Late last year, reports started surfacing from China with claims that there will be a new OnePlus 5 to succeed the current OnePlus 3/3T instead of OnePlus 4, something that has the same reasons as to why Samsung is reportedly skipping Galaxy S8 model number from SM-G930 to SM-G950, thus leaving behind the obvious SM-G940.
According to the Chinese (and other Asian countries), the number four has lots of bad luck following it. A visit to major public restaurants and hotels will reveal that there is a peculiar omission of the number four in just about everywhere, be it room numbers, floor numbers or even table numbers. Basically, the number four is usually avoided in any social gatherings as it symbolizes bad luck or even death in some cases. It is with this in mind that the OnePlus 5 is tipped to succeed last year’s 3 and 3T in a few months’ time.
Considering how successful both OnePlus 3 and 3T were (and still are) in the market, it is really going to take the Chinese OEM some hard work to better what they offered with these two. And according to a new concept video for the OnePlus 5, it appears that the company could indeed nail it. Of course, this does not represent OnePlus’ idea of the 2017 flagship, rather, it is the imagination from someone who’d wish to see these happen to the phone.
Apparently, OnePlus 5 will come with an overhauled design language. The rendered images show off a front panel that has no bezels at all, however, the screen is not curved like what you see on the likes of Galaxy S7 Edge or Xiaomi Mi MIX. The buttons on the side are designed to slide rather than press while the bottom end confirms the “powerful dual speakers” and a USB-C port. The corners of the phone are rounded and from the looks, the phone will ditch the physical home button.
The back of the phone has a dual-lens camera with a vertical arrangement, but the dual-tone LED flash is arranged diagonally in between the two lenses. If this concept video is to be believed, the two sensors will have 13MP+12MP lenses, with the latter capable of up to 3X zoom levels. As for the front, the camera will come with an 8MP lens for selfies and video calls. Other specs include the same 5.5-inch screen size like its predecessors, but this time, the OnePlus 5 is expected to shift from 1080p to 1440p resolution.
Under the hood, OnePlus 5 will reportedly ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with at least 6GB of RAM. The base storage could still be at 64GB while the high-end model will carry 128GB and as usual, don’t expect a microSD card slot. Software-wise, the OnePlus 3T successor should ship with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. For the lights, the concept video touts a 4000mAh battery unit, which will be 600mAh more than the one used in the OnePlus 3T.
The 3T successor will ship in three color variants of Candy Red, Pearl White and Midnight Black.
Again, be warned that this is just a OnePlus 5 concept video and it doesn’t represent the final design and specs. What do you think about these design and specs? Let us know in your comments below.