OnePlus recently took the wraps off its next big thing – the OnePlus 5. As much as many would like to give this handset a five-star rating in just about every aspect, Apple fans, especially those donning the latest iPhone 7 Plus, are not so impressed with the Chinese company’s latest efforts as far as design is concerned.
It’s true that the OnePlus 5 is a great-looking phone and more so, it comes with massive raw power under the hood thanks to the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that is mated with a monstrous 8GB RAM. These two alone are enough to tell you that this phone will be a monster in terms of performance.
For those who have had the chance to interact with the OnePlus 3T, which is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC and paired with 6GB RAM, you will agree with me that the OnePlus 5 will be an even better performer. Despite having been around for about seven months, the 3T isn’t showing any signs of lag. Opening of apps is still as snappy as you’d expect from a device with such powerful hardware and the camera is still great, especially for a device that is priced at under $500.
Now, the new OnePlus 5 is also priced at under $500 for the base model, but the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant will set you back a mere $539. To be honest, the price of this phone justifies a lot that it brings to the table. It’s true the phone is not in the same class as the iPhone 7 Plus or even the Galaxy S8 for that matter, but looking at what it has to offer and the price, it makes perfect sense.
Still, folks down at 9to5Mac aren’t so happy with OnePlus 5 and its design, which just about takes every other look of the iPhone 7 Plus’ rear panel. The camera location is the same and it’s also the same dual-lens setup. The LED flash is also similarly placed and so is the logo. In fact, it’s easy to argue that this OnePlus 5 phone is simply an iPhone 7 Plus with a OnePlus logo on the back, at least according to Apple fans.
Perhaps what has angered the Apple fan base is what OnePlus did on stage when unveiling the flagship killer. The tech giant made fun of the iPhone 7 Plus’ missing 3.5mm audio jack and to quote what Diego Heinz, the designer of the phone, said on stage:
“On the bottom you’ll see that we ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. The elegance of the overall design is instantly heightened. And who needs a headphone jack anyways? That’s why Bluetooth exists, right? Just kidding, of course the OnePlus 5 has a headphone jack.”
As a result of this, agitated iPhone 7 Plus fans are championing for Apple to sue OnePlus for copying the design of the phone despite the Chinese company claiming that it drew inspiration from its parent company’s Oppo R11. Still, this R11 has the same design as the iPhone 7 Plus.
“How can it POSSIBLY be legal to copy another company’s design so obviously?” one commenter, Connor Griffin, laments. Another is quick to note that they don’t really promote companies suing each other all the time, “but I want to see Apple take them [OnePlus] to court over this one.”
“They are a Chinese company where copying even the exact design is allowed,” another commenter, Gowtham, jokes. But another, Chris, adds that “this [OnePlus 5 copying iPhone 7 Plus design] is actually disgusting. I hope Apple sue them, hard.”
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