When Oppo breakaway OnePlus announced the OnePlus One, it was immediately met with a boatload of anticipation. For around USD280-300, you essentially had all the features that a flagship of 2014 had, for almost half the price. It’s no wonder that it was called the “Flagship killer”. Since then, OnePlus has released the OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, the last one being released in Midnight Black as well.
Going by the numbering system of OnePlus, you would assume that the next flagship in line would be called the OnePlus 4. But that’s not so. The number 4 (four) is often considered unlucky in countries of the East Asian region as it resembles the word used death. This is called Tetraphobia which is the practice of avoiding instances of the number 4. Akin to how old buildings in the US skip the 13th Floor, buildings in Asian tech companies will often skip the 4th floor when numbering.
Taking all this into account, and finally, after many rumors, we now know that OnePlus has decided to name their latest flagship as the OnePlus 5. The flagship OnePlus 5 will be launched on June 20th at 12PM Eastern Time which is 9.30PM for Sri Lanka in case you were wondering.
What can we expect with the OnePlus 5?
As with previous OnePlus devices, the flagship OnePlus 5 will boast all the features and specifications that a powerful smartphone would have. Rumors continue to fly about exact specifications. The OnePlus 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and allegedly be backed up by 6GB of RAM. OnePlus has also partnered up with DxO, a company that develops image processing software and maintains a website with technical measurements of lenses and cameras as well.
This essentially means that the OnePlus 5 will have quite an advanced camera. Indeed, the tagline for the OnePlus 5 states to “focus on what matters”, possibly giving a broad hint at the camera of the OnePlus 5. In addition, the OnePlus 5 would also join the Dual Camera club by having dual rear cameras. The specifications such as Megapixel count and aperture size remain unknown till the 20th of June.
How much will the OnePlus 5 be?
In terms of price, the whole point of OnePlus devices was to offer an affordable smartphone packing a killer set of features. This went slightly awry with the OnePlus 3 and 3T but then again, I guess there is only so much one can do to set a balance between price and performance. It’s safe to assume that the OnePlus 5 isn’t going to be cheap. The 128GB OnePlus 3T retails for $479 and the older OnePlus 3 retails for $399. Convert that to Sri Lankan currency and you’re looking at a base price of around LKR73,000 and LKR60,000/- without the Retailers keeping a margin for themselves. That essentially does away with the whole price-to-performance ratio and you’re basically paying what you would for a regular flagship phone.
Nonetheless, one shouldn’t lose hope. I for one, am an ardent fan of OnePlus and I already marked the date on my calendar. Let’s see if the OnePlus 5 has all the features to be a Flagship killer and also has a price to boot as well.
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