OnePlus is expected to launch the successor to OnePlus 3T this coming year, but rather than call it OnePlus 4, speculations are rife that the phone will be branded OnePlus 5.
According to Chinese (Asian) traditions, the number 4 is associated with bad luck and as such, it is usually avoided at all costs. If previous release dates are to be observed, the OnePlus 5 should be released towards the second half of 2017 and apparently, the Chinese OEM will be shifting to a ceramic body that will feature dust and water resistance, making it one of the best phones to watch out for.
With the success recorded by the outgoing OnePlus 3/3T, expectations remain high for the OnePlus 5 to be an even better offering than these two, but the idea of including better features could mean we end up with a slightly pricier phone than what many are used to. Like many other 2017 flagships, the phone will be powered by the new Snapdragon 835 SoC, a processor that will be launched at the upcoming CES 2017 event.
Rumor has it that OnePlus 5 will come in five color variants of blue, gold, black, white and the high-end ceramic. However, the size of the screen will not be changing, meaning you still get a 5.5-inch AMOLED display panel, but this time OnePlus is expected to shift the resolution from 1920 x 1080 pixels used on the OnePlus 3/3T to 2560 x 1440 pixels.
The release of OnePlus 3T saw some improvements come in when compared to the initial OnePlus 3. These included a change in the front camera lens from 8MP to 16MP, a newer Snapdragon 821 as well as a larger battery unit of 3400mAh. Just about the same changes are expected, with a newer processor coming in alongside an even larger battery of 4000mAh. The base model will carry 64GB of internal storage, with the company expected to continue its new format of two storage options, where the high-end model will carry 128GB of internal storage. As usual, there won’t be room for microSD card expansion.
Like other 2017 flagships, OnePlus 5 will come preinstalled with the latest Android Nougat, whether it will be the newer v7.1.1 or the slightly older v7.0 is yet to be confirmed. As noted earlier, the addition of newer and more advanced features could also mean there will be a slight change in the price tag, but it shouldn’t go beyond the $500 mark.
Keep in mind that these specs and features of the OnePlus 5 (including the naming) are based on speculations, but clear details should start popping up towards mid-2017 when the phone’s release is just about to happen. We’ll be here to let you know what to expect, just keep following us!