OnePlus 5 Rumor Roundup — 8 GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 & More
It's hard to believe that it's only been three years since OnePlus started making waves in the mobile industry with the release of the OnePlus One. As a small startup in 2014, the company's strategy of offering flagship-tier specs at midrange prices by relying on word-of-mouth marketing and other cost-saving measures propelled them into the upper echelon of phone makers. Now they're gearing up to launch their fifth flagship device.
If you count the OnePlus 3T, which was released just months after the OnePlus 3, it makes sense that they're skipping the "4" branding and going straight to the OnePlus 5 this year. The OnePlus One was an amazing phone, loved by almost everyone. The OnePlus 2 did get a bit of hate, but the OnePlus 3 and 3T have been favorites since day one of their releases. Knowing OnePlus, the OnePlus 5 will challenge flagships from other OEMs, and most certainly be a hard phone to resist.
There haven't been too many leaked details yet, but there is one supposed render of the OnePlus 5 that comes courtesy of India Today. I wouldn't go crazy about it, as the leak doesn't come from the most credible of sources, but it's a start.
The same India Today report mentions a few of the key specs, and most of these seem to be in line with what we've grown to expect from OnePlus, so we'll go ahead and list them, then dive into the details below.
- processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- RAM: 8 GB
- storage: 64 GB base with expandable storage up to 2 TB
- screen: 5.5-inch 1080p LCD
- camera: dual rear cameras, single front-facing camera
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will be powering most of this year's flagship devices, with the exception of the LG G6, which is using an optimized Snapdragon 821. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ both use the Snapdragon 835, and OnePlus already has a phone with the Snapdragon 821, so there's no reason to think their latest flagship won't use the 835. You can read all about the Snapdragon 835 in the link below.
OnePlus has been offering 64 GB as the base storage tier in their devices since the release of the OnePlus 3, and we expect them to continue in that fashion. The OnePlus 5 is also rumored to keep the same dual SIM and expandable SD slot that OnePlus has used since the release of their very first device. The only thing we'd like to see added is a hybrid slot that supports two SIM cards and an SD card at the same time — but let's see what happens, OnePlus is known for listening to consumers, so we're holding out hope.
The OnePlus 5 has been reported to come with a whopping 8 GB of RAM. This might seem a bit farfetched, but the OnePlus 3 and 3T both have 6 GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 835 does indeed support up to 8 gigabytes of memory, so it's feasible. But the LG G6, Galaxy S8, and HTC U Ultra came with 4 GB of RAM, so doubling this number seems like a lot. Then again, who wouldn't want 8 GB of RAM in their phone, so here's to hoping this part is true.
Following in the footsteps of previous OnePlus devices, the OnePlus 5 is rumored to come with a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD screen. There's nothing wrong with a 5.5-inch screen, it's plenty big, and the resolution looks pretty damn good at 401 ppi. OnePlus might ultimately decide to take it up a notch to Quad HD, but that's something we'll just have to wait and see.
Take this rumor with a giant pinch of salt, since the picture is a bit too clean. India Times claims the OnePlus 5 will come with a dual rear camera setup, with two cameras that look like they've been copied and pasted from a render of the OnePlus 3 or 3T. Just zoom in on the above image and take a closer look yourself. Besides claiming there will be two cameras, the report didn't provide any information on pixel size or megapixel rating, which is a bit suspicious, so we're not too confident in these rumors.
If you're as excited for the OnePlus 5 as we are, remember to come back and check for any updates to this article, as we'll be staying on top of all the latest rumors and leaks. What do you guys think? Does the OnePlus 5 sound like a phone worth waiting for, or do you already have your eyes set on another device? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to include your own personal wants and desires for the upcoming OnePlus flagship device.