What remains unknown is how the dual rear camera setup works. There are two possible working mechanisms that are seen across popular smartphones: the first setup involves using a combination of RGB and monochrome sensors to enhance the detail in images (as seen on the Huawei P10 and P10+), and the second setup involves using the second sensor for optical zoom (like on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus) or for wide angle scenarios (like on the LG G5/G6).
Which setup will the OnePlus 5 opt for?
There has been no official confirmation from OnePlus on this end, but we can make an educated guess. OnePlus’s marketing slogan for the OnePlus 5 is currently “Focus on what matters”, accompanied by images which have a zoomed-in focus area in the center.
To add to this, Oppo recently announced the Oppo R11, a device that also looks very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. The Oppo R11 comes with a rear camera setup comprising of a 16MP main sensor and a 20MP sensor for 2x optical zoom. Considering the fact that Oppo and OnePlus (along with Vivo) are subsidiaries of BBK Electronics, it makes sense that the OnePlus 5 could be very similar to the Oppo R11. The precedent for the same also exists, as the first OnePlus device, the OnePlus One was also very similar to the Oppo Find 7.
Rumored pricing for the device puts the starting price of the phone to be around $449, but several rumors also quote the pricing to be as high as $499 and even beyond for the 8GB variant. Indian pricing is rumored to ₹32,999 ($510) for the base variant and ₹37,999 ($590) for the top variant, though we are not confident of the source. Since all of these mentioned prices do not have the backing of more reliable sources, remain skeptical.
Here is a recap of what is confirmed for the OnePlus 5 and what remains under speculation:
- ‘OnePlus 5’ name, skipping over ‘OnePlus 4’
Launch – June 20th
Metallic unibody design not larger than the OnePlus 3/3T
Dual Rear Camera
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 5.5″ AMOLED Display
6GB RAM variant with 64GB storage
Android 7.1 Nougat with OxygenOS
Front Fingerprint Scanner
- Existence of Headphone Jack
Battery Capacity – Ranging from 3,000 mAh to 4,000 mAh
Faster/better DASH charging
Rear camera setup enables optical zoom
Pricing – Ranging from $449 to beyond $500