OnePlus 5 is fast becoming one of the most hotly-anticipated smartphones of the year.
And now – just five days before the new smartphone makes it debut – OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has revealed some new details about the next-generation handset.
The OnePlus CEO shared some details on Chinese social network Weibo about how Universal Flash Storage, UFS, would be used in the OnePlus 5.
Translated into English, the message reads, “Now the flagship machine UFS have become a selling point, too much fun.”
Until now, every OnePlus device has used eMMC storage, or embedded MultiMediaCard.
This is not as sophisticated as UFS and typically produces much slower speeds.
OnePlus CEO Liu Zuohu – known as Pete Lau in the West – shared the following tease
Additionally, UFS 2.1 storage enables smartphones to read and write simultaneously which makes memory reading and writing faster again.
That means loading times should be dramatically reduced. It should also cut the time needed to save large files, like 4K video, which the OnePlus 5 is expected to be able to shoot.
Granted, Lau has not outright confirmed the OnePlus 5 will use UFS 2.1 but it does seem like a pretty strong hint.
Everything else the OnePlus team has teased on social media has been confirmed by subsequent leaks or further posts by OnePlus, like the dual camera design.
OnePlus – the sixth smartphone to be released by the Chinese company – will be unveiled on June 20th.
Earlier this week, OnePlus CEO and co-founder Pete Lau shared a camera sample taken with the camera on the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus has shared a camera sample from its upcoming flagship smartphone
The beautiful black-and-white photo shows a man standing in water, with moored boats in the background.
One prominent rumour around the OnePlus 5 claims the smartphone will include a monochrome sensor as part of its dual camera set-up.
This monochrome sensor would reportedly be used to capture black-and-white photography, as well as brining additional detail to colour shots taken using the RGB sensor.
Whatever is happening behind-the-scenes, it is clear the OnePlus 5 will have a very capable camera.
OnePlus has shared a teaser trailer for its new phone, confirming the dual cameras
Granted, the camera sample is well composed. But is also shows an extraordinary amount of detail in the foreground, coupled with an impressive depth of field for a smartphone.
Google can create this effect using computational photography on its Pixel smartphone, while Apple uses a dual-lens system to create a similar bokeh effect.
This is not the first time OnePlus has published a photograph taken on its upcoming flagship.
Earlier this month, OnePlus tweeted a photo to showcase the low-light performance of the phone.
OnePlus had previously revealed it would be working with DxO to enhance the functionality in its next flagship.
OnePlus has tweeted an image of its next flagship phone ahead of the release date this month
The Chinese smartphone startup posted on its official blog, “We’re happy to announce that we have teamed up with DxO to enhance your photography experience with our upcoming flagship, the OnePlus 5.
“DxO is perhaps most well-known for creating the defining photography benchmark, the DxOMark.
“They’ve got years of imaging experience and expertise, both for professional cameras and for smartphones.
“Working alongside DxO, we’re confident the OnePlus 5 will be capable of capturing some of the clearest photos around.”
The successor to last year’s OnePlus 3T will purportedly boast a 4,000 mAh battery.
For comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 3,000 mAh battery cell, and the Galaxy S8+ 3,500 mAh.
OnePlus 5 is also rumoured to sport a 5.5inch multi-touch display with a 2560×1440 resolution – a step-up from the Chinese company’s current flagship device, OnePlus 3T, which has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Charging and syncing is expected to be handled via USB Type-C.
Unfortunately, those who were hoping this new flagship handset would retail at the same almost-budget price tag that OnePlus has used for its previous smartphones might be disappointed.
Sources speaking to Android Authority have claimed the pluckily Chinese startup is this year looking to use “more costly components”.
This move towards the high-end would dramatically increase the price of the OnePlus 5.
According to the source, OnePlus is “looking at a significantly higher price point due to components and design” – with some whispers placing the next OnePlus handset at as much as $ 650 (roughly £500).
That’s a significant step-up from the firm’s last phone, which retailed for £399.