OnePlus 3 is one of the best selling flagship smartphones for 2016 and even its upgraded variant, OnePlus 3T made a mark for itself. The OnePlus 3 is also the first smartphone to sell with a 6GB of RAM on a global scale. As we mentioned last year, the company will be launching the 2017 flagship device as OnePlus 5 instead of OnePlus 4. The number 4 is considered as unlucky in China, and even the OPPO and Vivo which are part of its parent company BBK also skips using the number 4. OnePlus recently posted an image on its Weibo account with the number 5 which unofficially confirmed the upcoming device to called as OnePlus 5.
The device with the model number A5000 already got certified by the 3C in China. Today, Antutu has posted few key specifications of the OnePlus 5 on its Weibo account. As rumors suggested, the device will be equipped with dual-lens cameras featuring two 16MP sensors. We expect one sensor to be the RGB sensor whereas the other one will be the black and white sensor. It comes powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC built on the 10nm FinFET process. This is the same processor that also powers the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi 6. Even the upcoming HTC U 11 also uses the same 10nm processor.
With the Snapdragon 835 SoC, the device also supports 1Gbps LTE download speeds and Bluetooth 5.0. However, the company will be using its own Dash Charge fast charging technology instead of the Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0. We also expect to see the same metal built unibody design as seen on the OnePlus 3. It will be running on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Oxygen OS out of the box. Though there won’t major changes to the UI, OnePlus 5 will be making minor tweaks to improve the productivity of the device. The device also packs 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As seen with the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 5 might also come in 128GB storage variant.
We might also see the physical home button on the front that comes integrated with a fingerprint sensor. The company might also stick to the 5.5-inch screen size, and Antutu confirmed the device to launch with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Since the Google Daydream works better with the minimum of Quad HD resolution, the OnePlus 5 might misses the official DayDream support. This is the same thing happened to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T while receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update. Talking about the benchmark scores, the Snapdragon 835 equipped Galaxy S8 scored 162,101 points which are lesser than the 174,155 points of the Exynos 8895 powered variant.
Talking about the pre-release variant testing, OnePlus 5 has reached till 176,000 points. We also expect to see the USB Type-C port and the alert slider on the upcoming OnePlus 5. While the Xiaomi’s new flagship device, Mi 6 skipped the 3.5mm audio port to make it water resistant, we don’t think OnePlus has that COURAGE to do that. The device is expected to be officially launched by the end of next month, so stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details.