After months of waiting, OnePlus finally revealed its latest handset this week, the OnePlus 5. While there are a lot of things to like about the device, the firm was keen on explaining the improvements it had made from previous efforts with its new camera. The device offers a dual sensor camera, which has become quite popular over the past year with many manufacturers. While many outlets reported that the handset offered 2x optical zoom like the iPhone 7 Plus, it appears that now, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Seen a bit of confusion so clearing this up. We’re claiming 2x lossless zoom, not optical.

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According to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, the handset does not offer 2x optical but instead has a 2x lossless zoom. Pei discusses how the “optical zoom is at 1.6x, the remaining 0.4x is realized through SmartCapture multiframe technology” on the OnePlus 5. What this means is that the cameras rely on a mix of optical and digital effects to compose its photos. While this might not be a huge deal to some, it is still good that the firm decided to clarify things.

Those that are interested in picking up a OnePlus 5, you will have to wait until the sale opens to the public on June 27. Previously, the firm did offer an early pre-sale event using a special code, but that has now closed. The 6GB RAM model is priced at $479, while the 8GB RAM model is priced at $539.


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