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.
It’s official: the OnePlus 5 drops on June 22.
OnePlus: 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 2,560×1,440-pixel or 1,920×1,080 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