Open thread: What features will the next OnePlus device offer this Christmas?


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It is confirmed that OnePlus will launch another device and hopefully in time for Christmas, but what features do you expect from the next OnePlus device?

There are going to be a ton of rumours flying around as to what the next OnePlus phone will be and what it will offer. Below I’m going to write down a few of those suggestions we have heard and some which we ourselves believe to be true. We would like you guys to comment on our thoughts and add your own in the comment section below.

OnePlus 2 mini?

OnePlus 2 display

Is the next OnePlus simply going to be a OnePlus 2 mini? I’m not entirely convinced that’s all it will be but some people who claim to be in the know do believe that a smaller (5-inch) OP2 mini will be released at the end of the year. What do you think?

Stylish mid-ranger with high-build quality?

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Personally I feel that OnePlus have already covered the market for mid-range and flagship phones with the OnePlus 2. It’s a low-cost phone for the spec, and launching a OnePlus 2 mini would risk the company eating in to sales of the full size phone.

Instead I feel that OnePlus will launch a mid-range phone with mid range hardware but high-end build. It won’t necessarily be cheap and will focus on design, fashion, camera features and likely audio.

Think of a device similar to and designed to compete against the Oppo R5, Oppo R7, Vivo X5Pro and iPhone 6. Does this sound plausible to you?

Qualcomm or Mediatek?

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I personally love the new Helio range of chips from Mediatek, and it seems that the Taiwanese chip maker are already working with some brands to release source code (finally). I would love to see a Mediatek X10, X20 or X30 powered OnePlus phone but I don’t think this is likely this year.

Unfortunately I believe OnePlus will stick to their partner Qualcomm for their next phone, which leaves us with the Snapdragon 615 V2 chipset. This is a huge concern and worry for me as both the Vivo X5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi4i use an SD615 and both are laggy and overheat.

5-inch display?

I certainly think the next OnePlus is going to be smaller than 5.5-inch and we will likely see a 5-inch of 5.2-inch phone. Since the launch of the OPO core fans have asked for a smaller phone and this is the time to offer it to them.

NFC?

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There is no chance the next OnePlus will use NFC. OnePlus have taken a stance much like Apple when it comes to certain hardware in that they say users don’t need it and so they won’t ship a phone with NFC until they decide its a good idea. In all honesty I do see OnePlus’s point about NFC not being used by most people, but with Google Pay rolling out we are going to see NFC usage surge in the next few months, making the OP2 and next Oneplus not entirely future proof.

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Cameras

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Shop.GizChina.com Oneplus 2 hands on photo

OnePlus have just started to use Omnivison for their cameras and will want to concrete their decision and back it up by continuing to spec OV cameras. This is not a problem at all as the latest OV sensors are some of the best on the market.

As I feel the next OP will be more of a fashion device and less of a powerhouse I expect the phone to come with a powerful 8+ mega-pixel front camera and 8+ mega-pixel rear. Remember the iPhone still uses an 8 mega-pixel main camera and there is no reason Oneplus can’t do the same while saving a few $.

Fingerprint Scanner

Yes, I think a fingerprint scanner and physical home button will be used once again. OnePlus said it was the best solution for the OP2 and are likely going to stand by those ideas for their upcoming Oneplus device.

Materials

vivo x5 pro review

Glass and alloy materials seem perfect for the next phone. We could possibly even see OnePlus make their next phone out of a liquidmetal material which would offer a very strong and smooth finish. 2.5D glass panels meeting a rounded alloy chassis would be a wonder touch too, perhaps even Sapphire glass is possible too.

Invite only?

oneplus 2 reservations

The mid-range OnePlus phone I envision isn’t going to have the same sort of impact as the OnePlus One or OnePlus 2. Instead of being aimed at core phone users the next OnePlus will be aimed at the partners, wives, girlfriends and boyfriends of current OnePlus phone users.

It will also make sense to launch the phone at around Christmas time as it makes the perfect gift.

It could be possible we won’t see an invite system for the next OnePlus, but just because they won’t necessarily need one doesn’t mean the company will choose to ditch the controversial system.

Other

Quality speakers and audio chips, enhanced beautification mode for the front and rear cameras, USB Type C and 3GB RAM plus no SD card support seem likely for the next OnePlus device.

So those are some of our predictions for what OnePlus have in store for later this year, and we have around 5 months to wait to see if our ideas are accurate or not. We will revisit these ideas as more information is announced, to see if we were on the mark or completely wrong.

Not it is over to you guys, what are your predictions for the next OnePlus phone?

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26 Comments

  1. Adam Irvine
    August 7, 2015

    They’ll put NFC in it… After so much negativity about the OP2 not having it… Even though Carl Pei has somehow managed to convince himself that NFC isn’t a necessity, they’ll put it in because it’s what people DO actually want… (Future proofing all the way!!!)

    • balcobomber25
      August 7, 2015

      Carl isn’t the only one, several people within the industry think NFC is a fad that won’t last. It’s also not that widely supported outside of the US and a few European countries.

      • Dante
        August 7, 2015

        God Lg G4 in its early stages didnt plan to have nfc But they added some pins on the back of the device and then they added nfc chips in the covers (lol right) You can obtain wireless charging easily with a sticker that costs around 10 bucks (you remove the nfc chip from the cover and put it instead it has nfc too) The OPT has these pins too and
        carl said that maybe they will make covers for the phone with nfc/wireless charging

        • Dante
          August 7, 2015

          And with all the bad hype maybe the second batch will already have nfc installed (also consider that chinese manuf. will already Make nfc/wireless charging sticlers or covers unoficially

  2. Alexander van Scherpenseel
    August 7, 2015

    This is new to me. Did they actually mention it will be a new phone? For me personally I would love to see a company like OP to build a competitive Tablet like Xiaomi has done.

    • AdM
      August 7, 2015

      Carl Pei said OnePlus would release a new phone around Christmas.

      • Max
        August 10, 2015

        afaik he just said “expect a new device”. he didn’t clarify it to be a smartphone.
        i’d much rather think it’ll be a smartwatch. pretty sure even.

        but we’ll see. i’ll be back to apologize or say “told you so”, either way: i don’t care what it is! 🙂

    • balcobomber25
      August 7, 2015

      Would have to wait for big brother OPPO to create a tablet first.

  3. AdM
    August 7, 2015

    I think the next OnePlus phone will be a OnePlus 2 Lite with a more humble spec sheet.

  4. Andrew P
    August 7, 2015

    Since their flagship doesn’t offer anything amazing, I highly doubt this one will be any better.

    It would be logical if it would be a smaller model. In reality smaller phones are selling better, and these bulky models are just a trick to put more hardware inside.

  5. Zeeshan Nathani
    August 7, 2015

    A 2K screen is for sure
    maybe an SD card slot(not gonna happen)
    and all the remaining OP2 features

    • Andrew P
      August 7, 2015

      There is no sense in your prediction, they stated OP2 is a killer phone already.

      If it would be a phone with better specifications, they would basically kill their own phone.

      • Zeeshan Nathani
        August 8, 2015

        There is a better variant of OP2 (A2005) which has 2K display.
        There was even an article here regarding the three variants.

  6. balcobomber25
    August 7, 2015

    I think its going to be a $150/200 device to take on the M2 Note and Redmi Note 2. Something with a SD615 or equivalent.

  7. Dante
    August 7, 2015

    Its an open thread so its my freedom to say anything i want
    I want the oneplus to have a mind reader so i can use it to see what is in the womens mind
    A built in hoverboard would be snazzy
    9000 megapixel camera will be enough i think 1 tb ram and 1 infinibyte 3d next gen 3d memory
    built in photon and laser gun maybe an airstrike button too
    I want it to be chuck norris , hulk hogan , and darth vader ( even if hes a pu$$%) proof
    the device would be made from black matter minimum if we will be lucky red matter why bother with the phone absorbing all the fall damage when the phone can absorb the whole galaxy?
    Apple will abandon all their mobile projects only to put a secondary logo on the next oneplus ( this way we can lure all the isheep )

    All this at a modest price of 9.99 $

    • Max
      August 12, 2015

      sorry, won’t work since they currently have no mind reader built in their own phones, so they can’t read your mind and get those infos from you. 😉

      • Dante
        August 17, 2015

        eh -_-

  8. Ruby
    August 7, 2015

    I would like to see a OnePlus mid range killer.
    A phone that would beat the Moto G 2015 in every category and sold for the same price of $180 USD.

  9. realjjj
    August 7, 2015

    There is no reason to expect anything good, they’ve made their incompetence clear with the OP2. There is no reason to expect good prices anymore either so worst case scenario they make a mini with SD615 or SD425 and charge up to 250$ for it.

  10. mikey
    August 8, 2015

    Why is everybody thinking that it would be a phone? It could be headphones also or something else. Why would 1+ change tactics of launch every year a phone…and now every 6 months? I think because they failed in the 1+2 and had lack of top specs and no much difference with the 1+

  11. MaxPower
    August 8, 2015

    it’s going to be a 5″ phone for 199$ so they can satisfy people that want a smaller phone for less money and that wouldn’t bother the sales of OP2.

    IMO it’s not going to be a Mediatek phone because it might not sell well in the West.

    I also guess it’s not going to be a SD615 because then i can’t explain why they have to wait that long to release it.

    two choices left then: SD618 and SD620.

    that would be a mid-ranger killer

  12. Steve B
    August 9, 2015

    the ability to generate endless media posts

  13. amirexpressir
    August 10, 2015

    Why not another flagship (pro version) by the end of year:
    SD820 or helio x20(unlikey)
    2K bezel-less
    5000-6000mAh battery
    4GB/128GB
    Dual Camera 20-23MP camera(like gionee e8 &…).ims275 or OV lens
    Dual Screen [E-ink] – (6inch and 4.85inch)
    Fingerprint(on side like volume/power button) /Eye/……. security
    even Dual OS
    Speakers like sharp aquos crystal or pantech a910(but both side)
    LED notification like Sky vega a870
    Why not digital TV antenna/DVB-T or/and having stylus too
    &…..

    with such Specs and price below 600-650usd,I think it can help the to take on worlds leaders especially when OP has gone famous and if such powerful device,the profit margin for company will be higher,not to mention People who take out money for this kind of flagship,wouldn’t hesitate to pay more(I mean even if comes to 700USD,its worthy of each penny I believe)…but this kind of phone with other heavily features,it will be more than monster(whose ask for best battery..those ask for best camera,best newest technology,best… all will risk buying such phone(although may not have after-sales service outside of china that much) as it beats it all

    At least that what I like to be my next flagship..to beat all brands too…stay on top of them not just compared to top players

    • David Camacho
      August 13, 2015

      Those would be truly awesome specs and they probably could do it, but I think it’s too soon. They want to maximize on the OP2

  14. Greg Zeng
    August 11, 2015

    My Redmi 2 just arrived a week ago. The low end smartphones are becoming very competitive & crowded now. Perhaps OnePlus best avoid the lowend.

    There is a lack of quality toughened phones however. Samsung & others have few offerings. Others of us rely on third-party aftermarket cases on our high & mid range phones.