OnePlus posts an image of the OnePlus 5 in hopes of combating iPhone rip-off claims
When an alleged final render of the OnePlus 5 leaked a few days ago, the initial response was near-universal. Everyone pretty much had the same thing to say, which was that the OnePlus 5 looked almost identical to the iPhone 7 Plus. Some people even went so far as to claim that it was a rip-off of Apple's flagship device. For obvious reasons, that did not sit too well with OnePlus.
Today, the Chinese company has taken to Twitter to give us our first official look at the OnePlus 5. Interestingly, the image posted shows the phone from a very unique isometric angle, instead of the usual front/back angles—likely an attempt to avoid further comparisons to Apple's device. OnePlus also emphatically states in its tweet that its phone has a continuous hard edge—as opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus' non-continuous edge?—that it has worked on for three years (well before its "inspiration" launched). Still, it's difficult not to take a look at the new image and immediately compare it to an iPhone.
Questionable arguments aside, it's hard not to argue that the OnePlus 5 is a sleek-looking piece of hardware. Heck, assuming its price turns out to be reasonable, it may become the device of choice for people who would love to show off a new iPhone but can't justify the high price tag. Whether the handset's striking similarity to Apple's latest and greatest actually turns out to be a boon for OnePlus, or instead becomes its bane, remains to be seen.