Ever since Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 835 SoC at CES 2017, smartphone buyers have been waiting for a device powered by the powerful chipset. LG disappointed the users with the G6 as it is powered by last year s Snapdragon 821 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, on the other hand, are powered by Exynos 8895 SoC. Last week, OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 5 will be the first smartphone in India to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC. Come today, the scenario has completely changed. 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
Just yesterday, Sony launched its flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium, and it is officially India s first smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Even if we consider that the Xperia XZ Premium goes on sale on June 12, it is still before the official unveiling of the OnePlus 5, which is rumored to take place on June 15. Sure, Sony did manage to steal OnePlus thunder, but here s where things get interesting. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZs Review: Can this premium camera phone win back customers for Sony? Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
The heart of the matter
On May 25, Qualcomm India tweeted saying OnePlus 5 is coming and it will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC. OnePlus, on the other hand, took one step further by sending a press release claiming that the OnePlus 5 will be the first smartphone in India to be powered by the new Qualcomm chipset. And with Sony launching its smartphone ahead of OnePlus 5 unveiling, it has put OnePlus in a tough spot. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!
OnePlus has been the self-proclaimed flagship killer, and all of its smartphones feature top-of-the-line hardware for half the cost compared to other premium Android smartphones. However, this time it s different. There is a lot riding on the OnePlus 5, and it remains to be seen if it can get the required upgrades. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Review
OnePlus 5 Expectations
With this year s flagship smartphones getting QHD displays with support for HDR10, it is time OnePlus should also upgrade the display, which has been stuck at full HD resolution. Also, most flagship smartphones have been embracing near-bezel less displays and even OnePlus should be looking at such implementation. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 will be the thinnest flagship smartphone: Pete Lau
Dual-rear camera modules are now becoming mainstream, even on mid-range smartphones. And if rumors and leaked renders are to be believed, OnePlus is set to bring dual camera setup to the OnePlus 5. Also, most manufacturers have been adding water and dust resistance feature to their smartphones and OnePlus needs to consider that as well.
Even though OnePlus 5 will no longer be the first smartphone in India powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC, there are plenty of things that could still go in OnePlus favor. These include top of the line hardware, good design, and a sensible pricing. Now, it remains to be seen if OnePlus can pull any more tricks up its sleeve. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5: From Daydream support to QHD display with HDR, here are 5 features we expect from the next flagship killer
With just about two weeks to go for the launch, we will be keeping a close tab on how interesting the OnePlus 5 turns out to be. Meanwhile, we would also like to hear from you as to what are your expectations about the upcoming OnePlus 5. Do let us know about it in the comment section below. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 camera teaser hints at improved low-light performance