OnePlus 5 StyleSwap Covers Leaked in Four Variants Ahead of Launch

Though the launch event is just hours away, the OnePlus 5 leaks just refuse to stop. The latest image leak indicates that the OnePlus 5 will be launched alongside a bunch of StyleSwap covers, and four of them can be seen in a leaked image.

Twitter user Harsh Pitroda has gotten hold of this image, and it shows four StyleSwap covers for the OnePlus 5. The leaked image suggests that the covers will be available in the popular wooden and sandstone finishes. Some of these covers were seen on the OnePlus 3 as well, and they look like they are about to make a comeback on the OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 5 launch event will begin at 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST) on Tuesday. You can watch the live stream on the company’s US website. In India, the smartphone will launch at an event in Mumbai on June 22, and the smartphone looks set to be made available on the same day exclusively on Amazon India.

OnePlus 5 StyleSwap Covers Leaked in Four Variants Ahead of LaunchAs for leaked specifications, the OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

The OnePlus 5 sports two rear sensors at the back – one main 16-megapixel Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture and another 20-megapixel Sony telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the OnePlus 5. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and More

The sale season continues with the new Amazon sale that started Monday and continues till tomorrow. The three-day Amazon Smartphone Sale offers deals and discounts on OnePlus 3T, Moto G5 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, Coolpad Note 5 Lite, and many others. The new Amazon sale will end tomorrow, so if you are in the market for a new smartphone, then you should probably check out the deals here. But it’s not just smartphones that are on discount, as the new Amazon sale provides deals on laptops, televisions, earphones, power banks, microSD cards, as well as consumer durables. Separately, OnePlus 5 – the successor of OnePlus 3T will launch tonight, and Amazon India is running an app-only contest through which fans can get a unit of the next OnePlus flagship for free.

Amazon sale deals on mobiles

For starters, the Amazon sale is offering OnePlus 3T 64GB at Rs. 29,999 with an exchange offer and a No Cost EMI option. The exchange offer is up to Rs. 13,060 and there’s also an offer from Vodafone that gets you 45GB of free data for five months. Furthermore, as part of the Amazon sale, there is up to 70 percent off on OnePlus 3T cases and covers as well. Amazon is also offering those buying the OnePlus 3T as part of the Amazon sale, Amazon Pay balance of Rs. 250 if you stream video content via the Prime Video app once you purchase the smartphone. Lastly, there’s also a Bajaj Finserv No Cost EMI option applicable on the OnePlus 3T 64GB starting at Rs. 2,499 for 12 months.

As part of the Amazon India sale, the iPhone 7 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB are up for grabs at discounted rates of Rs. 42,999, Rs. 54,490, and Rs. 65,900 respectively. There’s a further discount of up to Rs. 13,060 also offered on exchange of an old smartphone, reducing the purchase value even further. This exchange offer is also listed on the iPhone 6 32GB which is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 24,999 as part of the Amazon sale offers.

Amazon Sale Offers: Deals You Can Get on OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, and MoreThe Moto Z is also available at a discounted rate of R. 29,999, with additional exchange offers of up to Rs. 13,060 also applicable on the purchase of this smartphone. There are several Moto Mod discounts also listed alongside the smartphone during the Amazon India sale. A similar exchange offer is also listed on the Moto G5 Plus as well as the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime smartphones.

Coming to budgeted smartphones, the Coolpad Note 5 Lite has a Rs. 2,000 discount offer during the Amazon sale and is available at Rs. 6,999.The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro smartphone is available at a discounted rate of Rs. 8,690 with an exchange offer of up to Rs. 6,712 also applicable. The Samsung On5 Pro is up for grabs for Rs. 7,190 and the maximum exchange offer is up to Rs. 5,662.

All smartphone offers during the Amazon India sale can be viewed on the Amazon website.

Amazon sale offers on laptops, mobile accessories, and other products

Mobile accessories like memory cards and headphones have also been listed with lucrative offers. Laptops from Apple, HP, Lenovo, Dell, and other brands are also being sold at a discounted rate, and some of them also list an exchange offer of up to Rs. 10,000. Check out all the laptop deals here. Lastly, Amazon is also offering discounts on TVs and large appliances as part of its three-day sale.

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Chinese handset manufacturer on Tuesday announced a special Virat Kohli Signature Edition of the Gionee A1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 19,999, the new Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition is now up for pre-orders via Amazon India, and will be going on sale from June 27 at 12pm IST.

Customers who prebook the Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition will get a Sennheiser headphone for free. Other launch offers on the new limited edition Gionee A1 include up to Rs. 1,280 as Amazon Pay balance on the purchase; additional Rs. 2,000 off on product exchange, and up to 45GB data free for five months on Vodafone. Gionee says that the limited edition Gionee A1 is targeted for all fans of the Indian cricket team captain.

Gionee A1 Virat Kohli Signature Edition Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MorePriced at Rs. 19,999, Gionee A1’s biggest USP is its big 4010mAh battery and, selfie photo quality. The Gionee A1 sports a 16-megapixel front-facing fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture, a 1/3.06-inch sensor, a 5P lens, and a selfie flash. The dual-SIM Gionee A1 smartphone runs Amigo 4.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and is a dual-SIM smartphone. It bears a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) SoC. As for the rear camera, the Gionee A1 bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 1/3.06-inch Sony IMX258 sensor, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone was launched in India back in March.

Commenting on the launch of new limited edition, Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO and MD, Gionee India said, “The Signature Edition Gionee A1 is inspired by greatness and crafted with perfection, just like captain Kohli’s masterstrokes. With the launch of this exclusive edition that comes with Virat’s signature, we are extremely elated to reinforce our commitment of keeping our customers happy with a masterpiece beyond compare.”

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

Indian domestic handset maker Intex on Tuesday unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the Aqua S3. Priced at Rs. 5,777, the new Intex Aqua S3 is now available to buy via offline channels. The new smartphone from Intex will be competing against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which also comes at around the same price.

The new Intex phone supports 4G with VoLTE (voice over LTE) which means that it will support Reliance Jio’s network. Intex is also touting that the new Aqua S3 ships with a high capacity charger (2A) which is claimed to reduce charging time by around 35 percent. One of the biggest highlights of the smartphone is it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The Intex Aqua S3 supports Nougat-specific features like split-screen multitasking, support for quick reply, and Doze power saving mode to name a few.

Intex Aqua S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and MoreFor specifications, the Intex Aqua S3 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC9832A processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB inbuilt storage. The smartphone supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). The dual-SIM phone sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, and an f/2.0 aperture. There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash at the front. It measures 146.6x73x9.8mm and weighs 164 grams. The Intex Aqua S3 is backed by a 2450mAh battery and will be going on sale in Champagne colour.

Additionally, the smartphone also comes with QR code scanner that can scan codes automatically and shows the tagged information. Another feature is miFon security which is claimed to be a ‘9 in 1 security suite’ offering features like lost phone tracker, missing phone siren, antivirus, and data backup. The Aqua S3 will also come preloaded with the Gaana music app.

Commenting on the launch of Aqua S3, Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head, Intex Technologies said, “With Aqua S3 model having high capacity charger, we have ensured that your smart phone doesn’t go Off and provides endless entertainment, the biggest advantage otherwise found in feature phones. The Aqua S3 is also powered with latest Android Nougat and front LED flash for the ubiquitous users to enjoy seamless experience and become a customer’s delight.”

OnePlus 5 Launch: Time, Live Stream, Price in India, Specifications, and More You Should Know

The OnePlus 5 launch event less than two hours away, so fans will finally get a look at the device they have been waiting for since the OnePlus 3T launched late last year. The Internet has been flooded with recurring leaks and official teasers for the smartphone, so the OnePlus 5 specifications and features are pretty much known to anyone following the smartphone industry. A rival to iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the smartphone is expected to cost a lot less than the competition but offer a powerful user experience. Here’s everything you need to know, including the OnePlus 5 price in India, specifications, design, and features, ahead of the launch:

OnePlus 5 launch event time, live stream

As mentioned above, the OnePlus 5 launch time is 12pm EDT (9:30pm IST), and the event will be live-streamed from the official US website. OnePlus is organising a pop-up event on June 20 in New York, while similar pop-up events will be hosted in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Berlin on Wednesday. Registrations for the smartphone opened in China on June 14, and 5.27 lakh people signed up for the sale in five days.

The OnePlus 5 India launch is on June 22, with pop-up events scheduled to be hosted in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru over the next two days. At these pop-up events, fans will be able to experience the device and will have the option to purchase it on the spot, though number of units available will be low. Amazon India is also hosting an app-only ‘Secret Doors’ contest that provides fans a chance to win the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 price in India

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The OnePlus 5 price in India has been tipped more than once in the recent past, with a seeming consensus of Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant. As for the OnePlus 5 India launch, it’s scheduled to happen at 2pm IST on Thursday, June 22, at an event in Mumbai. While it’s officially been confirmed to be an Amazon India exclusive, it’s also to go on sale at 4:30pm the same day.

Both EU and US pricing of the smartphone have also been tipped, said to be EUR 550 (roughly Rs. 39,900) and $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800) respectively, thought to correspond to the 128GB and 64GB variants.

OnePlus 5 specifications

As for the OnePlus 5 specifications, the company has confirmed a few things itself. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC – while Amazon India’s source code gave a top clock speed of 2.3GHz. The company also says it will sport a camera built in partnership with DxO, and a horizontal dual camera setup has also been confirmed.

The smartphone is said to include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display – though a QHD display has also been rumoured in the past – with a range of DCI-P3 colours to ensure colour accuracy. As we’ve already mentioned, 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants are expected, with their corresponding 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options.

In terms of optics, OnePlus 5 will sport a dual camera setup at the back that has a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.6 aperture and a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture. At front, the smartphone has been tipped to come with a 16-megapixel sensor. The company told The Verge that it doesn’t have the resources to develop bezel-less phones, and thus directed its efforts on building a camera that rivals the best in the industry. The company says the OnePlus 5 camera is “the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today.” There’s a portrait mode, and software is the reason behind 80 percent of the success it has achieved in the optics.

OnePlus 5 has been tipped to house a 3300mAh battery and come with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 support as well. In a series of tweets, the global Twitter handle of OnePlus has teased few more features like “always connected”, which could be a hint at dual-SIM support on the smartphone. In another tweet, the company teased improved Dash Charge capabilities of the OnePlus 5. It wrote, “charging ahead.”

OnePlus 5 design

The company itself has confirmed the OnePlus 5 design, and it appears to to be similar to that of iPhone 7 Plus, with the same horizontal dual rear camera setup to boot. It’s also been confirmed to sport front-facing fingerprint sensor. OnePlus has also called it the “slimmest flagship smartphone” from the company. In yet another tweet, the company again teased the phone’s dual camera capability. Carl Pei, OnePlus Co-founder, also teased bokeh effect in an image said to be clicked with the upcoming flagship. Pretty much the entire design was revealed during a TV ad.

OnePlus 5 customer service

Days ahead of the launch, the company released a YouTube video that focussed on the customer service fans can look forward to when buying the OnePlus 5. The video, that has been viewed 3.8 million times so far, claims customer satisfaction of OnePlus buyers is 86 percent, and Net Promoter score of 74 percent. Other consumer-centric services provided by the company include free pick up and drop facility, one-hour quick repair, and the provision to check cost of parts on the official website, among others.

OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Unveiled: Event Highlights

The OnePlus 5 launch event has finally started, and we finally have all the key details of the long-awaited smartphone. The company at the event said the smartphone is more than just the specifications, and got done with the specifications in just a few minutes. Instead, the smartphone is more about the user experience, and focusses on factors such as the camera quality, elegant design, and smooth performance. Keep refreshing this page for all the updates from the launch as they happen.

OnePlus 5 specifications

All the key OnePlus 5 specifications were shown off in a single slide by the company in the live-streamed video. As the image above shows, the smartphone has a 5.5-inch full-HD Optic AMOLED screen, and packs the Snapdragon 835 processor, with top clock speed of 2.45GHz. You can look forward to two OnePlus 5 variants: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. The ceramic fingerprint sensor, which has been moved to the front, can unlock the device in 0.2 seconds. OnePlus 5 battery capacity is 3300mAh, 100mAh smaller than that of the OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Unveiled: Event HighlightsAs for the camera, OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup: the main 16-megapixel sensor has f/1.7 aperture and the 20-megapixel telephoto sensor has f/1.6 aperture. In the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Coming to design, the OnePlus 5 sports an iPhone 7 Plus-like design, with the Home button in the front. The company also calls it “the slimmest flagship smartphone.”

Coming to the software, OnePlus 5 runs the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, with the custom Oxygen OS on top. The software adds a new Reading Mode, which can alter the screen temperature and calibrate the display to match your ambient lighting. Users can set individual apps, for example Kindle, to turn on Reading Mode automatically. Oxygen OS also comes with “refined design language” and several bug fixes to improve the user experience.

OnePlus 5 price

OnePlus 5 price in the US is $479 (roughly Rs. 30,800), while it will be EUR 499 (approximately Rs. 35,000) in Europe. Though the company did not make it clear, these are likely the prices of the 64GB variant. Those in Europe and the US can pre-order the device now, and will have access to limited launch offers. The OnePlus 5 release date has been set as June 27.

The company is hosting pop-up events, where OnePlus 5 will be available to purchase offline, in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Berlin, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Chennai over the next few days. The OnePlus 5 price in India will be announced at the June 22 India launch event in Mumbai, though leaks suggest price tags of Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Flipkart and Mi.com

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sale is set to start at 12pm IST on Wednesday via Flipkart and Mi.com. To recall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price in India starts at Rs. 9,999, and it will be available in Gold, Grey, Matte Black, and Silver colour options. All three variants of the smartphone will be up for grabs in the sale. The 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999. The smartphone was launched in January in India.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review) runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a 401ppi pixel density. Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, it comes with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the SKU.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Goes on Sale in India Today, via Flipkart and Mi.comXiaomi Redmi Note 4’s rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB).

As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Micro-USB, and Infrared. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and proximity sensor. Redmi Note 4 battery capacity is rated at 4100mAh battery, and the new Xiaomi smartphone measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.

iPhone 8 May Have a Lot in Common With Google Glass: Report

Augmented reality is one of Apple’s big new areas of focus, which it highlighted earlier this month at its Worldwide Developers Conference. But how will Apple use AR, which involves using a screen to overlay digital objects onto the real world? A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich raises some interesting possibilities.

Apple has already shown at what AR can do – by demonstrating how to use an iPhone to overlay an interactive game board on a real table, for example. But Milunovich suggested 10 additional applications for Apple’s AR play, including some we’ve already seen come to life, such as games and retail. He also sees applications for job training, facial recognition, medical diagnoses and the ability to direct people to safety in case of emergency situations, similar to what Google Glass did to help firefighters find the fastest exits from a building.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Combining various applications could also be useful, Milunovich wrote. “Emergency first aid, a combination of remote healthcare and instantaneous education, could save lives. There are legal issues that would need to be overcome but seem solvable,” he said.

Further down the road, Milunovich said, there could be room for iGlass – that is, Apple’s take on a Google Glass-type headset. Could Apple succeed where Google failed? Advances in headset technology, plus some classic Apple design chops, could make the devices more appealing to the non-geek, Milunovich indicated.

iPhone 8 May Have a Lot in Common With Google Glass: ReportThe market for augmented-reality glasses is expected to grow over the next several years. International Data Corp. predicted this week that the market for AR and virtual reality will grow from 10 million headsets in 2016 to 100 million in 2021. AR will be slightly behind VR, the firm said, but analysts added that most consumers will probably get introduced to the concept through their smartphones.

The tools for augmented reality that Apple introduced earlier this month open up a range of possibilities to developers and highlight the tech giant’s interest in the area, which Apple chief executive Tim Cook once said was “a big idea like the smartphone.” Apple will need to impress with its 10th-anniversary iPhone, Milunovich said, and in a best-case scenario, a truly innovative iPhone would help the company reclaim its mantle for innovation.

But it could face some fierce competition. On Tuesday morning OnePlus announced its much-hyped OnePlus 5, which sports premium power and Android simplicity at $479 (roughly Rs. 30,000). If rumors are true, that’s about half the price of what we could see from the next iPhone. It’s also far cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus, which sports the same size 5.5.-inch screen and starts at $769 (roughly Rs. 50,000).

Playing up the AR features for the iPhone – using Apple’s innovative design techniques – could be one way to further push Apple to the front of the pack, Miunovich said. The smartphone screen could become a tool for making users more aware of the wider world rather than distracting them from it.

“[We] can picture the phone looking like a clear piece of glass when looking through the camera,” he said in the note. “Rather than staring down at a screen while we walk across the street or stand in line, we would be far more engaged with the world around us.”

OnePlus 5 With 8GB RAM, Dual Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

The much-awaited OnePlus 5 finally launched on Tuesday, putting an end to months of speculation surrounding the handset. The smartphone, according to OnePlus, is “more than just specifications,” and there’s equal emphasis on the design, performance, camera, and battery life as well. Of course, the Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB RAM option, 3.5mm earphone jack, and iPhone 7 Plus-like design have all made it through to the OnePlus 5, just as the leaks suggested. The smartphone is already up for pre-order in select markets, with limited-period launch offers, and will be available for wider sales on June 27.

OnePlus 5 price, release date

OnePlus 5 prices in the US and select European regions for the variant with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Slate Gray colour are $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900), respectively. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Midnight Black paintjob costs $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively. The smartphone is already up for pre-orders in those regions, with an Early Drop system that will see shipments begin on Wednesday, June 21, a full six days ahead of general sales that begin on June 27. Early Drop pre-order buyers will get special launch offers as well.

OnePlus 5 price in India

There was no word on the OnePlus 5 price in India, as expected, so everyone will have to wait till Thursday’s India launch event to find it. However, previous leaks have suggested the OnePlus 5 price in India will be Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while the model with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage is said to cost Rs. 37,999. The company will host the launch event in Mumbai on Thursday, followed by pop-up events – where fans can purchase the smartphone offline – in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru the following two days. Amazon India has confirmed that sales of the smartphone will begin from 4:30pm IST on Thursday, June 22 itself.

OnePlus 5 camera

Let’s start with the dual rear camera setup. The OnePlus 5 is claimed to sport what OnePlus calls the “highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today”. This is made up of a 16-megapixel main camera (Sony IMX398 sensor, 1.12-micron pixels) with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T (which had an aperture of f/2.0), coupled with a 20-megapixel telephoto camera (Sony IMX350 sensor, 1-micron pixels) with an f/2.6 aperture.

The company is also boasting of Fast AF, which gives the OnePlus 5 faster autofocus, said to be 40 percent speedier than the OnePlus 3T. The rear camera setup features a dual-LED flash module and boasts of 4K video recording with EIS. The dual camera setup, apart from Bokeh effects, also delivers optical zoom up to 2x, and bumped up to 8x using a multi-frame software algorithm. The rear camera setup also supports the new Pro Mode, with options like ISO, shutter-speed, white balance, a histogram, gyroscope-based reference line, and RAW image editing. OnePlus also announced an improved HDR algorithm, and brought forward its Smart Capture feature for auto adjustments.

As for the front camera, the OnePlus 5 sports a 16-megapixel front camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS. It can shoot full-HD (1080p) video. The front camera can also activate screen flash, with three modes to choose from – On, Off, and Auto. There’s also an Auto HDR mode.

OnePlus 5 features

Getting to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC used on the OnePlus 5, the company reveals the octa-core processor has a maximum clock speed of 2.45GHz, and claims that the coupled Adreno 540 GPU offers up to 25 percent more graphical performance.

With the launch of the OnePlus 5, the company has joined the elite ranks of manufacturers offering smartphone with 8GB of RAM. Till date, only the Asus ZenFone AR holds that distinction. OnePlus is offering the smartphone in two memory and storage variants – 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage and 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage.

The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. The company is also calling the OnePlus 5 a “true world phone”, with support for 34 GSM network bands.

Finally, OxygenOS on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots, and a semi-transparent app drawer.

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Let’s now get to the design aspect of the OnePlus 5. The smartphone is built out of anodised aluminium and does indeed look like the iPhone 7 Plus, with the primary difference being the shape of the Home Button. OnePlus has even mimicked the antenna lines of the iPhone 7 Plus. The company is boasting of the slimness of the OnePlus 5, calling it the “slimmest OnePlus flagship ever” at 7.25mm.

During the announcement, OnePlus elaborated on the design of the OnePlus 5. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei showed off a new “continuous hard line around the edge of the phone”, called the Horizon Line. The smartphone also sports more rounded corners compared to previous offerings, and also features the iPhone 7 Plus-like crescent-shaped antenna lines on the top and bottom.

OnePlus 5 will be available in two colour variants – Midnight Black and Slate Grey. It retains the single speaker as well as the 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom panel. Other features carried on from previous generations of OnePlus smartphones include hardware capacitive keys (with the option of onscreen navigation) and the Alert Slider.

OnePlus 5 specifications

Now let us take a closer look at the rest of the OnePlus 5 specifications. The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone with support for Nano-SIM cards. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display supporting sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards, and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. We’ve already detailed the SoC, memory, storage, and camera above.

OnePlus 5 connectivity options include 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). Sensors on board the OnePlus 5 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. It weighs 153 grams, and measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi 6, and the rest

OnePlus 5 comes with several upgrades over its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. These include, of course, the dual camera setup on the back, 8GB RAM option, and updated design. There are a number of small changes that won’t be apparent to users when they get their hands on the new smartphone, so you can head over to our in-depth OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T comparison for a look at the differences between the two.

OnePlus 5 Said to Manipulate Benchmarks; OnePlus Responds

OnePlus 5 is now official, and on paper the smartphone looks spectacular. It packs the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and much more. The smartphone’s initial reviews are also in, and most of them laud the fast performance of the OnePlus 5. However, a fresh investigative report claims that OnePlus has again used unethical methods to fool benchmark apps and has indulged in manipulating benchmark scores for its latest smartphone. However, this time, it’s more “blatant” and “consciously introduced.”

This manipulation of benchmark scores was noticed by XDA Developers, and in its report states that the OnePlus 5 “resorts to the kind of obvious, calculated cheating mechanisms we saw in flagships in the early days of Android, an approach that is clearly intended to maximise scores in the most misleading fashion.” As soon as the smartphone detects a benchmark app, the minimum frequency of the little cluster rockets to the maximum frequency i.e. 1.9GHz. With this technique, OnePlus achieved some of the highest scores on GeekBench 4. The other benchmark apps it affects include AnTuTu, Androbench, GeekBench 4, GFXBench, Quadrant, Nenamark 2, and Vellamo.

Without the cheating mechanism, the report claims that only 24.4 percent of results gave the 1.9GHz maximum frequency in the small cores, whereas when the manipulation was enabled, the number jumped to a whopping 95 percent of results. In February this year, OnePlus and Meizu were reported to be cheating on their benchmark scores by tweaking the CPU to an artificial clock speed, and once OnePlus was intimated, it promised to issue a fix in the next OxygenOS update.

Image result for OnePlus 5 Said to Manipulate Benchmarks; OnePlus RespondsWhen XDA contacted OnePlus this time around, the company’s spokesperson said, “People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5.”

This statement is contradictory to what the report claims, “benchmark cheating puts the device into a state which is explicitly not how the device will run in day to day usage, and it is representing performance that you will not see in other apps that aren’t specifically targetted by such boosts.”

The fact that OnePlus has been caught the second time manipulating benchmark scores is disappointing. Benchmark scores are used by journalists and professionals to ascertain the performance of a smartphone for comparisons. Creating an artificial environment for boosting performance is not expected from any smartphone company, and the fact that OnePlus has indulged in it twice needs to be discussed.

We expect OnePlus to rectify this mistake via a software update soon. Furthermore, this manipulation was found in review units sent to journalists ahead of launch, and it may not be the case in consumer units.