OnePlus 5 will be officially announced next June 20th and we already know just about everything about it. Its arrival in the markets through the official website and stores like Amazon will take place a few days after its officialization. The long-awaited top of the line Chinese brand is also expected to be sold by the British operator O2. However, there is something that is worrying me … will the invitation system come back?
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Last year when Chinese construction company OnePlus introduced OnePlus3, one of the big news was the end of the invitation system. That obstacle that obliged the consumer to beg for an electronic voucher and then spend their money. And why did such a measure even exist in the first place? Good question.
What is the reason for the invitation system?
When OnePlus was founded in 2014, you will easily understand that being so young and fragile, it was imperative to invest every penny or dime in the right place. Therefore they could not afford to produce a huge stock of smartphones that could later become dust. Thus arises the invitation system. At the time, a brilliant marketing and management strategy. While generating consumer expectation and spreading the brand name across the 4 corners of the Internet, the company could control the unit's number of smartphones produced.
In short, if OnePlus made 1000 invitations available and those 1000 were claimed, it could order the production of 1000 units. The risk factor is very low, as the consumer has a short time to make the payment before the invitation expires. In this respect the invitation system was brilliant. Until the brand grew exponentially and eventually became a real drag.
Can invitations go back to OnePlus 5?
It was only with the launch of OnePlus 3 in 2016 that the Chinese company canceled the invitation system. However, according to news reported by the site truetech, It is suggested that OnePlus may effectively resurrect this invitation system to purchase OnePlus 5. This claim is supported by the publication of the online Indian Amazon store. There we can see an image, similar to what you can see at the top of the article and where a "box" is present, an option of clearly says "Invite" – invitation.
At this time Amazon Indian is already selling a box with a t-shirt and an invitation to launch the new smartphone. Costing about $ 15.5, this starter kit includes a welcome pack for the new OnePlus 5 with a discount voucher and … an invitation code. Yes, an invitation to buy OnePlus 5.
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It is not clear at this time whether the invitation system will be applied only in India or even if OnePlus will apply this formality globally. Anyway, OnePlus is no longer a company start up with low capital reserves, unless consumers stop buying their products. I honestly find no justification for the return of this system and hope that this is not the case.
Features and Expectations for OnePlus 5
Inside this OnePlus 5, it goes without saying that it will be powerful, which will have all the technical specifications worthy of a high end for 2017. From the best Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 835 with eight processing cores (4 × 2.35 GHz Kryo and 4 × 1.9 GHz Kryo) with the Adreno 540 graphics. We still have 6 or 8GB of RAM and 64/128 or 256GB of internal storage. The memory scheme (RAM and storage) was revealed by the leakster @evleaks. OnePlus 5's operating system will be Android 7.1.1 Nougat with interface (UI) Oxygen OS.
Its construction will be metallic and hopefully this time will be more comfortable to use this smartphone with one hand. Antenna lines are located near the bottom and top margins, just like the Huawei P10 and iPhone 7. This will give up wireless charging. The remaining lines of the equipment suggest a design more elegant and ergonomic than its predecessor, which I particularly like.
”Dual camera, clearer pictures”. This is the slogan which will guide the camera of the next flagship killer. This nickname given by the brand to its high-end smartphones is a direct reference to the price / quality ratio that has always characterized the builder.
Assuming this, we will have a main camera with two 12MP sensors. One will be RGB and the other B&W with autofocus laser and optical image stabilization, not forgetting the LED flash. We will also have an 8MP front camera for all your selfies and video calls. The battery of the OnePlus 5 will be at least 3300mAh in capacity.
Will we have two versions of OnePlus 5?
OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5 Pro? It is a possible scenario. Based on the duality of information leaks. One of the most popular currents of leaks tells us that the OnePlus 5 will cost $ 499 or € 499, while the second suggests a price of $ 549 or € 549.
We also see a divergence regarding screen or screen resolution. On the one hand, OnePlus 5 is said to have a new generation of AMOLED panels, namely the 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED with Quad-HD resolution (1440 x 2560p). The relationship between screen size and resolution will result in a density of 534ppi (pixels per inch). On the other hand, the second current tells us that the OnePlus 5 will feature a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen but with a more conservative 1080×1920 pixel (Full-HD) resolution.
Moreover, we have seen the OnePlus community itself suggesting a OnePlus 5 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. This would be the most expensive version – $ 549 – while the cheaper version – $ 499 – would bring 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. A scenario in which I personally place some confidence.
I believe that having a OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5 Pro (suffix of my own) can be beneficial to the end consumer. OnePlus' appeal is growing and the brand has to adapt to the growing audience. For those who want 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a Quad-HD screen, the most expensive model will be ideal. For those who "just" want to be the most likely to be the best value for money on the market, the base version will do too!
Are you looking forward to OnePlus 5? What about the invitation system, does anyone miss you?
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