The Verge just showed a video highlighting the making of the OnePlus 5, in which we get to see the company's latest flagship from every angle including the new Nougat based Oxygen OS launcher, the dual-camera setup and rejected prototypes. The video also shows the almost bezel-less display in the front of the OnePlus 5 along with its far curvier design than the OnePlus 3.
The video starts with the OnePlus 5 shown in the middle of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S8. We also see Pete Lau, CEO OnePlus, talking about why they couldn't go with a tall bezel-less display like the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, saying that the company just didn't have the resources to do it this time around. So, OnePlus decided to make the phone thinner instead with very thin bezels on the sides of the display, without compromising on battery life.
To address the less than stellar reviews about cameras on the OnePlus 3, the company has gone with a dual camera setup this time. The OnePlus 5 features two cameras on the back of the phone, laid out in a similar fashion as that on the iPhone 7 Plus.
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There are a lot of mockups shown in the video which had the camera setup in the middle of the phone, both vertically and horizontally centered. The build is still primarily a metal unibody shell with a 2.5D curved glass in the front protecting the display.
The antenna bands have been moved to the periphery where they are almost invisible on the gold variant you see above.
OnePlus 5 Dual Cameras
From what we could see in the mockups, the company may be going with a f/1.8 aperture lens for the main camera, while the second camera will be used to provide depth of focus. Similar to what the iPhone 7 Plus does with its portrait mode. OnePlus 5 too will come with a similar mode.
Moreover, there also seems to be an option for 2X optical zoom as seen in the video. This does seem to hint at the 20MP + 16MP dual camera combination we have been hearing about.
For now, it seems that the leaked images we have seen till now are the real deal. The OnePlus 5 is going to look a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus including the dual camera setup and the antenna bands. But for OnePlus and us reviewers, design has always been a bone of contention.
Even last time around, the OnePlus 3 was said to be heavily inspired by previous-gen HTC smartphones, but all the kerfuffle died quickly after the phone was launched.
OnePlus has been able to again create hype for the OnePlus 5 by showing off the phone even before its launch. Yes, the design is derivative but what would matter at the end is if OnePlus is able to differentiate itself from the crowd by providing the best smartphone experience at a far lower price than both Samsung and Apple. But one thing is clear, the OnePlus 5 will be the company's costliest phone yet, how would that be received by its fans, is something that remains to be seen.