It looks like the upcoming OnePlus flagship phone is well ahead of the competition. In fact, nothing on the market compares to its features and supposed price range. Tweeted by prolific leaker of smartphone news, Evan Blass, the new OnePlus 5, as it is now called due to auspicious reasons, looks to be a real flagship killer.
Some of the OnePlus 5's alleged specs include:
- Snapdragon 835
- 8GB RAM
- 64GB of internal storage, now with expandable storage of up to 128GB, brilliant
- 5.5 inch 4K display
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Android Nougat 7.1
- Dual nano-SIM card slots
- 16MP front camera and a 23MP rear camera
- Bluetooth 4.2, not 5
- 3.5mm headphone jack (can’t take these for granted these days)
Hold your horses...
Just looking at the list, there’s nothing revolutionary here, but it certainly pushes the ceiling of what can be packed in a smartphone today. Its features are a step above what’s generally on the market right now.
But let's take a closer look before we get too excited; the 5.5 inch 4K display is more of an obligatory next step than a genuine advancement. Chances are, you won’t even see the difference. Scrutinise the 2K phones you already have, like the Galaxy S8. The pixels are indiscernible and you really need to stick your face right in to pick out the tiny pixels of the screen. What matters is how bright the screen can go and how clear it is under sunlight – not determined by the resolution.
On the bright side, we know for sure that the 4000mAh battery is a welcome inclusion as it provides the phone with much needed juice to power that needy 4K display.
The camera upgrade at 16MP and 23MP on the front and back respectively seem like numbers to get excited about, but hold your horses, because megapixels only matter if you’re printing your photographs. We still don’t know much about the phone’s processors, so its high megapixels aren’t an indication of how your pictures will look.
Then again, OnePlus’ biggest draws were always high-end specs coupled with low prices (which we still don’t know). OnePlus isn’t one to reinvent the wheel, but these are mind-boggling specs on a device that will most definitely be priced way below its flagship counterparts. After all, what is OnePlus without its big value for money?