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OnePlus 5's Jelly Scrolling Issue Could Be The Work Of An Upside-Down Screen

Critics and common folk alike have said several things — both great and not so great — about the OnePlus 5, OnePlus's most recent flagship device after the 3T in November.

Most are impressed by the device's top-tier internals, but found the camera lackluster. Criticism surrounding the phone mainly points out its similarity to the iPhone 7 Plus in terms of design, in addition to its $479 starting price.

For a phone that has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, a 1080p AMOLED screen, and 6 or 8 GB of RAM, for good measure, $479 is an insanely good deal. But it's also the company's most expensive smartphone to date, which could be a culture shock to OnePlus stalwarts everywhere who have long been happy about OnePlus's low-priced high-powered handsets.

Reviews and impressions aside, the OnePlus 5 seems like a pretty stellar phone in theory for its premium specs and only near-premium price tag. Still, it's not without its flaws.

OnePlus 5 Jelly Scrolling Issues

Several OnePlus 5 owners have reported finding a bizarre "jelly-like" scrolling effect over the past few days since the smartphone launched. According to their posts on Reddit and other forums, when they swipe in the opposite direction, the text and images on their screen expand and shrink.

The issue became large enough for OnePlus to formally respond, but it wasn't a response users expected. The company said that the jelly-like issue is simply a "subtle visual effect." Meaning, OnePlus won't release any sort of update to get rid of such an effect. Tough luck, OnePlus 5 owners.

Sure enough, the company's seemingly dismissive response wasn't enough for many users. So XDA Developers investigated the issue on its own in an attempt to pinpoint what's causing the effect. Based on its results, the jelly-like effect occurs because the OnePlus 5's screen was apparently mounted upside down by design.

The OnePlus 5's Screen Was Actually Mounted In An Inverted Orientation

So here are the main points XDA Developers discovered in its investigation:

• The OnePlus 5's display panel is mounted upside down. Contrary to what many believe, this doesn't appear to be a manufacturing defect or a mistake on the part of OnePlus, but actually a deliberate design decision.

• No one can still say for sure whether the inverted position of the screen causes the jelly-like scrolling effect, although the two seem to be correlated.

• The effect can be replicated on most smartphones, but not all. Simply turn it upside down and try to scroll.

According to OnePlus, a simple over-the-air update won't get rid of the visual effect. Similarly, sending the phone in for a replacement doesn't guarantee that the issue will get fixed. Basically, if you're experiencing the jelly-like scrolling effect and it annoys you, there's simply no solution you or even OnePlus itself can do at this point.

Did you purchase a OnePlus 5? Have you experienced the jelly-like scrolling issue and does it bother you? As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below if you have any thoughts or opinions!

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