Here’s why OnePlus flipped the display upside down on the OnePlus 5

Although the OnePlus 5 comes with the inverted display resulting in jelly effect while scrolling through some apps, there is a reason.

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    • Teardown shows some OP5 screens upside down
    • OnePlus says Jelly effect normal


OnePlus recently introduced the successor to the OnePlus 3T (Review), the OnePlus 5 (Review). Soon after the device went on sale, many users reported a weird screen issue: the jelly effect while scrolling through a few apps like Twitter. What it does is when users are scrolling, they will notice “a subtle visual effect,” resulting in a wobbly effect. The company, however, clarified later saying that they’ve received feedback from multiple effects but it’s not really an issue. “This is natural and there’s no variance in screens between devices,” said OnePlus in a statement.

Although it may seem normal to OnePlus, tech enthusiasts chose not to sit back, relax and let the company decide what’s normal and what’s not. Instead, they decided to investigate further and find the root cause of this problem. Soon after the jelly effect was reported, it was revealed that the company has flipped the screen upside down, which is essentially what causing this effect. An investigation carried out by XDA also revealed that VSync toggling is also behind this effect. Developer community further found out a display controller code in the kernel code, resulting in 180-degree rotation.

Image Source: Reddit
Image Source: Reddit

In spite of this, a Reddit user, who goes by the name ‘Tasssadar,’ performed a teardown of the OnePlus 5 in order to find out why did the company flip the display upside down. It is no longer a secret that OnePlus is following the design principles similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, thanks to its dual camera module and antenna lines.

Also Read: OnePlus 5 Design & Build Review

The OnePlus 5 has also opted for the same display as the OnePlus 3T. However, the display couldn’t allow the dual camera module and antenna lines at their respective places had it been not inverted. Hence, OnePlus decided to flip the screen upside down instead of investing in more resources, which makes sense. See the picture above and you’ll get an idea.

Have you been using the OnePlus 5 or experiencing the jelly effect while scrolling? Let us know your experience in the comments section below.