Rumor has it that the successor to OnePlus 3T will skip the "4" and just jump into OnePlus 5, a la Note 5 jumping into the Note 7 naming scheme.
The 3T has only been out for a few months, becoming available this past November. Yet, because of how fast-paced smartphone development has become, we're now seeing rumors of the OnePlus 5, and they're all sounding pretty good so far.
Why Jump To 5?
Before heading to rumors, let's first address the name. Why is OnePlus allegedly skipping the favor and jumping to OnePlus 5? It's possible that the company, in keeping with Chinese tradition, has chosen to drop "4" because of the number's association with misfortune and death, according to AndroidPit.
Never Settle Teaser
Now, onto the rumors. Tech Times previously reported early March that an image containing the familiar OnePlus signature "Never Settle" was leaked by trusted tipster Evan Blass, which purportedly hinted at the next flagship to be released by OnePlus.
Since then, the rumor mill has been rife with tidbits of the smartphone in question. Android Police's David Ruddock also teased that OnePlus is on the verge of announcing something big soon, although many people have argued that this might just be a new color option for the OnePlus 3T, as suggested by OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei's tweet of wolves howling during midnight.
Whether OnePlus is indeed close to an unveiling of a new product is up for debate, but for some perspective, the OnePlus 3 was released in June 2016, which makes this year the likely release window for a new OnePlus iteration. Granted, there was the OnePlus 3T in November, but the phone isn't considered a true upgrade over the 3; just a newer iteration with slightly bumped up internals.
OnePlus 5 Rumored Specs
In terms of specs, rumors suggest that the smartphone could be equipped with a dual-curved edge display, Tech times previously reported. It's also suggested that the phone will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or an 835 processor.
In terms of internal storage, rumors suggest 256 GB, and in terms of RAM, it's going to be either 6 or 8 GB. Because the OnePlus 3T offers 6 GB at present, rumors suggest that the OnePlus 5 could push the RAM to 8 GB altogether. Of course, it's entirely possible that OnePlus will release different variations in internal storage and RAM, so having a 6 GB option at a lower cost is still a welcome idea.
Rumors also point to a 23-megapixel rear shooter and a 16-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies. In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 5 is expected to come with a beefy 4,000 mAh battery that supports fast-charging technology.
The phone is also expected to come with a USB Type-C port, and feature a ceramic body, similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Possible OnePlus 5 Release Date
It's possible that with Samsung readying up the Galaxy S8's internals with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, others have had to make do with either the 821 or delay development of their phones altogether. If OnePlus chooses the latter route, it could take a while before OnePlus 5 gets released, since the Galaxy S8's unveiling is not until March 29.
A release date, however, is different from an unveiling, which, if indeed on the cards should cause rumors to start ambling out and about in no time. Expect due coverage for the latest OnePlus 5 rumors moving forward. In the meantime, feel free to speculate away regarding the OnePlus 5 down in the comments section!