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Headphone jack moves to other side on the OnePlus 5

Instead of the OnePlus 4, it has now been confirmed by the company via Weibo that its next device will be called the OnePlus 5. The reason for that is likely due to a cultural peculiarity in China, where the number 4 is considered to be unlucky. Update: After a recent leak showing a possible new OnePlus 5 prototype, new leaks concerning the location of the headphone jack and possible color variations have emerged. 

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OnePlus 5 instead of the OnePlus 4

Why would OnePlus want to skip the number four in naming its 2017 flagship? Well, because it's a Chinese company and in the Chinese language, the pronunciation of the number four is very close to the word for ‘death,’ so much so that the number four is almost equated with death.

In fact, the number four in Chinese culture is like the number 13 in Western countries. Many high-rise buildings and hotels in China do not have a 4th or 14th floor, and rooms with a 4 are often also omitted.

OnePlus 5: price and release date

The release of OnePlus’ top smartphone has always been in the summer, and OnePlus has just confirmed a summer release to the Verge. We expect to see it in June. Take it with a grain of salt, but OppoMart posted a listing for the OnePlus 5 which says the device will ship from the beginning of June, and will be priced at $449.00. The listing also included the specs of the device, which you can get the details on below. The OnePlus 3T was $40 more expensive than the OnePlus 3, but this was still cheaper to comparable smartphones with similar specs, so a reasonable price seems likely for the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus confirmed the phone's release this summer to the Verge already, but now there's an official teaser straight from the company. Posted on its Weibo account, the image simply says "Hello 5" and the accompanying post text says "Hey Summer! Give me five!". So, while there's no new information here, it does confirm the 5 in the device name.

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Straight from OnePlus on Weibo: it will be 5, not 4. / © OnePlus

OnePlus 5: design

Recently, Android Authority posted a newly leaked photo of a OnePlus 5 prototype, which shows part of the evolution of the design of the new flagship.

New images have sprung up on the Chinese messaging platform Baidu Tieba with some interesting difference to the previous photo.  The changes are subtle, but if you take a closer look you'll notice that the flash has moved between the dual lens camera (while previously it was under it), and the iPhone-esque antenna lines have disappeared.

Another notable change is that the headphone jack has vanished from the bottom. We don't have top view images of the alleged OnePlus 5 prototype - but this could mean one of two things: Either OnePlus has decided to get rid of the headphone jack, or they've moved it to the top of the phone. Upon closer inspection, the phone appears to have two speaker grills at the bottom. While it's not uncommon that one of them might just "cosmetic" - it would be a nice addition to have stereo speakers.

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No more antenna lines and no more headphone jack? / © Baidu user ld爱tx

Headphone jack moved to the top

OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei loves to interact with the OnePlus fans who follow him on Twitter. So, when he took to social media on May 19, he asked "What should I tweet about today?", opening himself up to questions about the forthcoming release of the OnePlus 5. Naturally, following the recent leaks showing a prototype for the OnePlus 5 and the apparent lack of a headphone jack, many people were curious to know what had happened. In response, Pei asked his followers:

The answer appears to be simple - to reach the other side of the smartphone. It's now looking like the OnePlus 5 will have its 3.5 mm headphone jack located at the top of the device instead of at the bottom.

Color variations

OnePlus recently tweeted asking its fan base what the color of their next phone should be. To be precise, they asked "What 5hould the color of your next phone be?" This may look like a typo, but when you consider that we're waiting on the release of the OnePlus 5 and they've added a winking emoji, all this points to it being a big hint on the color variations we should expect to see. From the tweets, it looks as though the OnePlus will available in black, gold, red and a transitional mix of pink, purple, blue and green. 

Leaked photo shows the dual camera prototype

The previously leaked photo is interesting as two aspects stand out: the rumored dual camera and the OnePlus 3T-style body. Also notable is the lack of fingerprint scanner on the back. While there's no photo of the front available yet, it's possible that the OnePlus 5 will feature smaller bezels.

Android Authority's source also shared that pricing for the OnePlus 5 will be higher than the firm's previous devices, perhaps even as high as $650, to "signal competitiveness with the biggest brands."

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Here is the leaked prototype photo. / © Android Authority

Newly leaked sketches show dual front camera and ceramic back

Some sketches just leaked on Weibo have given us some new info on the OnePlus 5. In the sketches, the dual rear camera on the back of the device is shown, surrounded by ceramic instead of glass. And, the back is curved. Plus, there's a dual camera on the front too, if you like the idea of kicking your selfies up a notch. 

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Dual cameras on the front and back! / © Weibo user Reviewer_小康

Leaked render shows dual camera but no fingerprint scanner on rear

Some new leaked renders have emerged from India Today, and if real, they give us a good indication of the smartphone's design since OnePlus won't have time to make major changes before the launch.

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No major changes to be seen apart from the dual camera and lack of fingerprint scanner. / © IndiaToday

The image shows a dual camera and no fingerprint scanner on the back, indicating that the fingerprint sensor may be on the front under the display. The back of the phone lacks the antenna lines of the OnePlus 3T, but that's the only other notable difference.

Ceramic housing?

According to the latest rumors, the OnePlus 5 will have a ceramic or glass chassis. The ceramic option makes some sense, as OnePlus already has some experience thanks to the limited edition version of the OnePlus X. If it follows the same approach, it's more likely that the OnePlus 5 will only have a back plate made of ceramics, as was the case with the OnePlus X.

There are also suggestions that the OnePlus 5 will take a little inspiration from Samsung's S7 Edge design, and feature dual curved edges. 

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The OnePlus 5 might get dual curved edges like the Samsung S7 Edge's. / © AndroidPIT
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A tweet from David Ruddock at AndroidPolice suggests that there could be a black version of the handset due to be announced soon, though it is possible this could also just be a black version of the existing OnePlus 3T rather than a new handset.

OnePlus' CEO Carl Pei cheekily replied with a GIF of wolves howling at the moon, which suggests that Ruddock's tipster could be correct.

OnePlus 5: technical specifications

A new listing on the Chinese reseller website Geekbuying shows some really impressive specs for the OnePlus 5 that might just give the Samsung Galaxy S8 a run for its money. The listing matches previously rumored specs like the Snapdragon 835 processor, 4,000 mAh battery and 5.5-inch display, but notably, some of the other specs are unique. These include 8 GB of RAM, a 16 MP front camera like the 3T and a 23 MP rear camera instead of a dual camera. The regular list price on the website is $621.99, but it is currently discounted to $449.99. If these specs turn out to be true, that would be a fantastic deal.

OppoMart has posted a listing for the OnePlus 5, and it includes the retail price and specs of the device. The image in the listing is a previously leaked render of a black model, which you can see in the above section featuring a dual camera. The specs that given are most likely just based on rumors, but here are some of the highlights: 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM, 64 and 128 GB storage options with UFS 2.1 for better performance, 12 MP rear dual camera, 8 MP front camera, front fingerprint scanner, Dash Charge 2.0 and Android Nougat-based OxygenOS. There are still more rumors about the device's specs which came before these, so keep reading to stimulate your imagination.

Regarding the inner workings of the OnePlus 5, the manufacturer will, of course, be improving on last year's model. The OnePlus 3 was one of the first smartphones with 6 GB of RAM, so there is some speculation from Chinese website PCPop that the OnePlus 5 will have 8 GB of RAM - double that of the new Samsung Galaxy S8! An early leak suggests that the OnePlus 2017 flagship could be joining the ranks of Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi and getting itself a Snapdragon 835 processor, too.

OnePlus will certainly make the jump to WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) for the display in 2017, so that it does not fall behind the competing Android smartphones from Samsung, LG, and others. It's also said to include a USB Type-C connector and large 4,000 mAh battery pack. 

Do you think that OnePlus will skip the OnePlus 4? Would you be interesting in getting a phone with a ceramic housing? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Baidu Tieba


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  • One Plus needs to improve their camera and add a micro s/d slot!

  • Mark
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    1 week ago Link to comment

    Mega pixels do not make the camera. With out good software and controls they mean nothing. Plus it just makes the picture file so big it eats up your storage. The only time mega pixels matter is if you want to increase the size of the picture.

  • This phone,the OnePlus 5 is rumored that it might match the S8 interms of specs or might be even better and if it is better than the S8 I wonder what some S8 users will have to say about that!

  • these kind of mobile should have a SD Card slot.
    generally these mobile have two slots.
    you can put either 2 sims or you can put 1 sim and 1 SD card.
    this is kind of wrong.
    or they should make mobile of higher inbuilt storage in it.

  • Doug D. 2 weeks ago Link to comment

    CDMA compatibility and this would be an instant purchase for me, but considering they are several generations in, there's probably no need for me to hold my breath. There are about 200 million of us on CDMA networks in the US, for one reason or another, oftentimes geographical needs to have a functional phone. I think that could mean quite a few sales, if OnePlus had the interest, oh well.

  • Sanjai Joseph
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    1 month ago Link to comment

    Oneplus need an SD card slot

  • Put a Qualcomm Verizon Compatible LTE modem in the phone and I'll buy it.
    I'm not leaving Verizon, especially since they brought unlimited back.
    Make a Verizon compatible phone and they'll sell a lot more.

  • how about optimizing memory usage instead of throwing more RAM?

    • storm 1 month ago Link to comment

      Or actually supporting the full USB c standard for once instead of just playing connector games.

  • I'm waiting for this flagship.

  • The 3T is by far the best phone I've ever had. As long as they don't s*** the bed in their business practices, then I have no doubt that they'll continue producing great phones. The 3T is nearly perfect, IMO. I wouldn't stray too far from it, if it were my call. That being said, 8Gbs of RAM is overkill for just a phone. Maybe, not so much if you consider VR applications​, but OnePlus has never publicly stated any interest in VR to my knowledge. A OnePlus VR would certainly turn some heads.

  • Oneplus X did suck, the connectivity in UK was pathetic, tried it on 3 networks, all poor yet with a Nexus 5 at the same time/network there was no issues. The customer service was pathetic too, basically told tough sh#t, ended up selling the 2 I'd bought on eBay for a £70 loss, got 2 Honor 7's, maybe not as aesthetically pleasing but far superior in performance..

  • I am eagerly waiting for this one, 2017 is the year of innovations, mostly due note 7 fiasco, all oems are extra cautious which is good for the customer.

  • I am very happy with my OP1, and very happy with the ability to install custom ROMs, and no bloatware. I hope this will return in whatever number the new phone gets.

  • Chupete 2 months ago Link to comment

    But...One plus three is 4 🤔😂

  • sam pack 2 months ago Link to comment

    the one plus x sucked in sooo many ways, are you kidding me. That's why no upgrades for it. No need to. Lol

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