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OnePlus 4/OnePlus 5: News and rumors

Next OnePlus may have Snapdragon 835 power, Galaxy S8-rivaling design

Why it matters to you

OnePlus has a history of launching stellar phones at reasonable prices, and it seems likely that its latest offering will be no different.

It seems like it was only yesterday that OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone maker with a dedicated following, released the latest flagship in its eponymous series: The OnePlus 3T. But rumor has it that a brand-new model is on the horizon. It might be called the OnePlus 4, or even the OnePlus 5.

Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Specs and screen

The next OnePlus phone is shaping up to be a veritable heavyweight. A report from China says the phone will use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which has been introduced initially in the Samsung Galaxy S8, and will become more widely available over the next few months. This follows another rumor, from Android Headlines, also indicating the phone will use Qualcomm’s cutting-edge chip.

The same report states the next OnePlus phone will use an AMOLED screen with a curved edge, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Some reports suggest it’ll measure 5.5-inches and have a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Rumors originating from China agree, and also mention a bezel-less screen, much like the new Galaxy S8. The fingerprint sensor may be relocated to the back of the phone too.

One rumor pegs the OnePlus 3T sequel as having a whopping 8GB of RAM, besting the previous 6GB found inside the OnePlus 3. It’s not out of the question — the Asus ZenFone AR packs 8GB of RAM, and Samsung unveiled a 10nm 8GB LPDDR4 module in October.

Camera and battery

The phone reportedly won’t disappoint in the camera department. It’s expected to sport a 23-megapixel main camera (up from 16-megapixels on the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3) with an LED flash and 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. This isn’t certain, and a Chinese rumor report mentions a dual-lens camera mounted vertically on the back of the phone, again with 23-megapixels.

A 3,000mAh or 4,000mAh battery may be used to power the phone.It’s highly likely to support the company’s Dash Charge technology, which can charge the battery to 60 percent capacity in just 30 minutes. The base OnePlus 4 or OnePlus 5 will reportedly pack 64GB of storage and have a USB Type-C port.

Name

OnePlus might skip the “4” for “5.” India Today reports that the next OnePlus flagship will be called the OnePlus 5 rather than the OnePlus 4, because the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese culture.

Design

The OnePlus 4’s design remains a mystery, but reports suggest it will adopt an all-glass, curved aesthetic in the style of the Samsung’s Galaxy S8’s dual-edge panel. Despite the rumored glass design, GizBot reports that the OnePlus 4 will be more durable than its predecessor. It’s said to be IP68 rated against water and dust exposure, or safe in up to 1.5m of water for 30 minutes.

The OnePlus 4 will reportedly launch in five different color configurations, including white, black, gold, blue, and ceramic.

Pricing and availability

Assuming the OnePlus 4’s pricing is in line with its predecessors, it will retail between $400 and $500. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T launched at $400 and $440, respectively. Exactly when it’ll arrive is unknown. The OnePlus One shipped in April 2014; the OnePlus 2 shipped in July; and the OnePlus 3 went on sale in June. Sometime during the spring and summer months of 2017 is a safe bet, but greater specificity will have to come through official channels.
Article originally published in April 2017. Updated on 04-11-2017 by Andy Boxall: Added in rumors of a bezel-less screen, dual-lens camera, and the Snapdragon 835