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OnePlus product manager strongly defends design criticism of the OnePlus 5

OnePlus Product Manager opens up on OnePlus 5 being called a look-alike of Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

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OnePlus 5 is due for its launch in around 10 days and the hype initiated by OnePlus continues to ‘Never Settle.’ However, amidst all the excitement and preparations, the Chinese manufacturer is being criticized for one of the most important aspects of the upcoming smartphone, the design. OnePlus 5 has been subjected to a number of leaks, and rumors related to designs continued to surface until the company itself put them to rest by revealing the final design in an official teaser image. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: Report

The teaser image confirmed dual camera setup on the rear panel with antenna bands running across the top edge. Also, the dual camera setup is a horizontally aligned along the unibody design of the OnePlus 5 smartphone. While OnePlus would have expected a positive response about the design, they ended up facing the heat of criticism as fans find themselves disappointed of the alleged iPhone 7 Plus-like design. Some also compared the flagship smartphone with Oppo R11 on the basis of resemblance. OnePlus community’s brutal reviews spread on Twitter and Weibo, to which the company has now responded with strong opinions. Also Read - OnePlus Nord CE gets first software update: What’s new, how to download

Defending the design and aesthetics of OnePlus 5, the company’s Product Manager took to Weibo stating that a flat image does not depict or convey how the actual device will feel in hand and that is why critics need to wait for getting hands on the phone first. Primarily, flat or 2D images do not do justice to the actual curves, built and ergonomics of the phone. One Plus CEO Pete Lau also backed the product manager’s opinion and also shared them on his official Weibo account. Also Read - OnePlus - Oppo integration: What this partnership means for smartphone users?

The manager also mentioned how OnePlus 3T was considered to be ugly and bad on the basis of TENNA images leaked ahead of the official launch. It was only when the smartphone was launched and fans got their hands on with the flagship last year, then they felt the actual built and were left impressed with the design of it. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5: Everything you need to know about the upcoming ‘flagship killer’

He states the initial images of the final design of the OnePlus 5 don’t reflect the actual workmanship. As far as the horizontally aligned dual rear camera setup on the smartphone is concerned, the manager acknowledges it by stating that it was a choice between cutting down a camera component or increasing the height of the camera module. He also mentioned in his post that initially, people called the camera bulge on the iPhone 7 Plus as ugly, but once they got the phone in hands, they appreciated it. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 to be available for purchase without invites, clarifies company

He concludes with his post urging OnePlus fans to play around with a OnePlus 5 smartphone when it becomes official. He asks fans to feel the built aesthetics and then form opinions on the design. A Reddit user had his original post translated and you can read it here. OnePlus 5 is all set to launch on June 22 and device is expected to go sale soon after. In terms of specifications, OnePlus 5 is expected to pack a 5.5-inch full HD display. The company has also confirmed Snapdragon 835 SoC, and dual-camera setup with at the back.

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  • Published Date: June 12, 2017 10:48 AM IST
  • Updated Date: June 12, 2017 1:13 PM IST


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