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OnePlus 5: Everything we know so far

/ Updated: June 15, 2017 10:28 AM PDT
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Tecnoblog has published a photo of what it says is the OnePlus 5.

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The OnePlus family is about to get a plus-1. The Chinese phone maker has announced that it will introduce its newest phone, the OnePlus 5, on Tuesday, June 20. And the more we learn more about it, the more it seems like the next OnePlus phone could defy expectations. For one thing, we're skipping right over the OnePlus 4 -- it's an unlucky number in China -- and going straight to 5. For another, the company will offer the phone in a variety of colors including... "unicorn." And, finally, according to the rumors, OnePlus may seriously raise the stakes for camera technology.

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It's official: the OnePlus 5 drops on June 20.

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The company has made a name for itself by making high-quality phones with the latest hardware at a price point well below what Samsung and Apple typically charge. CNET called the OnePlus 3 "the best budget Android phone you can buy."

OnePlus loves to leak its own news. Since CEO Pete Lau posted a teaser picture on Weibo to announce that a new phone was in the works, the company has been dribbling out hints of what's to come. Taking a page from Apple's playbook -- and doing the exact opposite -- OnePlus seems to be both reveling in the speculation around the 5 and fueling it, tweeting out clues on an almost daily basis. 

Though nothing that the company has confirmed so far is mind-blowing, the steady stream of rumors is fueling speculation and ramping up expectations. We're collecting the most promising official and semiofficial rumors below. 

Specs rumored for the OnePlus 5:

  • 5.5-inch display with 2,560x1,440-pixel or 1,920x1,080 resolution
  • Dual rear cameras (confirmed) with 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Available in black, red, gold and "unicorn" (confirmed)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (confirmed)
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage
  • "Ceramic-coated" fingerprint scanner
  • Refined microphone technology
  • 4G LTE multimode modem
  • 3,600mAh or 3,300mAh battery
  • OxygenOS based on Android
  • Starting somewhere between $449 (roughly £350 or AU$600) and $479

Launching June 20, 2017

OnePlus will unveil the new phone at a live online launch at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 20, to be followed by a series of "pop-up events" hosted in retail locations in the US and Europe. Early reports by the Verge and CNET that the phone would debut this summer were followed by speculation on phone nerd sites, which included purported event posters, that the reveal would come on June 15. 

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This image, published by Android Police, resembles those released by OnePlus, though there are some differences.

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Will the real OnePlus 5 please stand up?

More images show up every day. Are they real? Are they fake? We don't know -- OnePlus has declined to comment on their authenticity.  

In May, Android Authority posted a photo of phone that looked awfully similar to the OnePlus 3T -- albeit with a vertical dual camera array -- that the site claimed was a OnePlus 5 prototype. More recently, Android Police published a different design with two rear cameras, that looks similar -- though not exactly the same -- to an image subsequently released by OnePlus. And this week, Portuguese site Tecnoblog posted what appears to be the full-size version of the Android Police image -- in addition to a number of detailed specifications. Speaking of which...

Serious hardware 

This week, Tecnoblog posted the "full device specification," which include a "ceramic-coated" fingerprint reader, 3,300mAh battery, 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. Previously, e-commerce site Oppomart, which has a mixed track record of predicting specs, published a list of possible components including 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage capacity, a fingerprint scanner and OnePlus's Android variant, OxygenOS. 

We know for sure that the OnePlus 5 will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, because Qualcomm said so, and so did OnePlus CEO Pete Lau. It's Qualcomm's fastest chipset, which also powers the Samsung Galaxy S8. That means that the OnePlus 5 could be thinner than its current flagship phone, the 3T -- which kicked serious butt in our benchmark tests -- and deliver longer battery life and faster speeds when you navigate around and edit photos and video. 

Dual lens and mega-megapixels

We've known that the OnePlus 5 will feature dual rear cameras since the company's June 5 tweet and subsequent video trailer. But Tecnoblog adds a potentially blockbuster detail, reporting that the cameras will feature 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors. If accurate, the OnePlus 5 would ostensibly blow away both the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8 on photos and video. 

It's worth noting that Oppomart's list of specs includes two 12-megapixel Sony camera sensors, which would still make the OnePlus 5 a serious contender on the photo/video front. Either way, the move to a dual-lens array gives OnePlus an opportunity to leapfrog competitors like Samsung, whose Galaxy S8 has just one rear camera. 

In May, OnePlus announced a partnership with DxO, a photography software and accessories shop. The nature of the partnership remains unclear beyond a promise to "enhance your photography experience." 

Going full unicorn

OnePlus has invited its 1 million Twitter followers to pick the color of the OnePlus 5. In a May tweet, the company offered up options such as black, red, gold and a green/blue/purple gradient that the company later referred to as "unicorn." 

True Tone copycat?

OnePlus has posted a short video showing what appears to be adjustable color temperature controls, captioned "Get a taste of how we've refreshed OxygenOS." It looks like the True Tone technology Apple debuted with the iPad Pro last year, with sensors that measure ambient light color and brightness connected to a display that can adjust accordingly. 

It could get loud

OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei has written a blog post about the 5's improved audio capabilities. As proof of the improved performance, the company has published a video comparing the 3T and 5 in a loud nightclub. Check it out.

Price tag and release date

Oppomart lists the price as $449 (approximately £350 or AU$600) and gives an estimated ship date of early June -- so take it all with a plus-sized grain of salt. But the OnePlus 3 and 3T combined premium design, features and performance with an accessible price tag, and we expect a similar deal from the OnePlus 5.

Updated, June 15: We'll continue to add new rumors and stories as they emerge. 

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