Time to greet the OnePlus 5 before it’s official

OnePlus didn’t want it to happen, but it happened.

Today started with official information regarding the OnePlus 5 launching this summer. Rather than doing a surprise introduction on a random day no one knows about, OnePlus revealed its 2017 flagship would get detailed on June 20 at 12:00PM ET. Everyone marked their calendars and prepared for a wait. The next bit of information, which is unofficial but confirmed by multiple sources, came in only a few hours after confirming the online launch event.

A clear image showing most of the OnePlus 5’s front and back was leaked by¬†Android Police.

No, that’s not an iPhone 7 Plus you’re looking at. It’s a confirmed image of the OnePlus 5 being announced near the end of the month. Compare the two phones’ backs and you’ll see they’re identical aside from the company logos. Both feature a two-camera setup placed horizontally with laser autofocus and LED flash next to the module. Just swap the OnePlus logo for the Apple logo (or the reverse) and the OnePlus 5 could trick people with ease.

Putting the iPhone comparison aside, the OnePlus 5 still isn’t unique. It turns out this phone is, from the outside, nothing more than an Oppo R11 with swapped branding. BBK Electronics is a Chinese company that oversees brands including OnePlus and Oppo; therefore, the assumption is that cost-cutting is in effect. It’s cheaper for brands belonging to the same company to recycle a design instead of creating something entirely new.

Though it won’t have a design of its own, the 2017 flagship from OnePlus looks attractive and should stand tall with high-end specifications. Prospective buyers are a little weary, though, that the OnePlus 5 will do too much and exit the attractive price point previous devices have come in at.

Source: Android Police


About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.