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Updated OxygenOS Beta for OnePlus 3 and 3T Offers Ambient Display 2.0, Exclusive Font





An OxygenOS beta update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T is rolling out, available to anyone and everyone who is willing to give it a try. Inside, there is a long list of changes, including Ambient Display 2.0, a sharing functionality for “Shot on OnePlus,” as well as an exclusive OnePlus font.
On top of new features, you should also see UI changes for select applications, including Gallery, Recorder, Weather, and File Manager. You will also find enhanced launching speeds for 3rd-party applications, plus the May 1 security patch to ensure your goodies are safe.
If you are interested in signing yourself up for this open beta, head on over to the OnePlus downloads section to get started. Do note, it involves the manual flashing of files, and if at any time you’d like to return to a public release, you’ll need to completely wipe your device.
Here is the big ol’ list of changes in the latest open beta.
What’s New

  • New additions:
    • Ambient display 2.0
    • Lift up display
    • Sharing functionality for Shot on OnePlus
    • All new OnePlus Font (Available in English, Chinese, and Japanese only)
  • UI Improvements:
    • Gallery v1.7
    • Recorder v1.6
    • Weather v1.7
    • File Manager v1.7
    • Other UI refinements
  • Optimizations:
    • Enhanced launching speed of 3rd-party apps
    • Optimized management of foreground and background processes
  • Other changes:
    • Setup wizard adjusted to suit the style of Android 7.1
    • Refined contact import process from SIM card, now supports dual numbers and an email address
    • Automatically add corresponding country codes when making calls during roaming
    • Updated Android Security Patch level to 1st May 2017
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Get the official OnePlus 5 wallpapers here







We’re coming up on the imminent launch of the newest handset from OnePlus, and in the last week alone we’ve seen an absolute plethora of new information leak regarding the device. If you’re the kind of person that’s antsy to get your hands on absolutely everything OnePlus the minute it hits servers, you’re in luck, because a OnePlus forum member has just found a number of the phone’s default wallpapers for you to enjoy.






These wallpapers were taken from the latest version of the OnePlus launcher, and the company generally only updates their wallpaper selection for the launch of a new device, or sometimes for a special edition or color variant. They’re hidden in a specific folder in the launcher, which you are more than welcome to dig into yourself. If this is your preferred route, you can find them in /res/drawable-nodpi-v4/, or you can just download them from this Google Drive folder we’ve set up for your convenience.


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Feel free to check out the images in the gallery below. They are definitely a bit of a departure from the full-frame painted wallpapers of devices past, though they still maintain a bit of the same style sense. Though these were obviously made to accent OnePlus’ newest device, we’re sure they will look great on any handset.

What are your thoughts on the new wallpapers? Do you prefer them to the old style, or have a soft spot for fully painted walls?





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Great new OnePlus 5 render shows off a bit more style, dual rear cameras



This is our best look yet at the OnePlus 5's hardware.
Landing right after the OnePlus 5 launch day announcement, we have our first great look at the phone thanks to a solid render offered up by Android Police. The render only shows us roughly the top half of the phone, but gives a few hints of what to expect while also discrediting some previous (admittedly weak-looking) renders.

We see a much more crafted and curved body with larger rounded corners, not unlike an iPhone 7 if we're being honest, that seems to have a near-flat back and more sculpted 2.5D curved glass on the front. Dual cameras peek out on the back, expected to be 12MP units, and the physical mute switch remains on the left side above the volume rocker.
Assuming this OnePlus 5 leak is legit (and it seems to be), we're still looking at a phone that will have pretty large bezels on the top and bottom of the display — though the side bezels seem to have shrunk down. It also lends weight to the idea that OnePlus will adopt a black color at launch, rather than holding it for a special edition as it did with the OnePlus 3T.
We won't have to wait too terribly long before we see everything when OnePlus releases the phone on June 20.
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The OnePlus 5 will be unveiled on June 20, pop-up events will sell the phone right away



Get ready for the launch event.
OnePlus has announced that it will unveil its new OnePlus 5 via an event on June 20. The online event is set for 12:00 p.m. ET.

After the online event is over, OnePlus will be hosting a handful of satellite events in major cities on June 20 and 21 to give fans an opportunity to see the OnePlus 5, get free swag and be one of the first to actually buy the phone. You can see full details on the launch page, but here's the gist:
  • New York (Meatpacking District): 7 p.m. ET June 20
  • Paris (Colette store): 11:00 a.m. June 21
  • Copenhagen (3 store): 4:00 p.m. June 21
  • Berlin (LNFA Conceptstore): 6:00 p.m. June 21
  • Amsterdam (Daily Paper): 6:00 p.m. June 21
  • London (details soon)
  • Helsinki (Elisa): 5:00 p.m. June 21
  • Oulu (Elisa): 5:00 p.m. June 21
  • Tampere (Elisa): 5:00 p.m. June 21
  • Turku (Elisa): 5:00 p.m. June 21
You can get your brain going on what you want to see by checking out its launch page and then set yourself a reminder for June 20.
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OnePlus isn’t even trying to hide the OnePlus 5 anymore







OnePlus has never found it important to keep its upcoming smartphones a secret.
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Remember the days before the OnePlus 2 was announced? The company slowly revealed the OnePlus 2 on the internet, announcing a new feature of the phone every week until it was officially announced. That left little to the imagination when we finally got the full rundown of the device.

Jumping back to present day and the OnePlus 5 is almost here. And even though we’re not getting a new detail straight from the company every couple of days, we still know a lot about this phone already. Even what it’s going to look like.

A few days ago, a new high-res image of the OnePlus 5 surfaced, showing off the dual-camera setup, mute switch, and general look of the top half of the device. But instead of pretending like that leak didn’t happen (like most other companies would), OnePlus has now decided it’s time to be open about what the OnePlus 5 will look like.

On the official OnePlus Google+ page, an image of the OnePlus 5 was posted with the tagline “Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.”, just as we saw on that leaked retail box for the phone a few weeks ago. The full image is attached below.



Well, that’s it… now there’s absolutely no doubt as to what the OnePlus 5 will end up looking like come June 20.

Was the company planning on revealing the look of the device this early all along? Or did they just give up after that leaked render appeared a few days ago?





At any rate, the phone will be officially unveiled at 12 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 20, so we don’t have much longer to wait to get all the details. Are you satisfied in knowing what the OnePlus 5 looks like before its official reveal date? Or would you rather be surprised? Also, how happy are you about the design? Hit up the comments below.
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OnePlus touts improvements to OnePlus 5 audio recording in loud environments


OnePlus is one of those companies that likes to slowly tease their products before releasing them. When you think about it, it's pretty clever; fans get more information, and OnePlus gets more coverage. The latest tidbit that OnePlus has 'leaked' about its upcoming iPhone 7 Plus clone is regarding its audio recording quality, specifically in noisy environments. However, it doesn't seem as impressive as the company is trying to make it seem.

Carl Pei, a cofounder of OnePlus, made a forum post talking about how OnePlus 3 and 3T users asked for better audio recording capabilities in loud places. Pei goes on to say that they used new hardware and a group of engineers to produce "much clearer sound," and that the OP5's new microphone "performs significantly better in loud environments."
An unlisted video posted to OnePlus's YouTube channel compares the OnePlus 3's mic with the OnePlus 5's at a concert. While the 3 is unable to properly capture all the bass and distorts the sound, the 5 can. However, the 5's sound does have more echo in general. And to my untrained ears (I'm not much of an audiophile), the mids and highs don't sound as nice.


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It's important to keep in mind that since this video was posted to YouTube, the compression isn't doing OnePlus any favors. Also worth noting is that it's possible the 3 just had poor audio recording in general. A comparison with something like the LG V20 or a recent HTC smartphone, or even a Galaxy S8 or Pixel, would be better. However, it might paint the 5's recording in a less flattering light, and after all, this is marketing.
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OnePlus CEO hints that the OnePlus 5 will come with UFS storage










OnePlus CEO Pete Lau (Liu Zuohu) has hinted that the OnePlus 5 may arrive with UFS storage on social media website Weibo. In a message posted yesterday from a OnePlus 5 device, Lau joked about how UFS storage had “become a selling point” of flagship phones.

While this isn’t confirmation that UFS storage would appear in the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus team, of course, know that their social postings are being watched eagerly as we run up to the OnePlus 5’s official launch next week. Following Lau’s post, if the OnePlus 5 didn’t come with UFS storage, fans would likely cry foul, and OnePlus has already lost favor with the community recently when it revealed that it wouldn’t upgrade the OnePlus 2 to Android Nougat (despite that it has only received one major Android update).
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OnePlus 5 shown from every angle in new series of leaks







OnePlus will unveil its next flagship in just a few days, and the company already revealed many details about the handset, including the fact that the OnePlus 5 will largely be an iPhone 7 Plus clone. If OnePlus’s teasers weren’t enough for you, and you want to see more images of the handset, then you’re in luck. Fresh images show the phone from every angle, confirming that it’ll sport a 2016 smartphone design, but also that it’ll retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.


Pictures posted on Case Fanatic reveal the phone will have a physical home button on the front. OnePlus will not go for an all-screen design for its handsets this year, which is something we already suspected because OnePlus confirmed the fingerprint sensor will be placed on the front.
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The same set of images also shows there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, which should be reassuring news for some buyers.
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A render showing the entire phone was obtained by TecnoBlog, and it tells the same story.
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The tech blog says it’s able to exclusively confirm the specs of the phone too. The handset should feature a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, a dual-lens camera with 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors, Bluetooth 5.0 support, LTE Cat. 12, a fingerprint sensor with a ceramic coating, and a 3,300 mAh battery that will support Dash Charge.
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Moreover, the blog says the final price of the OnePlus 5 should be of $479 for the base model, which is somewhat lower than we expected.
The OnePlus 5 will be unveiled on June 20th.
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The OnePlus 5 design is a step backwards







While OnePlus – and some others – would like to have you believe the OnePlus 5 design doesn’t look at all like the iPhone 7 Plus, it clearly does. But laboring that similarity misses a larger point: it’s not so much the iPhone 7 Plus connection that’s disappointing as it is the Oppo R11 connection. That OnePlus is once again falling back on a design borrowed from one of its sibling BBK companies demonstrates the company hasn’t matured quite as much as we otherwise might have thought.






To give you the basic background, OnePlus, along with Oppo and Vivo, exists under the broad umbrella of BBK Electronics. That means there’s naturally some shared supply chains, R&D, and in some cases, crossovers of smartphone design. The original OnePlus One was itself a fairly faithful borrowing of the Oppo Find 7 design and Pete Lau left a VP position at Oppo to co-found OnePlus. While both companies seem reticent to discuss the connections, they’re pretty plain to see.




While some stereotypes about Chinese companies shamelessly cloning iPhones are justified, what’s more interesting than what the Oppo R11 looks like is that OnePlus is still using a design blueprint from Oppo for its latest smartphone, three whole years after its first. This is an odd move for a company that has justifiably begun to outgrow its early growing pains and increasingly come to be seen as “all grown up”.



OnePlus finally did away with its awkward invite system with the launch of the OnePlus 3 last year. While that system may have been a necessary evil for managing supply and demand in the early days, it reeked of a fledgling company. OnePlus has since expanded dramatically to new regions and expanded its team by hundreds.

Software missteps with Cyanogen aside, the consolidation of its Oxygen and Hydrogen OS teams was also a move indicative of a company maturing – even if I’ve been critical of its success at times. Likewise, those tacky, clickbaity marketing attempts (remember the awful “Ladies First” campaign?) largely seem to have been relegated to OnePlus’ immature adolescent phase.
We've all watched OnePlus very publicly find its feet – and occasionally trip up – in the smartphone game.
The hubris OnePlus showed with the OnePlus 2 (especially regarding the messaging surrounding the absence of NFC) got them burnt fingers they vowed to learn from. Getting busted trying to game the benchmark game with the OnePlus 3 and 3T demonstrated that some sneaky tricks are better left untried too. What I’m getting at is that we’ve all watched OnePlus very publicly find its feet – and occasionally trip up – in the smartphone game.

Admittedly, the company still has a long way to go when it comes to update promises and customer service, but the difference in approach and attitude we’ve seen in recent years has been noticeable. Until the OnePlus 5 design, that is.



Recycling the OnePlus 3 design for the OnePlus 3T made sense and was completely understandable. Earlier changes in design represented the company finding its signature design language, culminating in the premium look and feel of the OnePlus 3. But the OnePlus 5 bucks those trends, transporting us back a few years to when the little startup that could needed all the help it could get from larger companies like Oppo.

But those days have passed. OnePlus looks a lot more like a “real” OEM than a scrappy startup these days and that means there are certain things we’ve come to expect, whether they’re reasonable to expect or not. Sure, OnePlus still makes gaffes and mistakes like any company, but they are fewer and farther between.
OnePlus looks a lot more like a real OEM these days, and that means we've come to expect certain things.
I think that’s why so many folks were disappointed when they saw the sixth OnePlus smartphone appear looking a lot like the most famous smartphone in the world. Even if that was largely due to the Oppo R11 borrowing from the iPhone 7 Plus design rather than OnePlus itself: it just felt like a step backwards, not forwards.



While the phone itself will no doubt be great and be adored by many, it’s just a shame that OnePlus hasn’t matured enough yet to never settle where its design language is concerned. Of course, there will certainly be plenty of differences between the OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus for those that want to go looking for them, but we shouldn’t have to.

You’ll have to wait until the phone is out to draw your own conclusions (and decide whether it even matters to you). But considering the other potential designs we’ve seen leaked in recent weeks, we were kinda expecting something more original from the OnePlus 5. OnePlus can’t be upset with this reaction either, because the company itself has religiously fostered the hype surrounding its devices, so we can hardly be blamed for wanting more. Maybe next year.
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OnePlus 5 design shown in commercial ahead of June 20th announcement









The OnePlus 5 is set to make its official debut in just two days, but if you don’t feel like waiting that long to get a good look at the new Android flagship, then the rumor mill has a weekend surprise for you.
The design of the OnePlus 5 has seemingly been revealed by a commercial airing in India. The ad is being shown during the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy cricket tournament, and the end of the commercial gives us a peek at both the front and rear of the OP5 in its entirety.
The upper half of this OnePlus 5 looks similar to the design that OnePlus teased recently, complete with a dual rear camera setup. We can also see what’s likely the mute switch, volume rocker, and power/lock button on the sides of the phone, and below the display is the device’s fingerprint reader.
What we still don’t know about the OnePlus 5 is its spec list. OnePlus has confirmed that its next flagship will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, and it’s also teased that it’s working with DxO on the phone’s camera performance, but the rest of the OP5’s spec list remains a mystery. The good news is that that mystery will be solved in just two days’ time.
What do you think of the OnePlus 5 design that’s shown in this leak?
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Which of these OnePlus 5 prototypes do you like most?





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The OnePlus 5 has been leaking out like crazy over the past couple weeks, and we’ve even received an official look at the device straight from the company. Now we’re just one day away from the official unveiling, and OnePlus is now being a little more lenient on what information is getting out to the public.

The Verge recently got the chance to visit OnePlus’ facilities in Shenzhen, China to get a closer look at the OnePlus 5, and what exactly went into the design this time around.






It’s no secret that OnePlus’ next major flagship will come with a dual-camera setup, which is actually a first for the China-based company. Completely overhauling the camera setup isn’t an easy task though, which means OnePlus had to go through a lot of trial and error before it landed on a design that worked. The company actually showed off a number of its OnePlus 5 prototypes to The Verge, which you can see in the image attached above.


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As you can see, OnePlus went a bunch of different routes here. You might notice a few iPhone 7 Plus-like prototypes, as well as some Huawei P10 copycats on the right. You can even see that OnePlus 5 prototype that we leaked a few months ago in the middle.





Personally, I’m a big fan of the white prototype at the top left corner… maybe just because it’s the most unique one. What about you? Are you liking the look of the OnePlus 5 so far, or do you think the company could have innovated a bit more on the design front? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to check out the source link below for an even closer look at the device ahead of its launch.
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Here are a bunch of OnePlus 5 leaks from around the web today


With OnePlus' launch event scheduled for tomorrow, the internet today is a sieve before the unrestrained torrent of leaks. So here are some of the highlights we've seen today. We'll be keeping this updated with anything we see that's of interest. Unless, of course, it's so interesting that it warrants its own post.
Evan Blass posted this leak over at VentureBeat, and it's the best full-frontal shot of the OnePlus 5 we've seen yet. The resemblance to Apple's phones is even more striking from this angle. It might just be me, but the camera does seem a bit different than it did on some other images which leaked earlier. The change in angle may be responsible for that, though. The size of the power button also looks like may have changed since last year.
There's also a leaked unboxing of the new phone. Over at the Chinese site MyDrivers, someone dumped a whole set of images showing off the box, phone, and a case, presumably the "ebony" one, if the OnePlus 3 cases are anything to go by.





The packaging doesn't look to have changed much since the OnePlus 3/T, we've got the same colors, style, and overall shape. Instead of having the name of the phone, it looks like there is is a new tagline on the side of the box, "Dual Camera. Clearer Photos." That seems to reiterate The Verge's article today, in which the site claims that the camera was a big focus for OnePlus. Other included bits like the plastic tray the phone rests on look pretty similar to last year.
TrueTech claims that it got ahold of the specifications for the OnePlus 5. The site reports that the phone will include a 4,000mAh battery and that there will be two variants. One model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, and another with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. TrueTech also claims there will be three color options, Slate Grey, Soft Gold, and Deep Black. The latter is alleged to be exclusively available with the 128GB version.
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Harsh Pittroda over on Twitter made a post earlier today showing off four different cases for the OnePlus 5. They all look pretty snazzy. We can't be sure which is which, since names and materials may have changed since the last generation. It looks like, from left to right, we have a rosewood case, "Karbon" case, ebony case, and a sandstone case. There's no sign of the bamboo, though, which is my personal favorite. I hope that it hasn't been dropped from the lineup, but it's possible that one may not have been ready in time, or they may have not included it in his package.
We already noted this in our post on The Verge's exclusive, but the site also leaked a new feature from OnePlus' upcoming phone. The story claims that the OnePlus 5 will have a new feature called "Reading Mode" which "makes the display mimic the look of a Kindle e-reader." I'm not so sure what that might entail, but as a fan of reading modes in most applications, I can't wait to check it out.
That's all we have for now, but we'll be sure to keep this list updated with more leaks as we see them. So if you're enthusiastic about OnePlus' next phone, you might want to check back in later to see if we've added anything new.
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Hardware and design

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Before we go any further, a few notes: We're reviewing the top of the line OnePlus 5, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (only available in black). This model will set you back $540, but that's still highly reasonable for the specs you get. Fortunately, there's also a version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (only available in gray) — that'll only set you back $480, and should still give every other flagship a run for its money.
Both versions of the phone are identical otherwise, from the Snapdragon 835 chipsets they share to their sealed, 3,300mAh batteries. (Yes, that's just a hair smaller than the battery we got in the 3T.) For better or worse, though, OnePlus still prefers giving its phones two nanoSIM slots instead of a spot for a SIM and a microSD card. While this flexibility (and support for loads of GSM and LTE bands) make OnePlus 5 an excellent travel device, you're better off getting the more expensive mode if you can afford it.




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All of those components are wrapped in a sleek, anodized aluminum body that, yeah, kind of looks like an iPhone. Some of the cosmetic touches are similar, like the placement of the fingerprint sensor and the dual-camera. More bothersome is how the classic OnePlus design language has matured to a point where it's starting to feel a little generic. The original OnePlus One was an unmistakable device — you just can't say the same about the OnePlus 5.
None of that doesn't take away from how well built this phone is, though. It's the thinnest flagship the startup has ever made, and at 153g, it's a just a bit lighter than the phone it replaces. All the usual OnePlus touches apply, too. High on the OP5's right side is a handy, textured notification slider that lets you quickly jump between notification levels like Priority (where only some people get through) and Do Not Disturb.
Meanwhile, you'll find one capacitive key on either side of the fingerprint-sensing home button that act as the Back and Recent buttons. You can swap their order or, if you're like me and accidentally hit them all the time with your hand-meat, ditch 'em in favor of some on-screen keys instead. It's this kind of flexibility that keeps OnePlus fans coming back for more.
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This year, we're working with another 5.5-inch AMOLED panel running at 1080p, with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and no curves. (It is, however, covered in a slightly curved plate of Gorilla Glass 5 that's already getting dinged up.) While I would've loved to see OnePlus embrace the no-bezel look that its rivals have, it's pretty clear why it hasn't: it'd be a financial nightmare. Personally, I'm just fine with the compromise OnePlus made here.
It might not be quite as crisp as the Galaxy S8's screen but the pixel density on this 5.5-inch, 1080p screen works out to 401 PPI. During my testing, that's been more than enough for nitpicking details in photos and reading very small text. Brightness was also sufficient — I took the phone for several long walks and had no trouble seeing directions.
The fact that we're getting a no-nonsense screen doesn't mean we're not getting any frills. After user feedback, OnePlus added an sRGB color mode to the 3 via software update — this time the team added support for the DCI-P3 color gamut, a move Apple embraced in its most recent iPhones. These are nice perks for display junkies, but most people will never touch these settings — the punchy default mode is already very pleasant. In fact, my only real complaint is that you'll see some mild color distortion if you look at the screen from a very oblique angle. That's less a problem for you than for the person snooping on your texts from the seat next to you.
Meanwhile, the speaker situation hasn't changed much: There's still a single grille drilled into the phone's bottom edge, and it's a little louder than the 3T at maximum volume. I've mostly used the OnePlus to blast music and podcasts for a week, and both came out sounding bright, if a little muddy at high volume. As always, you'll want to turn to headphones for the best possible audio quality. On the flip side, OnePlus baked three microphones into the phone for improved audio recording, and the difference was clear. I recorded a room full of chattering family members on Father's Day, and the 5 produced clearer, cleaner sound than the 3T.
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As always, the OnePlus 5 runs a custom version of Android called OxygenOS (version 4.5 now). Think of it as "stock Android plus" — it's built atop a clean version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and loaded with a host of helpful tweaks and options to give power users more control. You can, launch apps by drawing symbols on the screen or swipe into a "shelf" to the left of your home screen to quickly check the weather and leave yourself memos. Want to switch to a dark theme or inject some pink highlights into the interface like I did? Done and done.
The settings app is rife with modifications that both expand Android's usefulness and make it feel more personal, but all of this stuff is hidden under the surface. If you just want a smooth Android experience, you could very easily ignore it all. These broad strokes will be all too familiar to current OnePlus fans, but there are plenty of new touches as well.
There's a Do Not Disturb mode specifically for gaming, which automatically blocks notifications from rolling in when you're mid-match. More useful for me was a reading mode that makes the screen go gray scale when you launch certain apps — say, Amazon's Kindle or the New York Times. It's certainly easier on the eyes, but I'm never going to give up my e-reader. There's also a so-called "secure box" for storing sensitive files and apps from prying eyes (a la Samsung) which is always more useful than people are generally willing to admit. Beyond that, most of the changes are pretty subtle -- you can customize how the phone vibrates more specifically and night mode can be set to automatically activate with the sunset.
Curiously, my OnePlus 5 was supposed to have Google's Assistant preloaded — emphasis on "supposed to". I've since been able to confirm that the Assistant works as well as expected on other OnePlus 5s, so hopefully this is just a rare mistake that users will never have to deal with.
Camera





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Dual cameras in smartphones may have seemed like a flash in the pan at first, but it's clear they're not going anywhere except in our pockets.Most of the time you'll be using the 16-megapixel main camera, which stacks up well against devices like Samsung's Galaxy S8. Photos taken with the OnePlus 5 were generally a little darker and less saturated than their S8 counterparts, but the sensor's higher resolution kept things crisp and occasionally captured details Samsung's might have missed.
It's also very quick to focus thanks to the way Sony has arranged the focus pixels on the sensor — long story short, you're probably not going to miss the moment unless your reflexes suck. The camera also has an f/1.7 aperture, which made shots taken in dim conditions come out brighter than expected, though grain became an issue when lighting was anything less than optimal. As light grew more scarce, edges softened and textures became more indistinct.
Having another, separate 20-megapixel telephoto camera to switch into is very helpful, and it's a pleasant surprise to see OnePlus use a higher-resolution sensor for the zoom camera. (The G6, for example, uses a pair of 13-megapixel sensors.) Color saturation and detail seemed slightly better here as well, to the point where I sometimes preferred shooting in 2x mode. Thankfully, switching between the two takes a single tap, while a sideways slide brings the zoom level as high as 8x.




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Both of these cameras are used for the depth effect mode, which adds a bunch of bokeh behind your subject. It's a crowd-pleaser, albeit a finicky one. You have to maintain the right distance from your subject and have enough light for the software to do its thing. The resulting shots are generally very good, and I've come to appreciate OnePlus's approach over the iPhone 7 Plus because it works surprisingly well on things besides faces. Beyond all that is a fairly spartan app for actually shooting these photos, which is just fine by me. There's no cruft here — the only other truly neat feature is a handy Pro mode, complete with a histogram to help experienced photographers expose their photos correctly.
And what of the 16-megapixel front-facing camera? Well, selfies came out very crisp and the new screen flash makes it easier to capture your duck-face in a dimly lit bar. Good enough for me.
While I'd still give the photographic crown to Google's Pixel, OnePlus should be proud of its work. It's not perfect, but the dual camera here is well executed and raises the bar for a company that has struggled to get photography right.
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There was never any question that phone with specs like this would run well, but the OnePlus 5's performance took even me by surprise. I spent the past week as I always do — using the phone as my daily work multitasking machine, and then mixing things up with shoot-outs in Afterpulse or agonizing decisions in Telltale Games' Guardians of the Galaxy. Not once did I see the phone flinch, stutter or even drop a frame — it was almost weird how effortlessly the OnePlus 5 seemed to handle everything I threw at it. Based on my experience and the big, big numbers the phone put up in our suite of synthetic benchmarks, I have no doubt that this more expensive version of the OnePlus 5 will be overkill for most people.
Don't get me wrong: other flagship phones look and feel better, and pack so many exciting-sounding features that I'm surprised their marketing teams can keep up. Few other phones to date have felt this smooth, and hardly any have been able to offer up this level of performance. This, in short, is wild stuff for $540.
OnePlus 5 Galaxy S8 Plus LG G6 Google Pixel XL OnePlus 3T AndEBench Pro 17,456 16,064 10,322 16,164 14,399 3DMark IS Unlimited 40,081 35,626 30,346 29,360 31,691 GFXBench 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (fps) 60 55 42 48 50 CF-Bench 78,935 64,441 29,748 39,918 51,262 The flip side to all this is that the OnePlus 5 actually has a slightly smaller battery than the model it replaces. OnePlus says that the sealed 3,300mAh battery is capable of lasting around 20 percent longer than last year's 3T, but I wasn't able to replicate those claims. That doesn't mean the battery sucks. In our standard rundown test, where we loop an HD video with Wi-Fi on and screen brightness set to half, the OnePlus 5 stuck around for fifteen hours and three minutes — that's better than any other flagship phone I've tested this year, but roughly an hour short of the bar set by the 3T in 2016.
The OP5 fares better in daily use, though: while the OnePlus 3T generally lasted for just over a day on a single charge, the 5 routinely withstood a day and a half of mixed use. It doesn't take much to get that up to two days — the battery saver mode is off by default, after all — but the included Dash charger means you can go a long way on a momentary recharge. When I forgot to plug in the phone overnight, a 15-minute top-up was enough to last me most of a day. Just try (hard) not to lose the cable or the charger, because you'll need both to charge as quickly as possible.
The competition





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On one end of the price spectrum are the flagship contenders, like the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and LG's G6. The base level Galaxy S8 costs about $100 more than this particular OnePlus 5, and it's an absolutely gorgeous device. While you get a drool-worthy screen, you'd have to put up with loads of Samsung-mandated apps that you may not want.
The G6 is similarly laden with LG software you probably don't want, but its own dual camera setup offers more flexibility and media creation features. At $599, the unlocked G6 is still more expensive than the high-end OnePlus 5, and runs with a pokier chipset to boot. The price comparisons hurt when you look at iPhones, too. An iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera and 128GB of storage costs $869 unlocked.
If you're on a budget and looking for a great device in the same ballpark, there's always the Moto Z2 Play. In our initial testing, it proved to be an excellent, modular mid-range option with a lovely sense of style. That said, it costs $499 unlocked and offers a fraction of the power the OnePlus 5 does.
Wrap-up





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I've been using a Galaxy S8 as my daily driver since I started reviewing it, and I thought it was going to stay in my rotation indefinitely. Well, sorry Samsung — I don't think I'm going to put the OnePlus 5 down any time soon. The company built a phone that's very, very hard to dislike. It's blazingly fast, has a surprisingly good camera and excellent battery life. Its version of Android is surprisingly clean, and the price tag means true flagship power won't destroy your wallet.
Is it perfect? No. But building a phone like this is always an exercise in compromise, and the balance that OnePlus struck between form, functionality and price is incredible. Whether this means OnePlus the company becomes a household name remains to be seen. For now though, it's clear that anyone looking for a high-powered smartphone should have the OnePlus 5 on their shortlist.
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OnePlus 5 Network Bands

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Now that you’ve looked at the OnePlus 5 specs and are still deciding whether or not to buy one, you might be wondering if the phone will work on your network of choice. Below, we put together the full list of supported networks, from LTE to WCDMA and GSM, you’ll know by hitting that table below and matching it up to our US cellular bands cheat sheet.
As you can see, AT&T and T-Mobile support is there. Verizon connectivity is almost there, with a single supported CDMA band. We’ll have to test it ourselves to be sure, though, I’m not expecting it to be supported at all. Either way, this is looking like another GSM-focused phone with wide LTE support.
OnePlus 5 Network Bands FDD LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66 TDD LTE Band 38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA Band 34/39 UMTS(WCDMA) Band 1/2/4/5/8 CDMA EVDO BC0 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
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And now that the day is finally here, some folks just can’t help but to dish out last minute leaks before all their fun is spoiled. Here’s a look at the phone in the flesh, decked out in some of its stylish Style Swap covers.

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OnePlus 5 bend, scratch test offers a much needed reprieve




JerryRigEverything is used to putting every new high-profile through the wringer and, save for a few rare occasions, every one of those have been more or less great. Lately, however, Zack Nelson has been running into less impressive premium devices, like the HTC U11 and the BlackBerry KEYone. With the new OnePlus 5 and its promise of even better build quality, one has to wonder if third time’s a charm. It turns out that it is, but in a positive sense.

Almost all phones have scratch resistance now down to “T”. That’s mostly thanks to the rather standard Gorilla Glass 5. Where phones vary, however, is whether the home button, if it has one on the front, is equally impervious. Most aren’t. The OnePlus 5, with its ceramic home button, fortunately is. The back is made from anodized metal and isn’t going to be scratched by the coins and keys in your pocket or bag. If you do have an open blade in there, however, you’re out of luck.

Most of the time, burn tests haven’t resulted in any cause for concern. While screens do show burns or shut off from the heat, almost all of them do recover. The OnePlus 5, sadly, does not. A white burn mark is permanently left where heat was applied. The OnePlus 5 uses an AMOLED screen, which burns white in contrast to the black of LCDs. However, Samsung, which also uses AMOLED, doesn’t have this problem.

As for the bend test, the OnePlus 5 does survive, though not unscathed. The screen does popup out easily as it is not held down by strong, waterproofing adhesive. That, however, is as far as the damage goes and the smartphone remains operational.

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The OnePlus 5 repeats the same mantra of offering more for less, though the “less” part is now a tad higher than any of its previous models. It is still significantly less than comparable flagships this year, which is definitely going to be its biggest draw, not its good but not best dual cameras. That is, if you can get past how it looks like some other high-end and more expensive phone.
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OnePlus mocked Apple’s iPhone design after blatantly copying it on the OnePlus 5





The OnePlus 5 is finally official, as is the fact that the phone looks like a high-end iPhone clone made in China. There’s no denying that OnePlus looked at the iPhone for inspiration when it comes to the OnePlus 5’s design, but also for smaller things like the user interface for the camera app. Even so, OnePlus mocked the iPhone design during its official presentation.







“On the bottom, you’ll see that we ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack,” OnePlus designer Diego Heinz said. “The elegance of the overall design is instantly heightened. And who needs a headphone jack anyways? That’s why Bluetooth exists, right? Just kidding, of course, the OnePlus 5 has a headphone jack.”
The exec didn’t specifically mention Apple, but the shot was clear.
Apple killed the traditional headphone jack last year, but it wasn’t the only smartphone maker to do so. Yet, it’s just Apple’s decision to ditch an old piece of tech that’s still criticized by rivals.
OnePlus’s decision to join the camp of vocal critics is especially ironic considering that the OnePlus 5 looks too much like Apple’s latest iPhone. A report released before the phone was unveiled revealed that there were several prototypes for the OnePlus 5. Not all of them looked like the iPhone 7 Plus, but the one that was ultimately chosen was the one that did. OnePlus even told us that it tried to avoid copying Apple’s iPhone design, but ended up doing it anyway.
That said, OnePlus is no longer a startup company, but it’s also not able to really compete against Apple and Samsung. So one could easily understand both why it chose to mimic a tried and tested design for a brand new flagship, while simultaneously mocking its inspiration. But, if it’s going to go this way, perhaps its time for OnePlus to ditch its “Never Settle” mantra because the OnePlus 5 comes with plenty of settlements. It’s a lot easier to do than ditching the headphone jack.

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OnePlus 5: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

After we’ve been seeing various leaks and rumors for the past couple of weeks, the OnePlus 5 is finally here. OnePlus’ new flagship sure comes with a set of powerful specifications, and even though it resembles its predecessor (and a couple of other smartphones out there), it’s definitely a very well-built smartphone. As is the case with pretty much every smartphone out there, there are some positives to be discussed, but there are also some negatives that need to be considered when it comes to the device. The OnePlus 5 is a really interesting smartphone which builds upon the success of its predecessor(s), and we’re here to take a closer look at its positive and negative sides, so read on if you’re interested, and see if you agree with what follows.




The OnePlus 5 is, for the most part, a really good smartphone, especially if you considering what it offers at its price range, which is why there’s plenty to list in this section. Let’s talk about the phone’s design for a moment, and let’s ignore the fact that it looks almost identical to the OPPO R11, and that it resembles the iPhone 7 Plus quite a bit. The OnePlus 5 offers a really nice, industrial design, the phone is made out of anodized aluminum, it’s quite sturdy, and it looks nice. The device is not exactly small, but it’s not big either, and a curved on the back should make it easier for you to hold it. For better or worse, the OnePlus 5 sports some bezel on its sides, and from the practical standpoint, that might even be a good thing, so that accidental screen presses can be avoided when using the device with one hand.

The OnePlus 5’s fingerprint scanner is extremely fast and it comes with a layer of ceramic on top, which should protect it from scratches, as was the case with the OnePlus 3T. Speaking of that fingerprint scanner, it’s located on the front side of the device, and it seems like more people prefer it to be there (for practical reasons), even though phones tend to look better when a fingerprint scanner is placed on the back. A 3.5mm headphone jack is included on this smartphone, which is great news for those of you who like to use wired headphones, and simply hate dongles. When listing OnePlus 5’s positives, it’s hard not to mention its price point, this handset sports top of the line specs, and costs considerably less than its competitors, the 6GB RAM model of the OnePlus 5 can be purchased for $479 in the US (prices differ a bit in other regions, click here for more info), while you can get a model with whopping 8GB of RAM for ‘only’ $539.

Speaking of RAM, the 6GB RAM model of the device comes with 64GB of storage, while the 8GB RAM variant ships with 128GB of storage. Now, the OnePlus 5 is also fueled by one of the most powerful processors out there, the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC, which is able to chew through pretty much anything you throw at it, and in combination with a fullHD display and OnePlus’ highly optimized OxygenOS, you’ll get one of the smoothest software experiences out there. OnePlus’ OxygenOS is not only highly optimized, it also comes with a ton of customizability, you can alter this OS to serve you best, from theming it, to adjusting its gestures, and so on, think of it as stock Android with a ton of customization on top of it.

The OnePlus 5’s camera setup is also one of its strong suits, from what we were able to see thus far, the device can produce really compelling images, no matter if we talk about its main shooters, or its front-facing camera. There are two cameras on the back of this smartphone, a 16-megapixel RGB sensor (f/1.7 aperture, Sony’s IMX398 sensor), and a 20-megapixel telephoto snapper (f/2.6 aperture). This camera should be able to provide really solid images in both daylight and low light, while you can also get some nice bokeh effect thanks to its telephoto lens, not to mention that lossless zoom is also a part of the picture (2x). The OnePlus 5 comes with a 3,300mAh battery on the inside, which is a decent battery size for a 5.5-inch fullHD display, but just in case that’s not enough for you, OnePlus’ Dash Charge is definitely a positive aspect of the OnePlus 5, as it can recharge the OnePlus 5 really fast, even if you’re playing a graphically intensive game while it’s charging, that won’t affect the device at all.

The Bad


Not a single device is perfect, and that’s the case with the OnePlus 5 as well. Let’s talk about the phone’s display for a bit, a fullHD (1920 x 1080) panel OnePlus used in the OnePlus 5 is actually really good, this might even be the best fullHD (1920 x 1080) display out there, but it’s not QHD (2560 x 1440). The OnePlus 5 actually sports a fullHD Optic AMOLED display, which is exactly the same as the on the OnePlus 3(T), at least from the hardware standpoint, OnePlus made the effort to improve this display even further through software, and now it actually supports DCI-P3 gamut, which promises even better colors and general experience using this display. The OnePlus 5’s competitors offer QHD panels, most of them at the very least, and even though this fullHD display is really good, and it won’t bother most people… you see where this is going, it’s not QHD.

The OnePlus 5 does not come with an ‘IP’ rating, which means it is not water or dust resistant, and that is something that some people are not happy about. Most top of the line flagships out there offer some sort of water and dust certification, so it’s somewhat odd OnePlus decided not to go there this time around, though it’s understandable to some degree considering the device’s price point. Now, the dual camera setup on the back of this smartphone is quite compelling, but unfortunately, those two cameras protrude on the back quite a bit, which was the case with the OnePlus 3(T)’s single shooter as well. Nobody likes camera bumps, so it’s not exactly surprising that this particular tidbit ended up on our list of negatives.

Both NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 are included in the OnePlus 5, but one thing this phone does not come with is wireless charging. Truth be told, quite a few flagships out there do not offer wireless charging, but it’s definitely a neat feature to have, and OnePlus’ competitors, the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 (some variants) ship with such functionality.

The Ugly


The device’s build is really good, and looking at it as a separate entity, it also looks fine, but it resembles the OPPO R11 and the iPhone 7 Plus too much. One would think that OnePlus would want to develop a completely unique design in order to differentiate this phone considering how powerful its specs are, how optimized its software is, and how great of an experience you’re getting, not to mention its price point. So, from the design standpoint, the OnePlus 5 could look better and a bit different than it currently does, while those bezels could have been thinner as well (in general). Just to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with the device’s design in general, but some uniqueness goes a long way.
Wrap Up



So, to wrap things up, the OnePlus 5 is a great offering at its price point, it would be a great phone even if it cost more, which says a lot about the device. You’re getting a really sturdy phone here which is capable of shooting really great pictures, while its hardware and software will offer great performance on all accounts, one of, if not the best out there. The device’s display is quite compelling, and if you’re not bothered by the fact that it’s not QHD in resolution, chances are you’ll like it a lot. The phone’s selfie shooter is also its strong suit, and the phone is available to a number of regions around the world. The OnePlus 5, of course, has its downsides as well, and the only question is, are those downsides enough of a reason for you to skip buying this phone? That’s a question you need to answer if you’re interested in purchasing the OnePlus 5 at all, but one thing is quite certain, this phone is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a new flagship handset.
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Opinion: There’s a Lot to Like About the OnePlus 5, But Just as Much to Dislike

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Leading up to the unveiling of the OnePlus 5, I was pretty pumped up. For a bit of context, last year, my vote for Phone of the Year was the OnePlus 3T. In my mind, that phone was a complete package, so my thought going into 2017 was that OnePlus could keep that trend going. Now that the phone has been announced, I have a few thoughts to share.
To be clear, I don’t yet have a OnePlus 5 in my hand (it’s coming), so I won’t be speaking from direct knowledge about features or performance, but I’ve been doing this long enough to have a solid opinion on my feelings so far.
The way I see it, there’s a whole lot to like, but just as much if not more to dislike.

On stage during the unveiling, OnePlus said they don’t care about launching a phone that is purely about the specs, then laughingly went on to talk about all of its great specs. To them, it’s how all of the specs perform together that leads them to believe that the OnePlus 5 is their best offering yet.
The company apparently put a load of time into tweaking its camera offering, now with dual rear-facing shooters, but then skipped the addition of optical image stabilization (OIS) — something many people seem quite upset about. Additionally, from everything I have read and watched so far, the cameras aren’t even good. As The Verge says, “[the] dual-camera system is a failure.” Wait, you mean the cameras that OnePlus says it worked with Sony to create custom sensors for? Even MKBHD, who recently made an appearance at the company’s latest pop-up shop in NYC, didn’t have much excitement about the cameras. In his latest video he says, “This camera is a hit or miss experience.” Sorry, OnePlus, but as someone who was super excited for this launch, that’s not what I wanted to hear.
They are also offering a 8GB of RAM model, but didn’t quite elaborate on how that much RAM will benefit users. Oh, you’re saying I can go in and out of apps quicker? We’re going to need more than that, OnePlus.

On paper, for $539, a phone with 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM is pretty exciting, especially from a company that has proved it can make solid hardware. Realistically, many will probably get the 64GB + 6GB RAM model (prediction: due to the other model being sold out all the time), which is priced at $479. That’s quite a jump in price from initial OnePlus One offering at $299.
To me, it’s not that OnePlus can’t charge these prices, but they certainly aren’t taking the same route they did initially to garner so much affection from the Android community in the early years. I get it, if you want sweet hardware and sweet specs, you need to pay, but the OnePlus 5 seems to miss a few things that would justify such pricing. I already mentioned the lack of OIS for the camera, but the OnePlus 5 also lacks band support for Verizon customers (a massive chunk of the US wireless market), and it also lacks any type of IP rating.
As for software, the OnePlus 5 is running OxygenOS (built on Android “Nougat”), but we have no idea what to think about the company’s current Android update process. They recently merged development teams, so our hope is that nothing falls through the cracks. I should note, the company confirmed that the OnePlus 3T (not even a year old phone) would indeed receive the Android O update once it’s available. That’s great, OnePlus, what about Android P? That’s the update I’m actually concerned about if I own a OnePlus 3T. Our worry is only compounded following news that the OnePlus 2 will probably never see an update again (definitely won’t see Nougat), after it only received about a year of them. Can we expect the same for other OnePlus devices? The company still needs to prove that it can indeed support the devices it releases.

I know it seems like I’ve been ragging on the device for a bit now, but as I said, there’s a lot to like about this phone, too. Personally, I’m a big fan of the design, regardless of whether it’s an iPhone clone or not. It looks handsome to me. On top of that, they kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, kept the Alert Slider (my favorite part of the OnePlus lineup), and they only seem to make Dash Charge better and better with each iteration. Couple that specialty stuff with the Snapdragon 835 plus plenty of RAM and this phone is a real contender. Here’s hoping OnePlus can use software magic to make their latest cameras better.
Of course, you can expect to see our full review (video + written) a little after we finally receive our units. We don’t know quite yet when they are coming in, but it should be soon… fingers crossed.
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Experience the most powerful flagship we've ever developed. Official sales for the OnePlus 5 start on Jun 27 at 12:01 AM EDT, starting from $479.

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OnePlus 5 Receives First Big Update, Optimizes Camera and Much More



The OnePlus 5 isn’t available to the masses quite yet (orders begin tomorrow), but already, a large and important update is rolling out to the device. Labeled as OxygenOS version 4.5.2, OnePlus cites optimizations for quite a few things, plus a couple of bug fixes.
Specifically, in the optimization department, OnePlus lists the camera, Bluetooth stability, network stability, system stability, and compatibility with 3rd party applications. The company doesn’t go into detail for these “optimizations,” so we’ll have to rely on our own testing to see if anything has really changed.
For the bugs squashed, OnePlus lists “app installation issue” and “system update failure.” Regarding the latter, it’s kinda funny there’s a system update to correct a system update failure bug.
The update weighs in at just 36MB, so not very large at all. If you were fortunate enough to get your OnePlus 5 already, go install it.
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OnePlus investigating OnePlus 5 “Jelly Scrolling” issue






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OnePlus has responded to the discussions around the “jelly scrolling” issue currently found on some OnePlus 5 handsets. OnePlus 5 owners have been taking to the OnePlus forums and Reddit to discuss the problem, and OnePlus has now told XDA Developers that it’s aware of the issue and is currently looking into it.

Jelly scrolling is the name that users have given to the undesired OnePlus 5 effect that appears when moving up or down a page. When scrolling on afflicted devices, the screen will appear to stretch and squash portions of the content as it moves, which makes it look as if it’s wobbling, like jelly. You can see this in action here.




Several theories about why this is occurring have appeared online and after the first OnePlus 5 update rolled out earlier this week, the problem is still occurring.


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OnePlus has been at the center of a fair amount of controversy recently, but in this instance, I don’t think the problem is a huge concern (yet). It might look ugly, but the issue isn’t harming critical functionality and bugs always make their way into software. Even a huge company like Samsung — the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world — has to deal with this. As long as OnePlus fixes it quickly, it’s no big deal.

I do understand the frustrations, though, especially when people have paid hundreds of dollars for the phone. And I know some will argue that products shouldn’t be released in an “unfinished state,” but it can be difficult to identify such issues until they’re in the hands of thousands of people. Further, it isn’t easy to just “delay” a product launch, and there are so many factors involved in releasing a smartphone that there will always be some issues.






Those unsatisfied with the OnePlus 5 should have every right to return the product (and they have, within 15 days). If you’re generally satisfied, you might want to give it a few days (weeks?) to see if a patch to comes through.

Of course, I only stand by these thoughts if this is just a bug and not an unsolvable issue. If this becomes an Android Wear 2.0 notification situation — i.e. if there’s no word on a fix in a couple of months’ time — then it could be time to visit the pitchfork emporium.
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OnePlus dismisses OnePlus 5’s jelly scrolling effect as ‘normal’ behavior







OnePlus has officially responded to the controversy surrounding the odd jelly-like scrolling effect on some OnePlus 5 devices: this “subtle visual effect” is simply “natural.”






Despite having been one of the most anticipated devices of the year, the OnePlus 5 saw a lot of controversy since its launch. First it was the alleged benchmark manipulation. And now, as we reported earlier, some OnePlus 5 users are noticing a bizarre jelly-like scrolling effect. Essentially, the content on the screen would wobble and get distorted when you scroll through it – well – just like jelly. You can see it in action here.




After online threads gathered hundreds of OnePlus 5 users worldwide reporting similar issues, the company said it would be looking into it, and now it has an official response. According to OnePlus, this weird effect is perfectly normal:
The OnePlus 5 uses the same level of high-quality components as all OnePlus devices, including the AMOLED display. We’ve received feedback from a small number of users saying that at times they notice a subtle visual effect when scrolling. This is natural and there’s no variance in screens between devices.
Because the company deems it normal behavior instead of a manufacturing issue, it’s unlikely that OnePlus will see it as a sufficient reason for a warranty replacement. So, since it doesn’t look like OnePlus will do anything to address it, if the jelly effect bothers you a lot, you’re probably better off returning your device within the 15-day timeframe.
I tried scrolling while holding my Galaxy S7 Edge upside down, and it actually does produce the same jelly effect that's been reported.
There are a lot of theories online as to what could be causing the odd scrolling effect, and the one that I find particularly interesting is the upside-down theory. Users who have this issue claim that when they scroll with the phone upside down, the jelly effect disappears. In fact, out of curiosity, I tried scrolling while holding my Galaxy S7 Edge upside down, and it actually does produce the same jelly effect that’s been reported, making everything wobble. Perhaps the panel is mounted incorrectly; perhaps it’s a software-related orientation issue; perhaps it has nothing to do with the screen being upside down.

Whatever the cause is, I do hope OnePlus will do more than just dismiss it as a non-issue. After all, Samsung did the same with the red tinting issue on Galaxy S8 devices and later issued a software fix. With its price hovering dangerously close to those of mainstream flagship devices and with tensions rising from the OnePlus community, the last thing the company would want is to disappoint its loyal fans who chose to stick with the OnePlus 5.
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OnePlus 5 now available in Soft Gold for a limited time


If you're the sort that strives for that extra bit of tasteful ostentation, OnePlus' two original colors might not have made the cut. Gray and black are a bit bland, after all. As of today, those that match their metals (or those who intentionally don't) have another choice when it comes to the OnePlus 5. It can now be purchased in Soft Gold with a white face.
The color has been particularly popular on OnePlus' previous offerings, and rumblings of the new color combo for the OnePlus 5 had been circulating since last week. It's strange that they would only offer it in limited quantities, but it could be that OnePlus wants to test the waters before committing to keeping a new color in stock. However, it could be this is legitimately a limited-time deal, so if you've been holding out for the metallic color, it might not be a great idea to wait too long.




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One other exciting bit of news accompanied this announcement. The Slate Gray OnePlus 5 will soon be available in the 128GB/8GB RAM configuration, too. There's no specific date set for that, though.
The Soft Gold OnePlus 5 can be purchased now for $479, but only in the 64GB/6GB RAM configuration. If you were hoping for the bigger storage capacity, you're out of luck. At least, for now.
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