These past few weeks we’ve been bombarded with news on the OnePlus 5, this year’s iteration of the ‘flagship killer’, and the hype hasn’t died down yet. The OnePlus 5 was launched globally on June 20, followed by an India launch on June 22 with the first sale taking place on the same day. The OnePlus 5 is currently available exclusively via Amazon India starting at a price of Rs 32,999. It has now been learned that the OnePlus 5 units sold in India are manufactured by OPPO Mobiles in India, at the latter’s facility in Uttar Pradesh.
This was discovered through a retail unit delivered to FoneArena. On the retail box of the OnePlus 5, it is written that the smartphone was manufactured by OPPO Mobiles India Private Limited at its factory in Noida. We had reported back in 2015 that OnePlus was to tie up with Foxconn for manufacturing in India at the latter’s facility in Sri City Integrated Business City. With this partnership, OnePlus hoped to have 90 percent of its smartphones sold in India be manufactured locally by the end of 2017.
Manufacture of the OnePlus 5 in India by OPPO shouldn’t come as a surprise since OPPO, OnePlus and Vivo are all brands owned and operated by Chinese electronics group BBK Electronics. While OPPO and Vivo are units of BBK Electronics, OnePlus is said to be a wholly owned subsidiary of OPPO bringing it under the umbrella. OnePlus is also believed to be sourcing the dual-camera module on the phone from OPPO. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5: Dual camera system explained
Moreover, OPPO’s recently launched smartphone, the R11 has a similar dual camera setup with two sensors; one 20-megapixel and another 16-megapixel sensor. Both the smartphones also offer Portrait Mode, which is similar to the portrait mode offered on the iPhone 7 Plus. The OnePlus 5 was heavily criticized for its visual similarities to the OPPO R11. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 criticisms: Here’s what CEO Pete Lau said about the design, cameras and rigged benchmarks
Recalling the OnePlus 5’s specifications, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. The smartphone comes in two variants of 6GB RAM plus 64GB storage and 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage. For photography, the OnePlus 5 sports a dual-camera module with a 16-megapixel primary and 20-megapixel secondary sensor, with dual-tone LED flash. Up front, the smartphone houses a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 EIS support for 4K videos coming soon; OnePlus has no plans to launch a new tablet
On the software front, the OnePlus 5 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Oxygen OS 4.5.0 on top, although OnePlus has already started rolling out updates to OxygenOS. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery. Its connectivity options include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C port. It also features a fingerprint sensor which is embedded into the Home button. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 Review: Feel the power