 3T was among our favorite devices of 2016, offering a gorgeous design, slick software, and affordable price, all things we’ve come to expect from the Chinese startup. With the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 pushing the market in a new direction, however, it’s clear OnePlus needs to step up its game in order to stay competitive.

We’ve already talked about what changes we want to see before the OnePlus 5 is released. But what can we realistically expect before its arrival in just a few months?

There have been several rumors over the past few weeks, from the inclusion of a dual camera setup to a Snapdragon 835 chip. Let’s wade into the deep end and see if we can make sense of what the company is going to release.

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Bezel-less is the future: Have you heard? Bezel-less displays are the latest in high fashion, and the OnePlus 5 is expected to jump on the trend. The device is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch 2K display that’s light on bezels, giving the device a more premium look. OnePlus has yet to break away from Full HD, which means fans are in for a big change.

Dual rear-facing cameras are better: The second most popular trend in mobile are dual cameras, as seen in devices like the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6. By introducing a phone with dual cameras, the OnePlus 5 will provide users with greater flexibility when shooting landscapes and portrait—and things should look pretty good in low light, too.

More power: OnePlus devices have never lacked power—not counting the OnePlus X—and we’re expecting the OnePlus 5 to include the market’s latest specs. For one, you can bet the device will sport 6GB of RAM—rumor has it the company is even considering an 8GB model. The device is also expected to include a Snapdragon 835 chip, which you can find in the Galaxy S8.

Yeah, the OnePlus 5 is going to be a very powerful indeed.

Where does the fingerprint sensor go?: With the OnePlus 5 expected to feature a bezel-less display, the fingerprint sensor will inevitably be displaced. The most obvious place to put it is on the back of the phone, just as we’ve seen from so many manufacturers. I’d be surprised if it was placed somewhere else, but you never know…

Hardware changes (maybe): This is more of a quick wishlist rather than based on rumors. We’d love to see the device feature IP68 water and dust resistance, along with microSD card support. Those features may not make a difference to how you use your device everyday, but they’re becoming standard among the market’s biggest devices, and OnePlus needs to keep pace.

Price and release: Did I mention the OnePlus 5 will be released this summer? No specific date has been shared, but if we go on past releases, the handset will likely hit in June. The price is where it starts to get tricky.

The OnePlus 3T was the company’s most expensive device at $439. With the OnePlus 5 expected to feature a higher resolution display, larger battery, and improved specs, chances are the price will jump up yet again. A sketchy listing pegged the price at $450, which may be closer to the final price than you think.

When you consider the Galaxy S8 is said to cost roughly $310, it starts to make sense. $450 is not cheap, but it’s still a lot more affordable than its biggest competitors, which is the most important thing.

Now that we’ve seen the G6 and Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5 is arguably the next most exciting release on the horizon. This week has seen a huge uptick in rumors—even OnePlus is chiming in to help build hype ahead of the device’s launch.

We’re still a few months away from seeing what the OnePlus 5 has to offer, but the final puzzle it starting to come together—assuming what we’ve heard is legit. We know the device will be beautiful, powerful, and affordable. Now, it’s just a matter of bringing everything together.

We’ll find out what the OnePlus 5 has to offer later this summer.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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