OnePlus 5 Proves that OnePlus is no Longer an Underdog in the Smartphone Industry

OnePlus 5

In a few hours, OnePlus 5 will be announced, however, the phone has been appearing all over online media with the help of the Chinese company, which means that just about everything, except for the pricing and availability, is already out here.

In fact, we already know the availability details for several markets, including Europe and India, where the phone is expected to start selling tomorrow and the day after, respectively. Before this launch happens, we have our eyes on what are perhaps the best images of the phone’s design and thanks to The Verge, we also have more details on the phone’s hardware specs and features.

Looking at the OnePlus 5, you’ll have to agree with me that the Chinese company is no longer an underdog in the smartphone market. One would be quick to point out that the new phone is quite generic in terms of design (it looks more like the iPhone 7 Plus or Oppo R11), however, when compared to the previous smartphones the company has released, it’s evident that the evolution is headed in the right direction.

The design of the new OnePlus 5 shows how mature the company has become since it released the OnePlus One a few years ago. Last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T were perfect, but this year’s model is more than impressive. Design matters aside, the specs this phone packs are monstrous and in fact, The Verge points out in its detailed coverage that the goal of OnePlus 5 is to show the world that the Chinese OEM has what it takes when it comes to making a good camera.

OnePlus partnered with DxOMark in making the camera of the OnePlus 5 as perfect as possible. Although this would require extensive real world tests in order to prove that the phone is indeed the best – or one of the best – on-paper specs show that it will indeed be a beast in this section.

As you may know already, the back panel will feature a dual-lens setup. This setup will be made of two Sony sensors – one 16MP shooter that features a large f/1.7 aperture and another 20MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.6. You definitely know what these mean don’t you? That aperture size translates to enhanced performance in low-light conditions, something that is always a problem for many smartphone makers.

Inside the 5.5-inch OnePlus 5 is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that is paired with either 6GB RAM or a massive 8GB RAM. This is insane, but it’s becoming more of a reality to have such a powerful phone. The storage options should remain unchanged from last year – 64GB and 128GB – with no room for a microSD card.

As noted, OnePlus 5 will be unveiled today and it’s when we’ll know more details on the same, including the pricing, color variants and global availability.

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