The OnePlus 5 will arrive this summer

2016’s OnePlus 3

OnePlus has exclusively confirmed to The Verge that its next flagship smartphone will arrive this summer. Called the OnePlus 5, the new phone is a successor to the OnePlus 3 and 3T from last year. Little is known about the new phone itself, but rumors have pegged it to have a dual camera setup and high-end specs.

The phone is called the OnePlus 5 and not the OnePlus 4 because the number four is considered unlucky in China, where OnePlus is based. Though it will be the fifth phone produced by OnePlus, the company says that did not factor into its naming. One thing that OnePlus says did come into play was the number five jersey of former NBA player Robert Horry, who a number of OnePlus employees consider themselves fans of. (There are actually two paintings of Robert Horry hanging in OnePlus’ Shenzhen office.)

OnePlus has made a name for itself with well-made, high-performing phones that sell for considerably less than competing flagships from Google, Samsung, and Apple. The OnePlus 3 and 3T turned out to be some of the best phones released last year, and if the OnePlus 5 continues this trend, it should be an exciting device for smartphone enthusiasts.

Comments

Well technically the OnePlus 5 will be the sixth phone from PhonePlus, you have 1, 2, X, 3, & 3T.

Copied the review text to comment the same thing and then saw your comment. Sigh!

It would be great to see them hitting a lower price-point and very focused improvement of specs.

As these phones gain specs and features, the price has been creeping up to just below flagship level. I suspect that the 5 will probably be close if not over $500. That still less expensive than iPhones and Galaxy S models, but it’s not quite as affordable anymore.

Hopefully, I’m very wrong.

I hope you’re wrong, but I suspect you are right. I was planning to buy a 3 before they discontinued it. The 3T is just a bit too pricey for me.

I’d love them to start doing two models. The first few models were great mid-price phones, decent features for a sensible price.

Re: [The phone is called the OnePlus 5 and not the OnePlus 4 because the number four is considered unlucky in China]

Isn’t OnePlus 3 = 4?

No its 21

4 sounds like death in Chinese

Exactly. Plus there’s this:

Oneplus 4: 一加四 (yī jiā sì)
A family dies: 一家死 (yī jiā sǐ)

Both sound similar, except for the third character which differs slightly in the tone.

So the name Oneplus because it sounds like ‘a family’ in Chinese?

‘’One thing that OnePlus says did come into play was the number five jersey of former NBA player Robert Horry, who a number of OnePlus employees consider themselves fans of. (There are actually two paintings of Robert Horry hanging in OnePlus’ Shenzhen office.)’’
-————
is China becoming the new Japan??
Why? Why Robert Horry, not somebody else?

The only issue with my OnePlus 3 is the camera … just hope they improve it to GS7 lvl. But for 400€ hey…. that is fine

Agreed! If they only improve one thing, give us a camera that can, especially in the videocapturing department, keep up with the S7’s.

I just hope they stay away from gimmicks like curved screens with rounded corners, which would just hike up the price without giving any improved functionality. Keep it simple: improve basic specs, improve the camera, slightly minimize top and bottom bezels, keep the fingerprint scanner where it is, keep the price around ~$450 = Day 1 purchase.

Phone manufacturer math will be the death of us all

The first phone in a while I’ve been really stoked about. Shame about their silly superstitions though.

The superstition is not necessarily that of the company, they have to cater to their market. Who would want to buy a phone named "death" if that was a cultural belief? And these things are pretty universal. I live in a condo in Waikiki that has no 13th floor, ( at least not one numbered ‘13’), because it used to be a hotel. Pretty common even still here.

It’s also my understanding that "One Plus" also translates to "family," making it sound like "family death."

Plenty of American companies skip 13, it’s not really different. Also, what marketing department would allow a product with a name almost indistinguishable from "a family dies"?

Oh how I wish this was available by June… I’ll be in the States for a week and would make a perfect souvenir.

A Taiwanese phone is a good souvenir for a trip from America?

In some countries, shipping it’s a hard thing. Do not take UPS, DHL for granted. Ever.

I know many people from other countries (especially friends from Brazil) that prefer to buy electronics in the states and take them home.

When I lived in Brazil a bit over ten years ago, items like Playstation 3s/laptops/sound systems/etc cost a good 3-4 times what they did in the states.

View All Comments
Back to top ↑