It's official! It is finally official! OnePlus last night confirmed the date and time of the unveiling of its next creation, the OnePlus 5. The launch event has been scheduled for 20 June at 12 PM EDT (9:30 PM IST) and the event is expected to be live streamed on YouTube for the world to see.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) June 6, 2017
The news sure comes as a relief to OnePlus fans and even to potential customers who have been curiously waiting for more leaks of the handset to show. It makes sense to wait because like every year, the price difference is expected to be minimal and those who buy a OnePlus 3T just a few days before the launch of the next smartphone will lose out on better hardware. So yes, confirmed news about the launch sure comes as a relief. But what do we know about the OnePlus 5 so far?
We have a fair idea about what the handset will look like. A recent press render reported by Android Police, confirms a teaser that the handset will be slimmer and smaller than outgoing OnePlus 3T . The leaked images shows a device that looks eerily similar to the Oppo R11 smartphone, save for the Alert Slider of the left side and the OnePlus logo on the back. You can have a look at the images below and I am pretty sure that you will come to the same conclusion.
In a way, with the rising price tags of chipsets (every new processor gets dearer to manufacturers), OnePlus will have to cut down on its design to deliver a handset that falls in the same price bracket as the old one. As much as I love the brand and its practical ideas, this year, Samsung with its Galaxy S8 has made it clear as to what a premium flagship should look like (let's hope Apple brings something better with its iPhone 8). Its Infinity Display and the polished metal and glass design have raised the bar for the premium flagship and that too by quite a margin indeed.
Coming to the stuff that matters to most OnePlus 5 fans, its the hardware specifications. This year, unlike the last, the details have been sparse at best. We know that the OnePlus 5 will pack in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. We have no clue whether the RAM will be bumped up to 8 GB or will stick to the 6 GB, since OnePlus did mention that performance will be fine-tuned to take advantage of the hardware. Also expected are the usual 64 GB and 128 GB storage variants. SD card slot? Well, we will have to wait for the final announcement to clear that out.
Another detail that OnePlus seems to "focus" on in its teasers is the presence of a dual camera set up on the back. Indeed, this is the year of dual camera smartphones, Huawei has one too many, so do Oppo and Vivo (on the front). Yes, I do know that Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus belong to the same parent company. But it's not what you have or how many of them you can place on a smartphone, but what you can do with it.
With OnePlus, thanks to the announcement splash page, it is clear, that it will use the same to deliver a better depth of field in images and the obvious accompaniment to that feature, re-focus. Yes, you can expect those dual cameras on the rear to allow for refocus, a software feature that has been used on smartphones for almost a year now.
Coming to the launch event, from the hints on the OnePlus website, it's easy to conclude that the first devices will reach European markets. Expect the OnePlus 5 to be available for purchase in pop-up stores in New York, London, Paris Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen and Helsinki initially. One thing to note here is that OnePlus has not confirmed the launch strategy so we will have to wait and watch how they plan to launch the new flagship.