OnePlus 5: Everything we know so far

UPDATE 09/06: First official picture of the phone revealed

Whilst the OnePlus 3T was a seriously stellar smartphone - with a fab design and stacks of power - it wasn't quite the major upgrade on the previous model that we were hoping for.

 Good news, then: it's already time to start looking ahead to OnePlus' next handset. And indeed, there's not long to wait for it now, because OnePlus has announced that it'll be officially revealed on June 20 at 12:00 EDT (that's 9.30pm IST).  And the Indian launch is at 2PM  on June 22 at the NSCI Dome, Mumbai.  It's also revealed the first official photo of the phone, which you can see in all its glory above (or below, if you prefer).

What else do we know about it? Well, quite a lot actually. Here are all the details.


>>> It will be called the OnePlus 5

Yes, we know you were all expecting the OnePlus 4, but the company's next hero phone will instead be called the OnePlus 5. Why? Not, as many outlets have reported, because the number four is considered unlucky in China. Apparently it's because a number of OnePlus big wigs are massive fans of former NBA player Robert Holly, who wore a #5 jersey. Could it be true? We're more convinced by the former theory, frankly...

>>> It'll be revealed on June 20

Yep, you'll only have to wait another couple of weeks for the big reveal, with OnePlus announcing a June 20 launch. And you'll be able to follow the launch here with Stuff of course.

>>> It will arrive on June 22

The OnePlus 3T arrived last autumn, not quite as a stop-gap model but not the massive leap forward from the OnePlus 3 many were expecting. The OnePlus 5 will arrive less than nine months later, on June 22. The company confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will launch at 2PM on June 22 at the NSCI Dome, Mumbai. There’s more to this launch event in India: the OnePlus 5 launch event will open its gates to the fan community as well. OnePlus fans can attend the invitation-only event by purchasing tickets from the OnePlus website on 12th June. All fans who attend the launch event will get gifts and other OnePlus merchandise. Select fans will also get a chance to purchase the OnePlus 5 at the event itself and own the device before anyone else in the country.  

>>> It looks a bit like an iPhone from the back

The first proper shot of the phone (above) reveals a premium-looking device with subtle curves and a distinct hint of iPhone 7 about it. Yeah, alright, it's a phone - they all look a bit alike - but this is definitely more in the Huawei P10 vein of looking a bit like an iPhone than the HTC U11 approach of not looking much like an iPhone at all. What else does the image tell us? Well... 

>>> It'll have dual cameras

Alright, so we'd already seen leaked photos and images of the box before, so this wasn't a surprise, but that first official image of the phone confirmed the two-cameras theory. We don't yet know what the second one will be for, though. Some are suggesting that there will be augmented and mixed reality smarts as standard. What form this might take is yet to surface, but a pair of lenses would be a key first step to the necessary depth perception. The latest signals point to a 23MP main camera, sourced from Sony, but it's unknown if the secondary snapper will match it for megapixels, or if it will be smaller.

Either way, camera experts DXO are on board to offer advice and make the OnePlus 5's cameras the best they can be. The only OnePlus phone on the DXO leaderboards right now is the OnePlus 2, with a score of 76 - some way behind the 90 scored by HTC's U11 and Galaxy S8's 88.

The official OnePlus Twitter account posted the first sample photo from the OnePlus 5 ahead of launch, putting it side-by-side with an unnamed competitor. One side is clearly superior, which bodes well for the OnePlus 5's snapping abilities.

>>> It appears to be made of metal

The above photo doesn't 100% confirm what material the phone is crafted from, but it looks like metal to us. Rumours had suggested OnePlus was going to opt for something different - maybe glass or ceramic - but unless there's more than one version, that appears to have been no more than a rumour. OnePlus' Twitter feed featured the line "A continuous hard edge, refined over 3 years." alongside the image, which doesn't particularly help either way.

>>> Rumours about it having skinny screen bezels appear to be wrong

Reports had suggested that the OnePlus 5 was going to follow the likes of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 by having an almost bezel-less all-screen front - removing the physical home button entirely and sticking the fingerprint sensor on the back. However, a quick glance at the official photo proves there's no fingerprint sensor on the back - well, unless it's located right down the bottom of the phone, and that seems unlikely. That doesn't mean it won't still slim down the bezels, but it looks unlikely that it'll genuinely be all-screen round the front.  

>>> It'll either have a 5.5in or 5.3in AMOLED display

You can't tell from the photo how big the screen is, obviously, so we're stuck with rumours on this one. The 3T packed a 5.5in 1080p AMOLED, which was no bad display. For the next-gen OnePlus, early evidence was hinting at a slight downsize to 5.3in, in favour of a resolution upgrade. A 2K AMOLED would make sense, given that many of OnePlus' competitors now pack QHD displays and OnePlus hasn't upgraded its flagship's screen resolution since the original OnePlus One. Later reports have suggested 5.5in will still be the norm, though.

>>> It'll still have a headphone jack, probably

The official photo proves there's not a headphone socket on the top, but despite rumours to the contrary we're still hoping we get one down the bottom. Tweets by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei give us some justification for our belief: in a poll Pei ran, 88% of respondents voted in favour of keeping the headphone socket and, given OnePlus' intimate connection with its loyal user base, it would be quite the PR foot-in-mouth moment to go against that tide of opinion. 

>>> It'll be pretty quick

Leaks and rumours aside, given how nippy the fantastic OnePlus 3T is it's a pretty safe bet that the next-gen OnePlus flagship will be even speedier. Present know-how points towards two models - one with 6GB of RAM and one with 8GB, and it's been confirmed by Qualcomm and OnePlus CEO Peter Lau that the OnePlus 5 will carry a Snapdragon 835 processor. That should mean a significant upgrade on the Snapdragon 821-powered 3T.

Lau also revealed that an OxygenOS update will manage app performance so that "the apps you use most are ready to go when you turn on the OnePlus 5" while less-used apps are deprioritised to increase the smoothness of the experience.

A leaked web store listing seemingly confirmed a 4000mAh battery, too


Want to know just how we sleuth out all of our OnePlus 4 secrets? Well, wonder no more: here's every story, rumour and leak that's been shared about it so far.

> 09 June 2017

We pretty much knew this already, but OnePlus' first official photo of the 5 has confirmed that the new phone will have dual cameras round the back. That same picture also confirms that it's a very nice looking phone indeed - quite iPhone-esque, really, with subtle curves. We like. 

> 07 June 2017

OnePlus has rolled out press invites for the OnePlus 5 launch in India where the CEO himself will be present. Plus, all you crazy fans will get a chance to attend the event and some might even get to buy the phone before anyone else in the country.

> 03 June 2017

Android Authority posted what appears to be a leaked photo of the OnePlus 5's box, including a tagline that seems to confirm the phone will arrive with a twin-camera setup. "Dual Cameras. Clearer Photos" says it all, really, doesn't it?

> 29 May 2017

The first camera sample taken with the OnePlus 5 was posted to the official OnePlus Twitter account, showing off the results of the partnership between OnePlus and DxO Labs.

> 23 May 2017

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirms in a blog post that the phone will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.

> 21 May 2017

OnePlus announced that it had partnered up with DxO Labs, in an effort to improve the OnePlus 5's camera quality. The announcement seemingly confirmed the OnePlus 5 name, but gave no hints towards specifications.

> 15 May 2017

A leaked retail listing posted to Geekbuying seemed to confirm all the hardware specs that have leaked so far, including a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 4000mAh battery, and a 5.5in, 2560x1440 resolution. Accompanying images seemed to show the OnePlus 5 with a dual-camera setup on the front, as well as on the back, but the specifications only mention a 23MP rear sensor.

> 09 May 2017

OnePlus head honcho Carl Pei posted a teaser to Chinese Twitter alternative Weibo suggesting the next OnePlus phone wasn't too far away... and then confirmed to the Vergethat it would be called the OnePlus 5, and would launch this summer. This effectively put all rumours about names to rest, although the reason for skipping the number 4 is still a mystery - even if OnePlus would like you to believe it really, really likes former NBA player Robert Holly.

> 22 April 2017

Chinese language tech site PCPop has reportedly uncovered the specs and features of the next OnePlus phone, suggesting we can expect high-end hardware and a 7mm thick design to match - complete with ultra-thin screen bezels that will compete with the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8.

> 4 December 2016

PhoneRadar carries a story reporting on rumours from China that the OnePlus 4 may be skipped in favour of the OnePlus 5, which itself might have a ceramic body.

> 13 November 2016

AndroidPure reports a potential leak from a Weibo user, accompanied by a possible render of what could be the OnePlus 4 or, intriguingly, 5. The rumour also suggested the next OnePlus flagship could carry a 5.3in AMOLED display and ship in two RAM variants: a 6GB and an 8GB model. What's more, it reports the OnePlus 4 could have a dual-camera with augmented and mixed reality kit.

> 13 November 2016

PocketNow explores current reports, suggesting the next OnePlus will carry either a Snapdragon 830 or 835 chip.

> 25 October 2016

OnePlus CEO Carl Pei co-founder runs a Twitter poll asking whether users like headphone jacks. The result? A resounding yes.