Confirmed: OnePlus 5 is Coming This Summer

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 14 Comments

Confirmed: OnePlus 5 is Coming This Summer

Here’s some good news for anyone looking for a modern, value-priced smartphone flagship: OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 is arriving this summer.

OnePlus told The Verge that the OnePlus 5 will succeed the OnePlus 3T … and not much else.

“The phone is called the OnePlus 5 and not the OnePlus 4 because the number four is considered unlucky in China, where OnePlus is based,” the report notes, explaining the number jump.

But we don’t need The Verge to learn about the next OnePlus handset, which I’m very excited about thanks to my recent experiences with the excellent OnePlus 3T. Fortunately, tons of details have leaked.

Here’s what we know:

The OnePlus 5 will be a Samsung Galaxy S8-class device with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 of internal storage. That doesn’t surprise me, as OnePlus has always provided top-end specs at a value price. What is most interesting, perhaps, is the camera. (You may remember this was the sole disappointment with the 3T.) The OnePlus 5T will utilize a dual-camera system, like that on the iPhone 7 Plus, and that just might put this device over the top.

Other details include a front-facing fingerprint reader (previous devices utilized the back), a Full HD screen (rather than Quad HD or some higher resolution), and a traditional (non-curved) screen. (Update: Actually, the 3T uses a front fingerprint reader too. My bad: I’ve been testing too many devices lately. –Paul)

I am very excited about this device. And if you, like me, are not interested in dropping over $800 on a Galaxy S8, then this is one to watch out for.

 

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