Every OnePlus release comes with huge expectations from consumers who are eager to purchase a flagship smartphone at a mid-range price. The OnePlus 5 is right around the corner, and, so far, it seems that it has what it takes to win over those who still haven’t decided whether the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 is worth the steep price.
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Where’s the OnePlus 4?
If you’re familiar with OnePlus’ smartphone lineup, you probably remember that the OnePlus 3, the first OnePlus device to get rid of the infamous invite system, was released in June 2016. It was followed by the OnePlus 3T in November, which replaced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with the slightly better Snapdragon 821.
So, where’s the OnePlus 4? The answer is simple: OnePlus decided to skip it. In China, the number 4 is considered unlucky because its pronunciation is nearly identical to the Chinese word for “death.” This moves OnePlus one step closer to the lucky number 6, which is considered lucky in business. The number 5 is generally seen as neutral because it’s associated both with the five elements and the Chinese word for “not.”
In preparation for the upcoming release of the OnePlus 5, the company has already ceased the production of the OnePlus 3T. “The OnePlus 3T (both 64GB and 128GB variants) will continue to be available for purchase in India until later this year…This is the last call to buy the OnePlus 3T before stock runs out,” OnePlus is quoted saying by IndianExpress.com.
Design and Build
- The OnePlus 5 will come with a front-facing fingerprint reader and a USB Type-C port.
- The OnePlus 5 could have the same level of water resistance as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
- It’s still unclear how the OnePlus 5 will look like.
If the images that were recently leaked on Weibo are to be believed, the OnePlus 5 will feature an unorthodox rear design and come with a home button with an integrated fingerprint reader. The Samsung Galaxy S8 got rid of the home button to make room for the large bezeless display—a move that has been met both with positive and negative reactions.
Like other major smartphone releases this year, the OnePlus 5 will likely move away from aluminum, coming with a glass or ceramic build instead. That said, some previously leaked images suggested a rear shell made of anodized aluminum, so the details of the smartphone’s design remain up in the air.
We would be surprised if the OnePlus 5 didn’t come with the USB Type-C port. The Galaxy S8 has one, just like it has a 3.5mm headphone port. Like it or not, USB Type-C is the future, delivering 100 watts of charging power and currently handling up to 10 Gbit/s data rates at full duplex.
Even though the OnePlus 3T can survive the occasional splash of water or a drop of rain, it’s certainly not IP68-certified like the Galaxy S8. Because the USB Type-C port makes it easier for smartphone manufacturers to protect their devices against ingress of water and dust, the OnePlus 5 is likely to be, at least, IP67-rated, which would make it protected from dust and capable of withstanding water immersion between 15 cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes.
- The OnePlus 5 will likely have a 5.5-inch display with 2560 x 1440 pixels.
- OnePlus will use their in-house Optic AMOLED display technology.
- The Samsung Galaxy S8 supports Mobile HDR.
We expect the OnePlus 5 to come with a 5.5-inch display, but a 5.3-inch display isn’t out of the question either. The OnePlus 3T has 1080 x 1920 pixels, which leaves something to be desired in 2017. Its successor will likely opt for a Quad HD Optic AMOLED display.
Compared to Galaxy S8’s 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 pixels, the Optic AMOLED display should work better when outdoors and offer superior color reproduction. “We’ve taken Super AMOLED and added our take on contrast and color temperature, to try and bring it truer to life. In addition, we’ve designed its performance profile to work well when outdoors in bright conditions,” explained the technology OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.
It’s currently unknown whether the display will support Mobile HDR. The Galaxy S8 and several other flagship smartphones do, allowing their users to enjoy HDR content through Amazon Video and Netflix.
- The OnePlus 5 could ship with a 23 MP rear camera.
- No iris scanner on the horizon for the OnePlus 5.
- The Galaxy S8 already leads the charts with its 12 MP camera.
Reportedly, OnePlus has been working with the experts at DxOMark to develop a camera that would give even the HTC U11 a run for its money. Unlike Samsung, OnePlus likes to push the megapixel count as high as they can. The OnePlus 3T featured a 16 MP rear camera and a 16 MP front-facing camera. The OnePlus 5 will likely keep the 16 MP front camera but bump the megapixel count of the rear sensor to 23 MP.
If that really turns out to be the case, it’ll be interesting to see how the smartphone does against the Galaxy S8 and its 12 MP rear sensor with f/1.7 and large 1.4µm pixels. The Galaxy S8 received 88 points from DxOMark, placing the smartphone just 2 points behind the current leader, the HTC U11.
Galaxy S8’s front-facing camera doubles as an iris scanner, a feature not found in the OnePlus 3T. Given how close we are to the release date of the OnePlus 5, we think it’s safe to assume that OnePlus would have already advertised the feature if they planned to include it.
- Both smartphones come with the latest Snapdragon processor.
- The OnePlus 5 is likely to have more RAM than the Galaxy S8.
- The OnePlus 5 will probably feature a 4,000mAh battery.
With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor ticking under the hood of both the OnePlus 5 and the Galaxy S8, neither smartphone should have any problems running the latest apps and games. While the Galaxy S8 comes with 4GB of memory, the OnePlus 5 could have as much as 8GB—not that it makes any difference in the real world.
What makes difference is battery capacity. After the battery fiasco last year, Samsung went with a small but safe 3,000mAh battery, which lasts barely a day. Rumors have it that the OnePlus 5 could hit the 4,000mAh mark.
- The OnePlus 5 uses OxygenOS.
- The Galaxy S8 uses TouchWiz.
- The Galaxy S8 comes with Bixby, a new voice-controlled personal assistant.
Because both OnePlus and Samsung use a customized version of the Android operating system, the software experience will be quite different. OnePlus has OxygenOS and Samsung has TouchWiz. They both feel lightweight and unobtrusive, but TouchWiz adds a lot more features compared to OxygenOS.
The most noteworthy software feature of the Galaxy S8 is called Bixby. This new AI-powered software assistant is Samsung’s answer to Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. It can answer questions, translate text, order an Uber ride, set reminders, and more. Samsung is also leveraging the unusually tall display ratio of the Galaxy S8 to display two apps next to each other for a nice productivity boost.
Release Date and Price
- The OnePlus 5 will cost around $500.
- The OnePlus 5 could be released on June 15.
- OnePlus no longer use their infamous invite system.
While the Samsung Galaxy S8 is already available for around $700 for the 64GB version, the exact release date of the OnePlus 5 hasn’t been announced yet. GizmoChina managed to obtain an email which hints that the highly anticipated smartphone could hit the market on June 15. Because OnePlus like to position their prices way beyond other flagship devices on the market, we expect the OnePlus 5 to cost around $500.
Judging by the quality of the company’s previous products, we’re convinced that the OnePlus 5 will turn out to be one of the better smartphones released this year. The question worth around $500 is just how good it will be.