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OnePlus 5 in a nutshell: Specs, UK release info and everything else

The OnePlus 5 will be the company's first big phone launch of 2017, rather than the previously anticipated OnePlus 4. Here's everything we think we know about the OnePlus 5 so far, including leaked specs, likely UK release info and how it will compare to the OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus has been pretty consistent with its flagship phones to date, offering top-end specs and killer performance for a price that undercuts most rival handsets. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, both released in 2016, proved to be the best mobiles the Chinese company has launched so far. In fact, the OnePlus 3T even impressed us enough to be billed as Recombu's Best Phone of 2016.

In the next few months we're expecting to see the first new OnePlus phone of 2017. At first we of course thought this would be launched as the OnePlus 4, but now it seems like we're skipping straight to the OnePlus 5 - for a very unusual reason.

So what do we know about the OnePlus 5 so far? And will it be a worthy upgrade for OnePlus 3T owners?

OnePlus 5 specs (rumoured)

Phone OnePlus 5
Screen size and type 5.5-inch AMOLED
Screen resolution Quad HD (2560x1440)
Water resistant? TBC
Processor Snapdragon 835
Memory 8GB
Storage From 64GB
microSD? TBC
OS Android 7.1
Battery 4000mAh with Dash Charge
Cameras Dual-lens rear camera

OnePlus 5 design and OS rumours

As with previous OnePlus phones, you can expect the OnePlus 5 to come packing the latest version of Android. In other words, Android Nougat 7.1 if this handset is released in the next couple of months. On top of this will come OnePlus' own Oxygen OS overlay, which adds some bonus customisation and some other nifty features. We're expecting the next version of Oxygen OS to add some funky new functionality, to help you further customise the handset to your liking.

Some web whisperings point to an all-new water resistant design, although including this feature would further add to the OnePlus’ price tag. We personally reckon this might be skipped, to keep the asking price as low as possible without skimping on the other specs. However, talk of a new rear-mounted fingerprint sensor could be perfectly legit - here’s hoping it’s not as awkward as the Galaxy S8’s effort.

Of course, the biggest question surrounding the new OnePlus flagship phone is - will the bloody thing finally come with a microSD memory card slot? Come on OnePlus, don’t keep on doing this Apple thing. Give us expandable storage already!

OnePlus 5 display rumours

OnePlus is rumoured to be sticking with a 5.5-inch display for the new phone, not a surprise as every single flagship since the OnePlus One has done the same. This will once again be an AMOLED panel, for pleasingly vibrant visuals. Some of the latest OnePlus rumours point to a screen that curves at the edges, similar to the Galaxy S8's. This is likely to be a more subtle curvature if true, however, to help make the phone more compact and comfortable to wield one-handed.

Some changes will have to be made if OnePlus wants to remain a well-priced rival to the latest flagship Androids. After all, the LG G6 and Samsung's Galaxy S8 both support HDR video playback, offering seriously realistic image reproduction. With the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video supporting HDR streaming on mobile devices from 2017, that's proving a big draw for media fans. Of course, adding HDR support will really jack up the asking price of the OnePlus 5 - which might rule it out entirely.

What we might see instead is a jump in resolution, from Full HD to Quad HD. This will offer supremely crisp movie playback and photo reproduction. Plus, Quad HD makes for a much more immersive VR experience - something OnePlus has already jumped on with previous devices. We've even seen a OnePlus-branded VR headset, launched with the OnePlus 3. Interest in mobile VR is on the increase and it makes sense for OnePlus to offer an immersive experience - especially if the OnePlus 5 packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset.

OnePlus 5 performance and battery life rumours

The Snapdragon 835 offers support for some seriously next-gen VR experiences, including full hand mapping and freedom of movement in a virtual environment. In addition, you’ll get improved performance over most existing flagships, as well as better power efficiency and faster connectivity, for super-smooth media streaming.

That Snapdragon 835 chipset supports iris scanner tech too, so we might well see an alternative to the fingerprint sensor on offer. The latest rumours point to a whopping 8 gigs of RAM being stuffed inside the new handset, which would make the new OnePlus proper bloody quick. In fact, so far we've only tested out one device with this processing power on board - the rather excellent Sony Xperia XZ Premium. That Sony phone has certainly impressed, so the OnePlus 5 should too.

A mighty 4000mAh battery is said to be packed inside the OnePlus 5, which would hopefully give two days of life between charges like the Huawei Mate 9 and Honor 8 Pro. The latest version of Dash Charge will no doubt ensure quick charging, while keeping the battery cool and safe.

OnePlus 5 camera rumours

OnePlus' camera tech has always been solid if not remarkable, offering strong everyday snaps but not quite reaching the gorgeous results of rivals from Samsung and Sony.

However, we're expecting all of that to change with the OnePlus 5. The company has leaked ahead of the official launch that the latest OnePlus smartphone will boast camera tech crafted in collaboration with optics expert DxO Labs.

In case that means nothing to you, DxO Labs is a French firm specialising in cameras, with a particular interest in mobile photography. The DxOMark Mobile test is widely regarded as an accurate indicator of a smartphone camera's strengths and weaknesses, putting each big handset through its paces to see which is best.

The OnePlus 5 is therefore expected to come packing one of the best mobile snappers yet. Question is, will it be as good as the HTC U11 - currently topping the league with its excellent UltraPixel 3 camera?

Leaks have already revealed that the OnePlus 5 will boast a dual-lens camera, just like the iPhone 7 Plus and plenty of other modern mobiles. However, we don't yet know for sure if one of those lenses packs optical zoom functionality.

With OnePlus' optimised image stabilisation tech on board, you can definitely expect smooth, good-looking video results. Up to 4K video resolution video recording will of course be available, as it has from the very start.

OnePlus 5 UK price and release date

You can expect the OnePlus 5 to launch some time in summer 2017. This will leave enough of a gap between the new handset and the OnePlus 3T to avoid annoying fans. We reckon you'll see the OnePlus 5 on sale around June or July 2017, most likely for a £399 to £449 asking price - depending on the specs, of course.

You can exclusively grab the awesome OnePlus 3T from O2 right now from £33 per month.

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