Ready, set, go. Of the three the go part is remaining. OnePlus 5 is going to be launched soon — June 20 is the global launch day while the India launch is on June 22 — and already there is a lot of information that is available about this phone. Some of it comes through leaks, some are rumours — although quite plausible rumours — while a lot of information has come directly from OnePlus via its official Twitter account.
We are sure a lot is yet to be revealed about the OnePlus 5. It will happen in the coming days, or rather weeks if the official schedule for the launch holds up. But already there is no doubt that the OnePlus 5 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting phone launches of the year. And it’s not only smartphone enthusiasts who are excited about this phone. OnePlus is also pulling out all stops ahead of the phone’s launch. The company has announced pop-up events that it will hold in three cities at its experience centres. At these events the company will showcase OnePlus 5 to consumers.
Join us for the highly anticipated pop-ups being hosted across 4 cities in India: New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad,” notes OnePlus. Everyone is invited. But, to be among the first ones to take home the OnePlus 5, you’ll have to be fast (limited stocks).” The details of venue and timings of the pop-up events are on OnePlus website .
The OnePlus 5 could be a real winner in the coming days and we don’t say that lightly. We says it on the basis of the possible features that the OnePlus 5 is expected to pack in. Here are 5 possible features that we feel could set it up for a big win the market.
Dual-lens camera with portrait mode
Of these two, one feature is confirmed but one is not. The confirmed bit is that the OnePlus 5 will come with dual-lens camera on the rear. This has been shown through the official photo that has been shared by OnePlus. What we don’t know right now is what the OnePlus 5 will do with dual-lens camera. In the past we have seen that some phones use this feature to offer something like portrait mode — this is how iPhone 7 Plus does it — while a few other use this second camera to click the photos that have more details. Chances are that the OnePlus 5 is going to approach the dual-camera bit with the iPhone method.
On Saturday, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau shared an image that was clicked with the OnePlus 5. This image shows a creamy, or in other words blurred, background. That could have been achieved only with a mode that is somewhat similar to the iPhone’s portrait mode. And given the similarities with the mode it can also be said that the OnePlus 5 possibly have a zoom lens, just like the one that the iPhone 7 Plus sports.
Since the introduction of the OnePlus 3, Dash Charging has been one of the top attractions of the OnePlus phone. It is so good that India Today Tech wrote a specific piece detailing it earlier. Although, it is not officially confirmed there is no reason to believe that the OnePlus 5 will not have it. In fact, chances are that the OnePlus 5 will have an improved version of Dash Charging, and yet again we feel this will be the feature consumers are going to love.
The hardware for the expected fast performance of the OnePlus 5 is confirmed. The phone is going to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which seems to be the de-facto processor for the high-end phones this year. The Snapdragon 835 is a fast octa-core processor. The OnePlus 5 was expected to be the first phone, according to Qualcomm, to launch with the Snapdragon 835 in India but Sony spoiled the party by announcing the Xperia XZ Premium. However, that said the OnePlus 5 is likely to boast more RAM (6GB at least ) than what is inside the Xperia and is going to be much cheaper considering that Xperia XZ Premium costs over Rs 59,000.
To cut the long story short, in all likelihood the OnePlus 5 is going to be an immensely powerful phone, just like the way the OnePlus 3T was. Also, the performance of the OnePlus 5 is possibly going to be great because OnePlus uses pretty clean and optimised version of Android in its Oxygen OS. This software doesn’t have bloatware and unwanted apps. There is no junk. And hence the performance is almost always good, at least that is what we have seen with the OnePlus 3T. There is no reason why OnePlus 5 will be any different.
The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T already run the latest Android. The OnePlus 5 too will do the same. In other words, it will come with Oxygen OS, which uses Android 7.1.
The benefits are many. One, the latest Android means it has all the necessary security patches. Two, the OnePlus 5 will get the same Android 7.1 features that are available on Google Pixel and the Nexus phones. In other words, it gets Google Assistant and features like dual window mode and ability to change DPI settings for better experience on the phone. At a time when many phones are still launching with almost two years old Android Marshmallow it will be nice to see Android Nougat in the OnePlus 5.
We are yet to see the OnePlus 5 in well-lit, proper images. But elements of the design have been leaked, or have been shared by OnePlus. Earlier, the company had said that the OnePlus 5 will be its thinnest phone ever and the leaked photos do hint at the same.
While the OnePlus 5 design, given how it looks in the leaked images, is going to divide fans due to its resemblance to the design of the iPhone 7 Plus, it also seems that this could be a phone with more approachable and warmer design.
The OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T have a design that is very unique but also little edgy with all those industrial cuts and curves. The OnePlus 5 seem to have a more curvier shape, more sleeker looks and a shell that looks more upmarket and premium. In other words, the resemblance to the iPhone may work in its favour as far as the regular consumers are concerned.