Revealed: Here’s why OnePlus 5 Deliberately Copied Apple iPhone 7 Plus Design

OnePlus 5 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus

There’s a lot going on since OnePlus 5 came to life a couple of days ago. While most people are honestly impressed with the design of this phone, there are others who are not so happy with what OnePlus did with the 3T successor.

It’s true that the OnePlus 5 is a monster in terms of hardware specs and features. Similar to previous OnePlus phones, this new model also takes the crown when it comes to the price aspect. Although a little higher than the previous OnePlus 3T, the specs and features you get on this phone are close to none in the industry at a price of just $479 for the base model and $539 for the high-end variant.

For Apple fan boys, the new OnePlus 5 is a complete imitation of the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s true there are quite a good number of similarities between the two, especially when looking at the rear panels. The general design of the back resembles the Apple flagship, but the edges of the OnePlus flagship killer are more rounded than Apple’s.

There are more buttons on the sides of the iPhone 7 Plus compared to the OnePlus 5 for obvious reasons, but it’s the camera and logo placements that are drawing too much criticism from the Apple camp. Even though the iPhone has a significant camera bump compared to the 5, the placement is literally the same.

Of course, you may notice that Apple’s camera is much closer to the edge as opposed to what OnePlus did. The two have the same dual-lens arrangement and the LED flash appears at the same point as well. Also, the company logo on the new OnePlus 5 takes the same position as Apple’s iconic logo, which adds even more to the similarities between these two.

But as it turns out, it’s not just the OnePlus 5 that has (nearly) the same looks as the iPhone 7 Plus. A closer look at the Oppo R11 will reveal even more similarities, with the Oppo phone taking more of the same looks as the Apple phone. The camera bump is there and the placement is much more similar to Apple’s than it is to OnePlus. The LED flash also takes the same position as the 7 Plus and so does the logo, however, similar to the 5, the edges are less sharper compared to the iPhone.

OnePlus 5 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apparently, there are lots of other Chinese phones that have adopted just about the same design as the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Talk of the recently unveiled Nubia Z17, the Gionee S10, Xiaomi Mi 6, Huawei Honor 9, Huawei Honor V9, Huawei P10, Huawei Nova 2, Smartisan U Pro and lots of others. In fact, some of these phones – and companies – go as far as copying the iOS user interface, for instance, the Oppo R11.

Of course, this is not to say that all dual-lens smartphones are Apple iPhone 7 Plus copycats, especially since some make a few tweaks (to the design) here and there, but in the end, the resemblance is still astonishing. So, why is this so rampant, more so in China?

According to one Chinese tipster, in order for high-end or midrange phones to sell in China, they have to look something like an iPhone. This is strange, but it makes sense as to why there are so many iPhone copycats in the region. Lately, Oppo phones have been outdoing iPhones in China and as you may have noticed, the design of these phones is very similar to Apple’s iPhones. Just so you know, OnePlus is a subsidiary of Oppo.

Many Apple fans have been advocating for Cupertino to sue OnePlus for blatantly copying the design of the iPhone 7 Plus. Whether this will happen or not is still unclear, but given the rampant nature of this trend, the American company might have to sue a huge chunk of Chinese companies for copying the iPhone design.

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