Earlier this week, a few OnePlus 5 took it to the internet and community forums like Reddit to express their disappointment and confusion regarding a display-related issue dubbed as ‘jelly effect’. As noted by these users, OnePlus 5’s display seems to be showing the content kind of stretched after getting contracted when scrolled in the opposite direction. This movement resembles the motion you might notice on jellies which explain the reason for the effect’s nomenclature.
Here is a video demonstrating the OnePlus 5 ‘jelly effect’ for a better understanding.
When the issue was first brought notice by different users, OnePlus acknowledged its existence but denied referring as a bug or software issue or hardware issue of any kind. In the official statement, OnePlus said:
The OnePlus 5 uses the same level of high-quality components as all OnePlus devices, including the AMOLED display. We’ve received feedback from a small number of users saying that at times they notice a subtle visual effect when scrolling. This is natural and there’s no variance in screens between devices.
While OnePlus admitted to the presence of ‘jelly effect’ on its latest flagship, it refrained from giving any explanation regarding what exactly is the reason for such an effect. This is where folks from XDA Developers started their investigation and even though they are not exactly sure, the most plausible reason seems to be the inverted display placement on the OnePlus 5.
The team dived deep into the OnePlus 5’s kernel source code and discovered a display controller code which basically rotates the output on the display by 180 degrees. When compared with other smartphones including the OnePlus 3/3T, none of these phones were found with any such code.
Additionally, there is an image showing the teardown of the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5 which apparently corroborates the claim that the OnePlus 5 has an inverted display placement.
While all aforementioned points suggest that OnePlus’ latest offering has display panel placed in the opposite direction, it should be noted that there is no concrete proof backing up the theory that such a placement could be the reason for the ‘jelly effect’ on the OnePlus 5. It is also hard to tell why exactly OnePlus decided to go with such unconventional placement but it is worth mentioning that this is not an error or quality check failure or a result of any kind of negligence from the company’s end.
The OnePlus 5 ‘jelly effect’ is found to be present on only a small number of users and if you are planning to buy one in the future, it is not necessary that your particular unit will have it. But if you have a unit affected by the issue, it is up to you whether you want to keep using it or you want to return the device because OnePlus is highly unlikely to do anything about fixing the same.