OnePlus 5: leaked sketches show dual front camera and ceramic back


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OnePlus 5 instead of the OnePlus 4

Why would OnePlus want to skip the number four in naming its 2017 flagship? Well, because it’s a Chinese company and in the Chinese language, the pronunciation of the number four is very close to the word for ‘death,’ so much so that the number four is almost equated with death.

In fact, the number four in Chinese culture is like the number 13 in Western countries. Many high-rise buildings and hotels in China do not have a 4th or 14th floor, and rooms with a 4 are often also omitted.

OnePlus 5: price and release date

The release of OnePlus’ top smartphone has always been in the summer, and OnePlus has just confirmed a summer release to the Verge. We expect to see it in June. Take it with a grain of salt, but OppoMart posted a listing for the OnePlus 5 which says the device will ship from the beginning of June, and will be priced at $ 449.00. The listing also included the specs of the device, which you can get the details on below. The OnePlus 3T was $ 40 more expensive than the OnePlus 3, but this was still cheaper to comparable smartphones with similar specs, so a reasonable price seems likely for the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus confirmed the phone’s release this summer to the Verge already, but now there’s an official teaser straight from the company. Posted on its Weibo account, the image simply says “Hello 5” and the accompanying post text says “Hey Summer! Give me five!”. So, while there’s no new information here, it does confirm the 5 in the device name.

oneplus 5 weibo teaser Straight from OnePlus on Weibo: it will be 5, not 4. / © OnePlus

OnePlus 5: design

Newly leaked sketches show dual front camera and ceramic back

Some sketches just leaked on Weibo have given us some new info on the OnePlus 5. In the sketches, the dual rear camera on the back of the device is shown, surrounded by ceramic instead of glass. And, the back is curved. Plus, there’s a dual camera on the front too, if you like the idea of kicking your selfies up a notch. 

oneplus 5 sketch leak weibo Dual cameras on the front and back! / © Weibo user Reviewer_小康

Leaked render shows dual camera but no fingerprint scanner on rear

Some new leaked renders have emerged from India Today, and if real, they give us a good indication of the smartphone’s design since OnePlus won’t have time to make major changes before the launch.

oneplus 5 camera details 042517050117 No major changes to be seen apart from the dual camera and lack of fingerprint scanner. / © IndiaToday

The image shows a dual camera and no fingerprint scanner on the back, indicating that the fingerprint sensor may be on the front under the display. The back of the phone lacks the antenna lines of the OnePlus 3T, but that’s the only other notable difference.

Ceramic housing?

According to the latest rumors, the OnePlus 5 will have a ceramic or glass chassis. The ceramic option makes some sense, as OnePlus already has some experience thanks to the limited edition version of the OnePlus X. If it follows the same approach, it’s more likely that the OnePlus 5 will only have a back plate made of ceramics, as was the case with the OnePlus X.

There are also suggestions that the OnePlus 5 will take a little inspiration from Samsung’s S7 Edge design, and feature dual curved edges. 

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 edge review The OnePlus 5 might get dual curved edges like the Samsung S7 Edge’s. / © AndroidPIT

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A tweet from David Ruddock at AndroidPolice suggests that there could be a black version of the handset due to be announced soon, though it is possible this could also just be a black version of the existing OnePlus 3T rather than a new handset.

OnePlus’ CEO Carl Pei cheekily replied with a GIF of wolves howling at the moon, which suggests that Ruddock’s tipster could be correct.

OnePlus 5: technical specifications

OppoMart has posted a listing for the OnePlus 5, and it includes the retail price and specs of the device. The image in the listing is a previously leaked render of a black model, which you can see in the above section featuring a dual camera. The specs that given are most likely just based on rumors, but here are some of the highlights: 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM, 64 and 128 GB storage options with UFS 2.1 for better performance, 12 MP rear dual camera, 8 MP front camera, front fingerprint scanner, Dash Charge 2.0 and Android Nougat-based OxygenOS. There are still more rumors about the device’s specs which came before these, so keep reading to stimulate your imagination.

Regarding the inner workings of the OnePlus 5, the manufacturer will, of course, be improving on last year’s model. The OnePlus 3 was one of the first smartphones with 6 GB of RAM, so there is some speculation from Chinese website PCPop that the OnePlus 5 will have 8 GB of RAM – double that of the new Samsung Galaxy S8! An early leak suggests that the OnePlus 2017 flagship could be joining the ranks of Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi and getting itself a Snapdragon 835 processor, too.

OnePlus will certainly make the jump to WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) for the display in 2017, so that it does not fall behind the competing Android smartphones from Samsung, LG, and others. It’s also said to include a USB Type-C connector and large 4,000 mAh battery pack. 

Do you think that OnePlus will skip the OnePlus 4? Would you be interesting in getting a phone with a ceramic housing? Let us know in the comments below.

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