A new flagship smartphone from a relatively small Chinese startup is shaping up to be the Galaxy S8’s only real rival. There’s no question whatsoever that the LG G6 is a terrific phone, but unfortunately for LG, the handset has no advantages whatsoever compared to the newer Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Throw enthusiastic carrier support and Samsung’s multi-billion dollar marketing budget into the mix, and you’ve got a pair of flagship phones that are nearly impossible to contend with. Nearly impossible, but not impossible.

Leaks surrounding the upcoming OnePlus 5 are growing in frequency, and the phone is shaping up to be one of the most impressive smartphones of 2017. Now, a new leak suggests that earlier specs that spilled out just yesterday may have been inaccurate, and one key spec is even more impressive than we thought.

According to a leak on Thursday, the next-generation OnePlus 5 will feature specs that line up almost perfectly with Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • 5.5 inch QHD+ Full Vision display
  • Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 13MP Dual-Lens Rear Camera
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 3,600 mAh battery

Apart from the display resolution (which probably isn’t a big deal for most users), the OnePlus 5 certainly looks like a Galaxy S8 challenger on paper. And as we mentioned in an earlier post on Friday, all that power will be wrapped in a sleek all-metal and glass housing that likely sells for hundreds less than the Galaxy S8.

As if things weren’t already compelling enough, a new leak on Friday morning suggests that the upcoming new OnePlus 5 might be even more powerful than we thought. A supposed screenshot posted on Slashleaks shows specs that include 128GB of storage alongside not 6GB of RAM, but 8GB of RAM.

Here’s the screenshot in question:

This leak is obviously unconfirmed, but it comes from a source that has posted some accurate leaks in the past. A OnePlus 5 with even better specs than the Galaxy S8 available for hundreds less would indeed be a compelling alternative to Samsung’s latest flagships. While pricing for the OnePlus 5 hasn’t yet leaked, last year’s OnePlus 3T starts at just $439.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.