Consider all the things that a phone offers. What’s the most important to you? Maybe it’s the display, or maybe it’s the battery life. But those areas can be very similar across a number of phones. The camera, however, differs greatly. Companies use different components and the software, too, is unique. That’s why you rarely see two phones that provide similar results.
In an exclusive interview with The Verge, OnePlus revealed the 2017 phone’s camera is more important than anything else.
The OnePlus 5 launches tomorrow with a two-camera setup on the back, but OnePlus isn’t the first company believe two is better than one for a camera. Apple, HTC, Huawei, LG, and Essential have all released phones with the same approach. Implementation, however, has been varied. Rather than using two cameras for different viewing angles, OnePlus is rolling out two cameras that take two different pictures. One camera will be for color pictures and the other for monochrome pictures.
It was anything but easy for OnePlus to achieve a two-camera setup on a phone that doesn’t cost $700 or $800. Although the OnePlus 5 will be the company’s most expensive phone in history, it’s expected to see around $500. Apple and Samsung’s flagships are still hundreds of dollars more than that.
Challenges existed in the placement of the camera. If one of the two cameras moved out of its intended placement, the entire experience would be ruined. OnePlus fused them together so they’ll never move apart. The camera module also had to move from the back’s center to the top left due to thickness. If it stayed in the same spot as the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, the camera bump would’ve been way too prominent. The OnePlus 5, from behind, resembles Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus.
Watch OnePlus’ full interview with The Verge here:
Making the OnePlus 5
Source: The Verge