The OnePlus 5 was just announced yesterday, but the phone won't be available for purchase until June 27th. There is a secret Pre-Order code which will allow you to not only pre-order the phone, but have it arrive on your doorstep by Saturday. You just need to click on the "Early Drop" button on the website and enter in the code "Clearer Photos". This will allow you to place your order. Taxes and Priority shipping are included. There should be an option to add overnight shipping if you don't mind paying a few extra bucks.
If you need a phone for developing your app, or if you are still a root and rom enthusiast the OnePlus 5 should be one of the first devices on your list. Alongside the release of the new phone yesterday OnePlus has already released the Kernel Source and device trees needed to develop custom roms. The kernel source is mandatory if Rom developers aim to create a fully stable rom with all features and hardware functioning. The device isn't even available to the public until June 27th. It is nice to see this OEM on the ball when it comes to developer friendliness. It would be nice to see more OEMs jump on board with this.
All those benchmarks that we saw of the OnePlus 5 prior to the release of the phone may now be void. The early benchmarks show the phone outperforming devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8. On paper the phone should be able to do just that. It has the same Snapdragon 835 processor, more RAM, and a newer version of Android Nougat. It should not need the extra help to outperform other phones in benchmarking, but apparently it does.
According to an XDA report the OP5 activates a performance mode when it detects benchmarking apps have been opened. The cheat turns everything to maximum any time the phone is running a benchmark. These settings wouldn't be stable and you wouldn't actually use your phone this way in day to day use.
The performance mode is locked in which may cause overheating and ultimately damage the phone. Carl Pei states that this is the same mode used when the phone is gaming which is a bit alarming.
One of the best ways to experience a new phone without actually having to purchase it is by grabbing elements of the new phone's UI for your current handset. The wallpapers are the easiest bits of newness from the device to add to your own phone. Now the OnePlus 5 wallpapers are available for download. These are mostly abstract pieces of art for your homescreen. Some wallpaers are artsy photographs. You can grab the entire package of wallpapers from the link below.
Now that the OnePlus 5 is here we can dive into the carrier bands which OnePlus says supports up to 34 world wide carrier bands. There are 34 LTE bands supported along with some CDMA support. This means the phone will kind of work on carriers like Verizon and Sprint.
All three of Sprint's LTE bands (25, 26, and 41) are supported. Two out of three Verizon LTE bands are supported. On Sprint the phone will theoretically work, but you will only have LTE coverage. If you go into any areas with no LTE support your phone won't drop down 3G instead you will hit GPRS if you are able to get any signal. For Verizon the same is true, but without band 13 you will have no signal indoors. For all intents of purposes we are still looking at a GSM phone unfortunately, but if you are adventurous you can give it a try. You have 15 days to return the phone once it is received.
The OnePlus 5 was launched "live" on youtube yesterday. The whole experience was a bit stale. Carl Pei and colleagues read from teleprompters while standing in front of a green screen. There was no audience, and audience noise wasn't even added. However none of that mattered the OnePlus 5 brought all the excitement with it.
The Specs were the least of the co-founder's worries. He flashed them on the screen to get them out of the way. When looking for a new phone specs are among some of the most important aspects to consumers. The phone specs are as follows.
-OxygenOS with Android Nougat
-5.5" FHD Optic AMOLED with Gorilla Glass 5
-2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 w/ Adreno 540 GPU
-Storage 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1
-RAM 6GB/8GB LPDDRX4
-3300mAh battery with Dash Charge
-20MP f/2.6 telephoto lens paired with 16MP f/1.7 lens
-NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
-Fingerprint Reader, USB 2.0 type C, 3.5mm headphone jack
-dimensions 152.7x74.7x7.25mm 153g
-Dual nano SIM
-Midnight Black, Slate Grey colors
-$479 for the 6GB/64GB or $539 for the 8GB/128GB
Overall this phone looks pretty amazing for the under $500 price tag. It may have a 2016 design, but everything indicates that this phone will have what it takes to compete with the big boys. Mine is already ordered. Is anyone else picking this up?
Motorola has not only announced they have some news for us on the 21st AND the 27th, but they even included some teaser pics. Above is the ad for the 27th, and that has to be the new Z2. There is little doubt that they are showing the new Z2 because unlike the 1st gen Z, it clearly has the rumored dual camera setup on the back. Why is there no back on that thing, though? Does ANYONE use a Z without a back? Or maybe that's part of the tease? There's no BACK on the phone... "Motorola is back"? Ohhhh, cute Moto. New Moto Mods maybe? In the "poster" for tomorrows announcement in Brazil, is that X4/E4? (I have searched and cannot find out where the 27th reveal will be).
Moto, you are really starting to confuse me with so many models. However, I am looking forward to getting my hands on a Z2. I can't be the only one excited to see Moto bring out their next flagship?
You can see the the June 21st "poster" at the GSM Link below.
The Note 8 has been rumored to release sometime in the fall, but it appears that it may be releasing even sooner than that. The phone was previously expected to release during IFA in Berlin per the usual release cycle schedule. A new report coming out of South Korean publication "Naver" states that the phone will be announced at an event in New York on August 26. Last year the Note 8 was revealed on August 2.
Apparently the original plan was to launch the Note 8 at IFA in September, but the decision was later retracted to get ahead of the iPhone 8 launch. This publication also confirms a 6.3" display for the device, improved S-Pen, dual camera, bixby, and rear placed fingerprint scanner.
The OnePlus 5 launch goes live in roughly 3 hours. The event is scheduled for 12PM EDT. Thanks to an exclusive behind the scenes look granted to the verge yesterday we know a good bit about the new phone. We know that OnePlus has decided to focus mainly on the camera experience this time around. The phone does feature a dual lens camera setup. We know that they weren't able to duplicate some features like edge to edge display. The phone features a home button/fingerprint scanner on the front and it will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can watch the live event at the link below.
Early rumors suggested the Oneplus 5 would have a 4000mah battery. The latest leaks suggested the device would have a much smaller 3300mah battery but a newly leaked spec sheet appears to confirm the initial reports of the larger 4000mah battery. The leak also includes information about the colors of the phone at launch which include Slate Grey, Soft Gold, and Deep Black. Deep Black will be available for the 128GB storage variant only. The specs on this sheet are not guaranteed by the source so take it with a grain of salt.