OnePlus CEO says OnePlus 5 will be "the thinnest flagship phone"

OnePlus CEO says OnePlus 5 will be "the thinnest flagship phone"
The OnePlus 5 is officially launching sometime this summer, and we already know that it's going to be a very powerful smartphone - thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. We also know that the upcoming handset features a rear camera made in collaboration with DxO, has a fingerprint scanner on the front, and (most likely) won't ditch the standard 3.5mm headset jack.

Now, thanks to OnePlus CEO and co-founder Pete Lau, we have yet another detail about the OnePlus 5. In a post made on Weibo (China's largest micro-blogging platform), Pete Lau suggests that the OnePlus 5 will be very thin. 

According to the translation of said post, Pete Lau "believes" that the OnePlus 5 "is the thinnest flagship phone." It's not clear if he talks about all flagship phones on the market, or just about OnePlus flagships. However, we can certainly assume that the OnePlus 5 will be thinner than the 7.35 mm OnePlus 3T (pictured above), thus becoming the company's skinniest high-end smartphone to date. The 6.9mm-thin OnePlus X doesn't count, since it wasn't a flagship model.

Pete Lau also seemingly says that OnePlus didn't have to make compromises related to the user experience in order to build a thinner device. Oh, and he's already using the new phone - but that's hardly a surprise.

Of course, until we know the phone's dimensions, we can't really compare it to the OnePlus 3T (or to any other flagship out there). We'll just have to wait and see exactly how thin the OnePlus 5 is once it's officially announced.


source: Weibo (automatic translation not available)

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  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie

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36 Comments

61. AnnDroid

Posts: 92; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

I'll take a thicker phone with a bigger battery. Please get me through the entire day on a 18-month old phone!

60. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is not something to be proud of. Thin phones are hard to hold, and easy to drop. Leads to broken screens. Now, if they go the oneplus x route, that metal trim made the phone decently grippy. But I'd rather see a few mm added to the thickness, for a larger battery.

59. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Make it an 8mm body, I don't give a damn, but stuff a bigger battery.

58. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Does it mean that "no headphone jack"?

55. antmiu2

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

It will be DOA to me if the battery is not 3300 mAh or more

47. cmdacos

Posts: 4423; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wonder if it will develop that nice iPhone 6 style curve over time being so thin?

45. Cat97

Posts: 2075; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

But who asked them to make the thinnest phone ? They answered a question that nobody asked. If they did the world's best battery life phone then yes, there will be a reason to brag about.

38. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Oh no... 7-8 mm = bigger battery!!

33. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The Oneplus phones are usually huge, so don't worry, thin doesn't mean small battery. If it was thin AND compact then the battery might be small. Tablets are thin as hell but they are huge with huge batteries. I think the same applies here. I am guessing 4000 mah but huge bezels and thin. Which is deal breaker for me but shouldn't be for big battery lovers. I was never intersected in the design philosophy of this phone but battery lovers shouldn't be discouraged.

28. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Worst news ever f*ck battery life. Well this is my last Android between Google giving the big FU to root users and OEMs not wanting to give us longer battery life. Here I come Windows phone now that SD835 supports it natively.

27. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

If thinness means small battery, I won't be buying one.

26. androiduser

Posts: 577; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Yeah i guess I'll go for the nokia 9 then. f**k oneplus

23. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Good bye headphone jack

22. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Useless feature.

20. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Why Oneplus? why? SMH

18. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Thinnest...ie: don't count on a battery that will last the entire day & evening, unless: you keep the screen dim, battery saver on, and don't use it much. Screw this thin garbage. Make them thicker, and use larger batteries! My last two phones have had 4,000mAH batteries and I wouldn't even consider a phone, without a large battery.

14. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Its unbelievable just for how long smartphone companies have been getting their priorities completely wrong. If they only spent a fraction of the time and $$$ on battery life instead of screens with a gazillion PPI which eyes cannot perceive and shaving down smartphone thickness till they become a roll of toilet paper, we would all be charging our phones just once a week by now. Why hasn't anybody including Samsung even tried solar charging tech?

17. NoAllegiance unregistered

Samsung Blue Earth

12. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Thinnest can mean one thing for certain... bye bye Jack, no room for you on this door today.

11. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

The thin race is played out...People want endurance ,not Uber svelte

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2577; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If he manages to do so without sacrificing the 3.5 mm headphone jack then that will be a big slap in the faces of Apple and others that stated the space was crucial for other things.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple also has some other hardware such as the huge Taptic engine, larger A10 SoC, and a big dual camera setup consuming space inside the iPhone 7 Plus. That's why it needed to remove the 3.5mm jack

46. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Including the motion co-processor, stereo speakers and the 3d touch module.

53. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The motion co-processor is embedded, that's why I didn't mention it.

9. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

And that guarantees I won't buy it. Over focus on thinness might be the worst thing to happen to cell phones.

8. NoAllegiance unregistered

Assuming they mean OnePlus thinnest flagship device and it is 7mm, it is quite possible to have 3500mah battery as Motorola and Huawei has with the Moto Z Force and P10 Plus. Moto Z is 5.2mm and that did not turn out well in unless they are doing Mods too.

7. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would say that puts them at a disadvantage. People want bigger batteries.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm assuming they mean for their own brand. I can't imagine them being thinner than the Moto Z at 5.19mm. The thinnest they should go is 7 mm to keep the battery at 3000mAh at least

4. aegislash

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Okay...so we can expect to see an even bigger camera hump than the one on the OnePlus 3/3T, then? If that is the case, what a joke...OEMs bragging about thinness becomes completely obsolete when the device has a camera bulge sticking out. Lots of OEMs are very much guilty of this.

3. macawmatt

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I don't know why excessively thin is still the measure some of these companies are using for how "good" their phone is. I admit that I don't want a .5" brick, but thinner phones typcially compromise the structural rigidity of the phone, and like ibend remarked, something has to give and its usually the battery. I don't care if I can get 12 hours of charge in fifteen minutes, I shouldn't have to be charging mid day with normal usage anyways.

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