Update: The OnePlus 5 is now confirmed. OnePlus has said it will release the OnePlus 5 “this summer”, putting to bed rumors that it may be called the OnePlus 4, while a sketchy sketch suggests the phone could have two front-facing cameras as well as two on the back.
The OnePlus 5 will arrive in the coming months, as the Chinese startup has now confirmed the name of its next flagship smartphone and that it will arrive during ‘Summer 2017’.
OnePlus 5 Release Date, News And Rumors
OnePlus has managed to consistently stand out from the crowd by offering high-end hardware at a mid-range price, but even to say that undersells its achievements.
The company often out-specs rivals with its ‘Never Settle’ mantra and clearly puts time and thought into its phones, yet still manages to sell them for less.
It’s a remarkable phone then, but it’s not perfect and we’ve come up with a wish list of things (on page 2) that we want to see for the OnePlus 5.
You’ll find all the latest news and rumors about the OnePlus 5 on this page, along with speculation and analysis to fill in the gaps.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next affordable flagship from OnePlus
- When is it out? Summer 2017
- What will it cost? Probably around £400, $439, AU$580
OnePlus 5 release date
- A June or July launch
- Confirmed: coming ‘Summer 2017’
ONEPLUS PHONES TO DATE
April 2014: OnePlus One
July 2015: OnePlus 2
November 2015: OnePlus X
June 2016: OnePlus 3
November 2016: OnePlus 3T
Summer 2017: OnePlus 5
The OnePlus One launched in April 2014, the OnePlus 2 in July 2015 and the OnePlus 3 in June 2016.
It’s more than likely then, that the OnePlus 5 will land in mid-2017, to keep the Chinese firm on the annual rotation of new handsets which is commonplace in the mobile industry.
That’s all but confirmed, with OnePlus revealing that the OnePlus 5 launch will take place during “Summer 2017” – basically we should only be a month or two away at most.
The name: OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 4
- It will be called the OnePlus 5
- We won’t get a OnePlus 4
The eagle-eyed among you will note that we’ve not had a OnePlus 4. We’ve had the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – and now we’re getting the OnePlus 5.
Why 5? The number 4 is a sign of bad luck in China, which is the main thinking as to why we’re going straight to the OnePlus 5. It would also, technically, be the fifth flagship phone (ignoring the short-lived OnePlus X) with the OnePlus 3T taking the fourth generation spot.
OnePlus 5 screen
- A change in technology
- A 5.3 or 5.5-inch 2K display
The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T have a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 display, just like the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus One. Given how staunchly the company has stuck to that size and resolution combination it’s tempting to think it will do the same with the OnePlus 4, and that’s certainly possible.
In fact, one tipster has said exactly that, and also shared the image below, showing the phone with an edge-to-edge display.
But we reckon OnePlus might push the resolution up to 1440 x 2560, and that possibility has also been rumored, with talk of a 5.3-inch screen of that resolution, while another source points to a 5.5-inch QHD display.
To make an impact next year it’s likely to push the resolution up, especially since by then just about every flagship is likely to have a QHD or higher resolution screen.
But why do we need to push resolution above 1080p on such a small screen? Two letters: VR. Virtual Reality was big in 2016, even OnePlus has got in on the act launching the OnePlus 3 in VR (and the OnePlus 2 in 2015), but for the best experiences you need a high resolution display.
A 2K screen would improve the VR experience on the OnePlus 5, as well as giving a boost to movies and gaming.
The rumored drop in size to 5.3 inches is more surprising. OnePlus only makes one or two phones a year and while there’s no such thing as one size fits all the company is going to want to get close.
We may see a move from AMOLED back to LCD though, as OnePlus is reportedly struggling to source enough AMOLED panels to keep up with OnePlus 3 demand. Then again, the first OnePlus 5 rumors point to AMOLED still. We reckon the OnePlus 5 will have a 5.3-5.5-inch QHD LCD screen – so roughly the same size as the OnePlus 3, but higher resolution to catch up with rivals, and a return to previous tech due to AMOLED shortages.
OnePlus 5 design
- A metal/glass body
The first design rumors suggest we could see a big change in the look of the OnePlus 5, with apparently a glass body in place of the OnePlus 3’s metal one.
You can see a rough render of how that might look below – note the absence of antenna bands, which wouldn’t be as needed with glass.
The company completely changed the design for the OnePlus 3, giving it a truly premium metal build, so we may see something similar for the OnePlus 5. It won’t be identical – look out for something slimmer and more refined, but it could have a similar overall look.
A clearer leaked image also shows a lack of antenna bands, though if anything it looks more like a metal back here than a glass one, and whether glass or metal the overall style and shape looks similar to the OnePlus 3T.
We’re hoping for further bezel slimming – allowing the OnePlus 5 to sport a more compact frame even though it houses a 5.5-inch display. The Samsung Galaxy S8 also boasts a larger 5.8-inch screen, but it’s narrower and shorter than the OnePlus 3T, which means the OnePlus 5 should be able to slim down a bit.
OnePlus 5 camera
- A dual-lens camera
- 12MP rear and 8MP front snappers
- Augmented and mixed reality features
Several leaked images show a dual-lens camera, and another rumor also points to a dual-lens snapper, with augmented reality and mixed reality functions, though no details are given on the specifics of these features.
Another leak details some aspects of the camera though, saying that both lenses will be 12MP, with one color and one monochrome (black and white one), which combine for improved contrast, more light and less noise in images. The same source says there will be an 8MP front-facing camera.
These changes are believable. A lot of work was put into the camera on the OnePlus 3T. Both rear and front sensors have a high megapixel count (16MP on both), there’s optical image stabilization and plenty of other features.
But the end result is a snapper which still isn’t quite up to the standards of the best around, so expect the camera on the OnePlus 5 to be further tuned and improved. That’s not to say it’s a bad offering, it’s just the bar has been raised so high it’s difficult – on a budget – to match it.
Surprisingly, a leaked sketch shared by Chinese site anzhuo has shown a dual front-facing camera. No details of its specs are included and this is the first we’ve heard of that, so we’re highly skeptical, but can’t rule it out. A 12MP rear camera is likely, as this would both change things up and fall in line with rivals. There’s a good chance it will also be dual-lens, but we doubt the front-facing camera will be.
OnePlus 5 battery
- A 4000mAh juice pack
- Seriously fast charging
Battery life is one area which OnePlus will hopefully be focusing on for next year’s handset. The company delivered great life with the 3,400mAh OnePlus 3T and we want to see a repeat of that – or something even better.
Fortunately, it sounds like that might be what we’ll get, with rumors of a 4000mAh juice pack.
Then again, another source says to expect just a 3,600mAh juice pack – but with 25% faster charging speeds.
One source claims it will have Dash Charge 2.0, though its description of being able to get a full day’s charge in half an hour is the same as the claims OnePlus made about the original Dash Charge. The same source says the phone will have a 3,580mAh juice pack.We doubt the battery will get much smaller than 3,400mAh and there’s a good chance it will get larger.
OnePlus 5 OS and power
- A powerful Snapdragon 830 or 835 processor
- 6GB or 8GB of RAM
OnePlus flagships are always among the most powerful around, at least on paper, and we don’t expect that will change with the OnePlus 5.
So it’s likely to have whatever the chipset of the moment is, probably the Snapdragon 835. More than one rumor has now suggested that the Snapdragon 835 will indeed be powering the handset.
The 8GB of RAM spec has also been outed by PCPop.com, and it would certainly be eye-catching on paper – it’s unlikely to have much of a noticeable advantage in general usage though.
The OnePlus 5 will almost certainly run Android (likely Android Nougat) overlaid with OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS.The Snapdragon 835 is the obvious chip choice for the OnePlus 5, but RAM might stay at 6GB, since the OnePlus 3T is already ahead of the pack there.
OnePlus 5 other features
- 128GB of storage
The OnePlus 3T has a fingerprint scanner, so expect that to return. It’s possible that OnePlus will add other features for its next phone, perhaps an iris scanner for example, since Samsung has started using them.
The other question is whether the OnePlus 5 will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Motorola and Apple have dropped the aging audio technology from recent phone releases – including the Moto Z Force and iPhone 7 – and it seems Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, is interested in whether the community thinks the headphone jack is necessary.
The result was overwhelmingly in favor of the OnePlus 5 keeping the headphone jack, so it looks likely the phone will keep the 3.5mm jack.
OnePlus 5 price
The only price rumor so far comes from a store listing, with the phone carrying a $449 price.
That’s slightly higher than the the $439 starting price of the OnePlus 3T, and if accurate suggests the UK price will be slightly higher too. The 3T costs £399 in the UK, so expect a price of over £400 for the OnePlus 5.