But these are technicalities. Let us focus on the great potential at hand – even if it’s all rumors at this point!
1. A new design with slim bezels and no Home button, ready to tackle Samsung’s
You may have thought OnePlus needs to freshen it up for the follow-up to the rather basic-looking OP 2 and OP 3. Apparently, so does the company! Leaks from China suggest very thin side bezels, or possibly an “all-screen” type design as a major change coming to the OnePlus 5.
While we doubt OnePlus has the resources to make a phone quite as sleek and meticulous as the Galaxy S8 right now, it can certainly generate a looker that’s on par with the Xiaomi Mi Mix or another eye-grabbing model. Which would be a huge advantage, combined with other strong sides the OP5 is rumored to have! Such as…
2. More RAM memory than any other smartphone in 2017
Look, we all know RAM isn’t the be-all, end-all of smartphone performance. But the OnePlus 5 is rumored to feature a whopping 8GB of the stuff, and OP knows darn well how to sell the extra memory put in its handsets. The OnePlus 3 is still a big deal for having 6GB RAM anywhere in the world. The few 6GB handsets today are China-exclusives.
Additional RAM might not give them any considerable speed advantages, but it sure makes a smartphone appear more powerful and cutting-edge! And with 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus will easily make the Galaxy S8, which hovers between 4GB and 6GB in different markets, seem a tad underpowered.
Said excess of RAM is expected to be packaged with the Snapdragon 835 processor and a 2K-resolution display (a first for OnePlus), evening out the playing field between the “flagship” and its killer-candidate in these regards.
3. A supercharged camera with possible dual-lens setup
OnePlus may be bulletproofing the OP5’s spec sheet to the largest extent possible at the time of launch. This includes rumors of a 23MP rear camera and 16MP front camera. Chances are the rear cam will be a dual-lens module with optical image stabilization, but alas, we haven’t been clued in to any other goodies that may be in store.
Single or dual-lens, a 23MP camera is almost twice as generous as what Samsung offers with the Galaxy S8’s 12MP camera in terms of raw megapixel count. But it’s perfectly possible that the S8 will end up beating the OnePlus 5 – and probably most new Android phones – in terms of photo quality.
4. Better battery life than most
Rumored to stand at between 3500mAh to 4000mAh, the OnePlus 5’s large battery capacity and its power-efficient Snapdragon 835 chipset will probably make for excellent battery life, surpassing that of the Galaxy S8 and, possibly, the Galaxy S8+’. They ship with 3000mAh and 3500mAh units, respectively, and are rated around the same as their predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The line is clear for OnePlus to come up with one of the longest-lasting Android smartphones this year… if it really wants to.
5. A price that’s hard to resist!
The price is going to be the biggest kicker. Word is, OnePlus is going to sell all the aforementioned goodness for less than $500! This is very affordable for a handset this up-to-date, easily up to $300-$350 less than what any competitor on the Western market has to offer.
Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn’t have the advantage of working with carriers anywhere in Europe or the US, and warranty or customer support may be spotty, depending on where you purchase from. Moreover, OnePlus has trouble keeping its aging models up to date – the OP2 and OnePlus X are yet to receive Nougat updates, and no one at the company’s up to explain why. Well, we know why – it’s a small company doing small company things!