OnePlus finally revealed this year’s flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5, at a starting price of $479. Amidst all the craze of the new smartphone from OnePlus, many were disappointed with the strong resemblance to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. OnePlus is once again falling back on the design department, which clearly shows that it still has time some to mature.
OnePlus and the Apple connection
Starting with the design part, many were shocked by the fact that it the device is eerily similar to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. When you place both the device side-by-side, one cannot simply distinguish between the devices. You get the same antenna bands placement, which is found in the latest iPhones. Even the dual-camera setup is situated at exactly the same place as we have seen in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. What’s more intruding is the fact that all the buttons on the OnePlus 5 are similar to what we have seen in the Apple’s flagship products.
Even if that was not enough, the company once again copied the dual-camera setup used on the iPhone 7 Plus. For the unintended, the iPhone 7 Plus has a primary 12-megapixel camera as the iPhone 7. But the bigger iPhone has a secondary camera, which is dubbed as ‘telephoto’ camera. The secondary camera in the iPhone 7 Plus is meant to create depth effect in images and helps users to get 2x zoom without any assistance from software. Post 2x, the camera takes help of software as is usually happens in smartphones.
Though OnePlus has used higher pixel count in the dual-camera setup, the core concept is eerily similar to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. You get the same 2x optical zoom coupled with 8x using combination of optical and digital zoom. The brand also introduced the Portrait mode, which is once again nothing more than a blunt imitation of Apple’s popular camera feature.
OnePlus and Oppo connection
OnePlus shares a deep connection with Oppo when it comes to the design of a smartphone. The original OnePlus was identical to Oppo Find 7 and same is the case of the OnePlus 5. The device has fairly borrowed the design from the recently-launched Oppo R11. What’s more intruding is the fact that both the smartphones feature a similar type of dual-camera setup, which further raises many eyebrows. This is an odd move for a company whose main motto is to “never settle” and still it is settling with a design that is already somebody else’s trademark. Hopefully, we would see a more distinguished design from OnePlus next year.