We know that OnePlus 5 is the next flagship killer from Chinese OEM OnePlus. We also know that this phone will be unveiled in the coming weeks, probably next month.
With this in mind, a number of leaks, rumors, and speculations have been doing rounds with regards to the expected specs and features of this OnePlus 5 phone, especially when compared to what the outgoing OnePlus 3T brings to the table.
There’s no doubt that OnePlus 3T is the most specs-packed phone you can find in the market right now. In addition to shipping with flagship processor, the phone also comes with a massive 6GB RAM, something that Samsung is struggling to match with the limited edition of Galaxy S8+. Xiaomi has just unveiled the Mi 6 with the same 6GB RAM, but you can expect more to come from OnePlus as far as the 3T successor is concerned.
To cut the story short, here are the 5 major upgrades that you can expect to see on the upcoming OnePlus 5 based on what the current OnePlus 3T has.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with up to 8GB RAM
We’ve heard that OnePlus 5 will come with a 6GB RAM like the 3T, however, we’ve also heard that the phone will have a high-end variant with a massive 8GB RAM. In fact, a screenshot of this spec has been leaked, which adds more weight to the rumor. Similar to the 3T, you can expect the best processor to power the new OnePlus 5, which is definitely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. There’re leaked benchmarks that show the performance of an alleged OnePlus 5 and the results are mind-blowing, but there are no details of the RAM in use, although the SD835 SoC is on board.
We’ve seen alleged sketches of the OnePlus 5 and if these are to be believed, the phone will ship with a dual-lens camera on not just that back, but also the front panel. We don’t know the exact details of these cameras, but looking at what the 3T had, it’s possible that whatever comes in will be an upgrade over the 16MP sensors used on the front and back cameras of this phone.
How these sensors will co-exist is the company’s problem, but we can expect to see a combination of a standard RGB lens and a monochrome lens, which is what many dual-lens camera setups have been employing.
One argument behind OnePlus being able to keep low prices for its phones is that it’s stuck on Full HD resolution. Well, if this were true, we’d also be having iPhones priced at $439, however, it’s not. The market has a number of devices with QHD resolutions, premium designs, and high-end specs, yet priced affordably, for instance, the ZTE Axon 7 or ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe.
With this in mind, it shouldn’t be a problem for OnePlus 5 to debut with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD resolution while at the same time keeping prices as low as usual.
Bigger battery with faster Dash Charge
We’ve heard rumors that OnePlus 5 will be slimmer than the 3T. But the result of this would be an awfully small battery unit, possibly smaller than the 3400mAh unit used on the 3T. With Samsung having failed to impress with the batteries of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it’d be a major boost for OnePlus 5 to come with a bigger battery, possibly 3600mAh and even beyond.
With a bigger battery, it means it will take longer to charge it from 0-100%. To make sure that this is not a problem, OnePlus 5 is rumored to come with Dash Charge 2.0 technology that is an improvement from last year’s version and offers 25% faster charging. Given that the Snapdragon 835 is less power hungry than the SD821, the battery life of this phone should even be better.
More internal storage
Like Google, Apple and Xiaomi’s latest flagships, OnePlus 5 should come without a microSD card slot. This, however, should mean more storage, with rumors pointing towards three options of 64GB, 128GB, and a massive 256GB. The latter variant will reportedly be the one carrying the 8GB RAM module. OnePlus 3T has two options of 64GB and 128GB, although the latter has been discontinued.
Bonus: Midnight black color variant in plenty
OnePlus released a midnight black edition for the 3T, but this model was not easy to come by. In fact, you can no longer find it anywhere. The huge demand for this color variant should mean the OEM will release the new OnePlus 5 with a midnight black color variant not featuring as a limited edition. In short, all buyers should be able to get one when the phone starts selling probably next month or a little later.
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