OnePlus 3 and 3T are without doubts the highlights of 2016 when it comes to the smartphone world and as such, many consumers are really looking forward to the successor of these two come 2017.
While it is normal for expectations to be centered on OnePlus 4, it appears that the Chinese company will be releasing OnePlus 5 instead. This is mainly because of the country’s association of the number 4 with bad luck.
Dubbed the flagship killer, OnePlus has been coming in with an amazing set of handsets ever since the launch of OnePlus One a few years ago. Back then, the company only sold its handsets through an invite-only system where one was to be invited to buy the phone by another person, but this changed with the launch of OnePlus X towards the end of last year. As at the time of this writing, any willing buyer can get the latest OnePlus 3T from the company’s official website and with the growing popularity of the brand, things might be a little different come 2017.
The rumored OnePlus 5 is expected to be a tough nut to crack for competing brands from Samsung, Google, LG and even Apple. This is not just about the price, but also about the specs and features of the phone. While the change in the naming of the upcoming OnePlus 5 won’t have any effect on the demand for the phone, how the company positions itself in the market will have a huge influence on the success of the phone.
In terms of specs, it is believed that the upcoming OnePlus 5 will carry the same hardware specs as the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and a host of other Android flagships that are expected to be released in 2017. But as noted earlier, the pricing will be nowhere near these renowned brands, just like it has been the case with OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, all of which were priced below $500.
With Qualcomm having already confirmed the Snapdragon 835 SoC, it is expected that this processor will power the 2017 OnePlus 5 handset. Even though this year’s models came in with 6GB RAM, don’t expect any major changes to this spec. Instead, you can expect slight changes to the storage, with a 256GB variant expected to accompany smaller variants of 128GB and 64GB.
There has been talk of a dual-lens camera, but this is highly unlikely given that many expect the phone to be priced somewhere around $400 when it is announced next year. As far as the release date is concerned, rumors claim that the phone could debut next summer, just like it has happened with previous launches.
Keep in mind that this is a rumor and OnePlus 5, or whatever name it shall be called, hasn’t been confirmed by the Chinese OEM just yet, but we’ll keep following and bring you the latest as it happens.