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Check out these awesome OnePlus 5 prototypes ahead of tomorrow’s announcement

by Brandon Russell | June 19, 2017June 19, 2017 10:30 am PST

Less than 24 hours before the OnePlus 5’s announcement and even more details about the device have dropped. The Verge on Monday released a video that delves deep into the device’s design, focusing primarily on its camera, which OnePlus already confirmed will feature a dual-camera setup.

Interestingly, OnePlus revealed it nearly added the technology in a device last year, but ultimately decided that educating its customers about what a dual-camera setup could do was risky. And, according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, it has Apple to thank for taking dual cameras mainstream.

“The second design change is choosing a dual-camera instead of a single camera,” Lau explained to The Verge. “We started thinking about using a dual-camera last year. However, at the time, we felt that the cost to educate the market about this technology was too high. For this, we have Apple to thank for educating the market about the dual-camera.

Lau goes on to explain that a dual-camera provides consumers with superior image quality and greater flexibility, from taking quality portraits to lossless zooming.

But including a dual-camera poses its own challenges. For one, OnePlus had to find room to fit the components, while still accounting for things like a larger battery and thinner design.

While OnePlus is including a dual-camera setup, one thing the device doesn’t feature is an edge-to-edge display. OnePlus blames its position in the supply chain for not being able to secure the components necessary. That’s how the cookie crumbles when it’s competing against Samsung and Apple.

Even without a fancier display, The Verge confirms the OnePlus 5 will be OnePlus’ most expensive smartphone yet. However, the publication doesn’t reveal the final price. For context, last year’s OnePlus 3T started at $439, a pretty big jump over the OnePlus 3, which started at $399.

OnePlus has confirmed the OnePlus 5 will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor, but we’re still waiting for other details to be announced, such as RAM, internal storage, and more.

The OnePlus 5 will be unveiled tomorrow at 9 a.m. PDT.

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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...