Presumed OnePlus 5 photo sample hints at a camera with portrait mode, bokeh effect


The recently posted official image of the OnePlus 5 already confirmed the availability of a dual-camera setup. The exact camera specs are still unknown, but one of them may be a monochrome unit, if we can judge from the photo published by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on Tuesday. And now comes another clue straight out of the OnePlus Twitter page – the above portrait, captioned “Totally Bokeh”.

This leads us to the logical assumption that the OnePlus 5's camera will be able to reproduce the so-called bokeh effect – one that allows you to take photos with a blurry background in order to emphasize on the main subject in the photograph, much as a skilled photographer would with a dedicated camera by using a wide aperture setting. On the iPhone 7 Plus, this effect is simply known as Portrait Mode, where it is accompanied by 2x optical zoom. 

On a related note, simulated bokeh can be found in more than a few handsets with dual-camera modules – not only on the iPhone 7 Plus, but also on the high-end Huawei P10 and even in more affordable models like the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, for instance. Some single-camera phones also try to deliver the effect, but dual-cam handsets tend to produce better results. 

So, while OnePlus doesn’t say explicitly that the photo has been taken with an OnePlus 5, we can rest assured that its next phone will have a portrait mode of sorts. And considering that the company has been posting teasers on a regular basis, we should be expecting more of them before June 20, when the OnePlus 5 is to be announced. 

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