We are just a few hours from the OnePlus 5 global launch now. Today at 9.30PM IST, the OnePlus 5 will be officially revealed, though by this times, there s only a little we don t know about the smartphone. We know the processor it will be based on, the kind of camera setup it will sport, the design it will embody. However, just hours ahead, The Verge has reported a closer look at the camera setup of the OnePlus 5, and this is intriguing. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: ReportAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE gets first software update: What’s new, how to download
The publication s report begins with the strategy OnePlus has, where it behaves like a startup, working with some 700 employees, as opposed to hundreds and thousands of people its competitors like Apple and Samsung hire. It talked about how OnePlus put all its eggs in one basket. While this scheme helps OnePlus concentrate on one thing and move faster – that s what OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said – it also has a downside where it lacks resources like its competitors, and sometimes misses out on making bigger technological developments. Also Read - OnePlus - Oppo integration: What this partnership means for smartphone users?
Further, moving to the OnePlus 5 in particular, the report details a lot of the design decisions that had to be made and demonstrates how OnePlus iterated upon different configurations. Essentially, it justifies the familiar design and camera location as being requirements for usability. The report also touches the issue of OnePlus fans drawing a comparison to iPhone s design. While the executives at that time had immediately denied any resemblance, in this report, OnePlus claims that, though the design might have unintentionally resembled a particular well-known smartphone, it was a necessary convergence. They had to place the dual-camera setup in a spot that wouldn’t create an excessive bulge, and that resulted in the design they settled on. The Verge revealed some 14 prototypes of the smartphone, which covered a range of similarities, from the Nexus 6P to the OnePlus 3.
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As for the design, talking about the edge-to-edge display, which a lot of OnePlus fans secretly hoped for, CEP Pete Lau said that that is something the company really wants to work on, but they don t have the resources or access to those displays yet. So OnePlus zeroed in its efforts on the part it can get: a better camera. The OnePlus 5 features a dual-camera system, a first for the company. Dual-camera systems are becoming increasingly popular in smartphones, but they aren t always implemented in the same way. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 front and back leaked ahead of official launch tonight
OnePlus opted to go for a standard and telephoto lens combination, similar to the one used by Apple in the iPhone 7 Plus. The main camera is a 16-megapixel Sony unit with an f/1.7 aperture lens. The second camera has a 20-megapixel Sony sensor with an f/2.6 telephoto lens. OnePlus claims that this is the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today, The Verge reported.
Additionally, the second camera on the OnePlus 5 acts like a zoom, which allows a close up to the subject without having to crop the photo. More importantly, it allows for a feature the iPhone 7 Plus is known for, the portrait mode, which basically emulates the shallow depth of field effects, generally achieved by large DSLR cameras. Lau told publication the largest consumer value [from dual cameras] is in the portrait mode.
Other than that, revealing the rest of the design and details, the report reads, the rest of the phone maintains OnePlus established hallmarks, it has Qualcomm s latest and greatest processor, more RAM than you might find in a laptop, and a polished, aluminum body. OnePlus software is similar to what Google ships on its own Pixel phones, but with added touches like a special Reading Mode that makes the display mimic the look of a Kindle e-reader. Like its predecessors, the OnePlus 3 and 3T, the OnePlus 5 feels every bit like a premium phone that you might spend upwards of $700 on, but it costs closer to $500. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 to be available exclusively on Amazon India; will go on sale on June 22 at 4.30PM