5 OnePlus 5 rumored features that could give the Samsung Galaxy S8 a run for the money

While everyone's talking about the Galaxy S8 and breaking Samsung's pre-order records, a tiny company in China is rumored to be preparing its ultimate challenger in the Android realm – a smartphone that plays in the same design and performance league, but costs a lot less. Think $300 less, or more! We are talking about OnePlus and the upcoming OnePlus 5.

Skipping a number to prevent the bad fortune the Chinese associate with 4, the handset is rumored to be spec'd to the nines and comparatively design-conscious. Here are 5 things about the OnePlus 5 that give it true "flagship killer" potential – at least figuratively.

For its unbeatable performance-to-ratio advantage in Western markets, let's remember that OnePlus can't pull off Samsung's billion dollar marketing to get comparable sales volume, doesn't partner with carriers, and is going to remain an "underdog" for the foreseeable future.

But these are technicalities. Let us focus on the great potential at hand – even if it's all rumors at this point!

1. A new design with slim bezels and no Home button, ready to tackle Samsung's

You may have thought OnePlus needs to freshen it up for the follow-up to the rather basic-looking OP 2 and OP 3. Apparently, so does the company! Leaks from China suggest very thin side bezels, or possibly an "all-screen" type design as a major change coming to the OnePlus 5.

What's more, OP is supposedly doing away with the physical home button, too, and moving the fingerprint scanner to the back panel – hopefully in a more sensible place than Samsung's camera-smudging placement.

While we doubt OnePlus has the resources to make a phone quite as sleek and meticulous as the Galaxy S8 right now, it can certainly generate a looker that's on par with the Xiaomi Mi Mix or another eye-grabbing model. Which would be a huge advantage, combined with other strong sides the OP5 is rumored to have! Such as...

2. More RAM memory than any other smartphone in 2017

Look, we all know RAM isn't the be-all, end-all of smartphone performance. But the OnePlus 5 is rumored to feature a whopping 8GB of the stuff, and OP knows darn well how to sell the extra memory put in its handsets. The OnePlus 3 is still a big deal for having 6GB RAM anywhere in the world. The few 6GB handsets today are China-exclusives.

Additional RAM might not give them any considerable speed advantages, but it sure makes a smartphone appear more powerful and cutting-edge! And with 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus will easily make the Galaxy S8, which hovers between 4GB and 6GB in different markets, seem a tad underpowered.

Said excess of RAM is expected to be packaged with the Snapdragon 835 processor and a 2K-resolution display (a first for OnePlus), evening out the playing field between the "flagship" and its killer-candidate in these regards.

3. A supercharged camera with possible dual-lens setup

OnePlus may be bulletproofing the OP5's spec sheet to the largest extent possible at the time of launch. This includes rumors of a 23MP rear camera and 16MP front camera. Chances are the rear cam will be a dual-lens module with optical image stabilization, but alas, we haven't been clued in to any other goodies that may be in store.

Single or dual-lens, a 23MP camera is almost twice as generous as what Samsung offers with the Galaxy S8's 12MP camera in terms of raw megapixel count. But it's perfectly possible that the S8 will end up beating the OnePlus 5 – and probably most new Android phones – in terms of photo quality.

OnePlus may have the bigger sensor, but as a smaller company, it may not have what it takes to make the absolute most out of it. With that said, OP always shipped decent cameras, and we expect adequate shots from the upcoming OnePlus 5.

4. Better battery life than most

Rumored to stand at between 3500mAh to 4000mAh, the OnePlus 5's large battery capacity and its power-efficient Snapdragon 835 chipset will probably make for excellent battery life, surpassing that of the Galaxy S8 and, possibly, the Galaxy S8+'. They ship with 3000mAh and 3500mAh units, respectively, and are rated around the same as their predecessors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The line is clear for OnePlus to come up with one of the longest-lasting Android smartphones this year... if it really wants to.

5. A price that's hard to resist!

The price is going to be the biggest kicker. Word is, OnePlus is going to sell all the aforementioned goodness for less than $500! This is very affordable for a handset this up-to-date, easily up to $300-$350 less than what any competitor on the Western market has to offer.

Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn't have the advantage of working with carriers anywhere in Europe or the US, and warranty or customer support may be spotty, depending on where you purchase from. Moreover, OnePlus has trouble keeping its aging models up to date – the OP2 and OnePlus X are yet to receive Nougat updates, and no one at the company's up to explain why. Well, we know why – it's a small company doing small company things!

There's still very little to lose from purchasing a handset like the OP5 unlocked, so unless it ships with some deadly flaws, the new OnePlus could be the phone to beat in price-to-performance ratio this year. OP's product quality and sales get better with each year, so we are generally optimistic about its latest effort.


Related phones

Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

My $500 is ready

22. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

unless it comes with a QHD display, it aint giving anything a run for anything. that will be 4 fukkin years of the same 1080p screen. the ones who comment about not needing a qhd never had one. its easily noticeable vs a qhd. use a qhd for a month, have someone hand you a fhd phone and you will immediately notice it. it looks good but something about the details will que u to it. 4gb is enough,so stop the nonesense. even in pc no one needs more then 8gb unless you're doing video editing. bring an sd card, thats much more usable.

24. chbanks512

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

Agreed. There isn't a cell phone in the world that needs 8GB of RAM: especially a $500 one. What could One+ possibly be housing in that phone that could ever require 8GB of RAM. Quite literally a waste of hardware.

29. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Drink more of corporate cool aid will you, QHD is just a marketing gimmick started by Samsung to make for AMOLEDs lack of sharpness due to pixel arrangement. The trick played so well into the gullible like yourself so hungry for arbitrary spec upgrades that now apparently a QHD screen that's only as sharp as a 1080p LCD screen is somehow better. Tell me how rending almost twice the amount of pixels to only achieve no more sharpness is something "you will immediately notice"? Then you have underdog companies like LG so desperate to please your mental blocked spec box ticking sickness, that they've put QHD on their LCD screens. Remind me how well LG phones sell again.

30. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

bla bla blah qhd ftw op sales were crap anyway op2 opx op3 op3t all fails

33. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

VR maybe? And u r right about samsung screens... I wonder why everyone always says they are the best every year. Shame on you samsung


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

GTFO dude. We all know qhd is only somewhat useful with OLED's tacky pentile pixel arrangement. LCD never needed to go above fhd on mobile screens. My GF has an old LG G Vista 2, and I can't make a single pixel out at any distance, while there is a mildly noticeable fuzziness to my fhd OnePlus 3T screen.

40. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

you have a qhd phone near you? im guessing no. I was like you regurgitating the same crap as others about not noticing the difference and what not but have a qhd phone for a month and you will easily notice the difference when you go back to fhd. I have my garbage htc m7 near me. the screen is very high quality. but compared to my previous g4 and now v20, you easily notice. its not immediate but using the m7 for a minute or two and you do notice it. zooming in also makes a difference. get a qhd phone and youll see. get a zte axon 7. it has it all. $400. oneplus one has been selling the same 7 month phone for $460.

51. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I've had 2. You guessed wrong. It wasn't really that much of a "OMG, never turning back, can't live without" difference. LG G4 and HTC 10. I preferred my experience with my Full-HD (1080p) display smartphones, such as my OnePlus 3 and Nextbit Robin. For my personal needs, I didn't see the necessity. Especially considering in my personal time with them, the battery life sucked on both smartphones compared to my smartphones with the Full-HD displays.

34. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I prefer 1080p

36. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Same here. It's really not that necessary to have a Quad HD display on a smartphone. At least in my honest opinion.

35. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

So true, my pc has over 40 Chrome tabs open and I'm only using 8.5GB (out of 16GB), but no one else will have so many..... but I do game, so kinda need it. I would say 8GB on a PC is required and recommended, less is not enough and more is stupid.

41. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I've had QHD and no you don't need it. 1080p is just fine for a phone, although I doubt they will stick with 1080p this year, either way I don't really care.

45. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

you dont NEED anything. I can use my nokia Nokia C1-00 to communicate with friends. if youre claiming to be a flagship phone then high end specs should be there. QHD is one of them. nfc wireless charging and even ir blaster would be great. the v20 has it and its quite useful for me. I highly doubt you had a QHD. I never met anyone who had a qhd phone..even a zte axon 7 for $400 (btw, which has better battery performance then the op3/t) and said, nah, FHD is too much. just like ram. I dont know anyone who put 16gb in his pc and said, nah, 4 is enough. so I call bulls**t on your claim. op1 was a success and they werent able to get that after that

2. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Humans are such fickle and foolish creatures. The first point: "1. A new design with slim bezels and no Home button, ready to tackle Samsung's" :-/ First off, is this a tech site, or a Tyra Banks modeling show? Since when is the outside of a phone more important than, you know, the inside? For years' all I heard was straight bitching on the part of tech enthusiasts pissed at the fact that most people bought phones based on how they look. Now... complete 180, Fate and the Furious style. It's kinda hilarious. Whatever, guess it doesn't matter. Spec sheet looks good, except the unnecessary amounts of RAM 1+ will undoubtedly throttle early into the products life span. Nothing less than a Notebook needs 8 gigs of RAM. Unless they plan on running some of those legacy Windows applications, the excess will be a waste of battery... something we all agree needs to improve in phones.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

For once I agree with you.

12. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

I think it's not Tyra Banks, it's Briana Banks show....; )

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

"Since when is the outside of a phone more important than, you know, the inside?" Well! I'll have to say that right from the time that iPhone 8 is launched with edge to edge screen.

3. cocoy

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

That camera design looks ugly to me, just copy the camera design of Honor 8 pro with no camera bump. I'll get it even if the annoying envite is still the practice of One plus

4. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Im expecting op5 to be a good phone as im enjoying my op3 with its price!

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So a cheap price indicates a flagship killer? And how about updates? Support? Compability issues in mobile payments? I can carry on forever. Their phones are great for the price, but they're lacking so much compared to the big oems.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

What compatibility issues in mobile payments? Support is a bit tricky, I agree since they don't have any locations outside China. But their updates are pretty good for the latest model. The previous ones should get 7 too, but they are late on that. My experience is that they do a better job than Samsung for instance.

19. alexp999

Posts: 77; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

One of the best bits about OnePlus is their "dev friendlyness" and ease of unlocking. This has resulted in an excellent "nexus like" XDA community. So even if OnePlus stop updating the software in future, XDA will keep it going. :)

7. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh, and off topic, but:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-10/leeco-is-said-to-miss-u-s-sales-forecasts-plan-more-job-cuts So... where's the guy who said LeEco would make waves in the west?

8. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*West No Kanye...

9. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

BBK tiny company???

10. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

OP needs to add SD support and water resistance, those are two main things S8 has over OP. (and pls keep the headphone jack)

43. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

No thinks, waterproofing in unlikely and will add cost, sdcard support is not necessary.

11. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

just give us 6gb ram with reasonable price as always. that camera design is ugly , hope its just a concept . camera performance and price would be the key for op5 success .

13. wololoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

"Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn't have the advantage of working with carriers anywhere in Europe or the US" That is not true. In Finland operator Elisa sells OnePlus phones, i think its the only one in Europe.

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