May 05, 2017 06:20 PM EDT
The two much-awaited smartphones for the year, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xiaomi Mi6, already launched, and iPhone 8 a long way away; all eyes are now on the OnePlus 5. The moniker OnePlus 5 is being used as the company is rumored to be skipping the number "four" as it is considered unlucky in China. And now, the smartphone has finally been confirmed to be under development by none other than OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.
Lau has shared a post originally posted by OnePlus, saying that the employees are working without a break in order to bring a 'big surprise' for its consumers. He shared the said post on Weibo and encouraged the OnePlus team to carry on their mission.
The image shared on Weibo is of laborers working on a smartphone, which indicates that the company is indeed talking about the OnePlus 5 launch. This post confirms that big changes will arrive with the upcoming smartphone this year. There is, however, no word on the OnePlus 5 price and release date yet.
According to NDTV, the OnePlus 5 is expected to be release sometime in the second half of 2017. The smartphone is said to feature a 5.5-inch 2K display (1080x2048 pixels) and powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC. OnePlus 5 will pack 8GB RAM, and come with bumped up storage at 256GB.
On the camera front, the OnePlus 5 is tipped to boast a 23-megapixel rear camera with features like optical image stabilization, zoom, and flash. At the front, the OnePlus 5 is said to sport a 16-megapixel selfie camera.
OnePlus 5 is expected to have a 3,600 mAh battery. However, there is currently no confirmation whether the device will feature a 3.5mm audio jack or not.
Previous reports claim that the OnePlus 5 will have a dual-edged screen, hardware navigation keys, although the bezel will be slimmer than the predecessor. The OnePlus 5 is also said to be 7mm thin, slightly slimmer than the predecessor.
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