OPEN THREAD: Let’s discuss the OnePlus 4/5!

oneplus 4 concept

The OnePlus 3 from last year was a reminder that the young Chinese maker was well and truly in the game. If things continue to move the way they have been, the upcoming OnePlus flagship is going to be a blockbuster smartphone.

There’s a lot of speculation about the upcoming OnePlus phone. There’s also a bit of trivia going on; logic would say that the phone be called the OnePlus 4, but given that the number 4 is considered to be unlucky in the Chinese culture (which is where OnePlus trace their roots to), the phone might well be called the OnePlus 5.

Logic would say that the phone be called the OnePlus 4, but given that the number 4 is considered to be unlucky in the Chinese culture (which is where OnePlus trace their roots to), the phone might well be called the OnePlus 5. 

That would be rather odd though, and hopefully there’ll be a new naming convention. They’ve already done the ‘X’, so that’s out of question for now.

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As for the specifications, OnePlus have always — since the original OnePlus One — tried to go all-out with the specs… well, pretty much. There’s often been a very good balance between grunt and practically. For instance, when the OPPO Find 7 came out with the 2K display, OnePlus decided to feature only a 1080p panel — and that still makes sense.

Super geeks might still want the best they can get (in terms of numbers) on the phone, so a 2K display might still be in contention (but probably something that’s not worth it, in my opinion).

There’s been some leaks about the phone, mainly talking about the ‘concept’ design. Have a look here.

As for the SoC, it’s quite clear what the OnePlus flagship for 2017 will feature — the Snapdragon 835. Every year, every iteration of the OnePlus flagship has featured the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon that was available.

  • 2014: OnePlus One, Snapdragon 801
  • 2015: OnePlus 2, Snapdragon 810
  • 2016: OnePlus 3, Snapdragon 820
  • 2016 H2: OnePlus 3T, Snapdragon 821
  • 2017: OnePlus 4/5, Snapdragon 835?

It would only make sense for the phone to have the next best Snapdragon SoC available to them. OnePlus also have been rather aggressive and have shipped their phones with high RAM quantities; the OnePlus 3 is among the few phones of 2016 to have 6GB of RAM.

Besides, we’re expecting to see a great camera (that has been a trademark of OnePlus phones), and hopefully a larger-than-standard capacity battery to keep us fuelled for the day. Oh and of course, we still want to see the Dash Charge feature stay!

What do you think? Go all out int the comments section below!

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  1. goodwill
    February 16, 2017

    Personally, I think It will be called Oneplus 4 because if they were really superstitious, they would not have gone for the name Oneplus 3 (=4).

    I think the ram will still remain at 6GB. It’s still considered as a lot. 8GB will only put a strain on the battery performance. 2K display application is not widely used on a mobile platform, yet. Application of VR is still in the early stages. So, it’s be a waste of cost and battery life to use 2K. I think a FHD Amoled will suffice. Besides the lastest SD, I’d definitely like to see a dual cam setup with OIS on the next OP.

  2. Adam Irvine
    February 16, 2017

    They just need to do something good with the Camera, and by that I probably mean their software team specifically the guy(s) working on the Camera utilization part… It’s a disappointment on the OP3 and it was deffo something that was hyped up massively during launch…

  3. Dcosta
    February 16, 2017

    I think camera with flash for Selfie lovers is a must… N a high resolution camera like Sony

    • Pradyun
      February 17, 2017

      Almost no one uses a ffc flash, and it looks ugly. Just look at the moto x 2015 in black

  4. David Bowline
    February 16, 2017

    No need for more RAM. 6 is fine. I’d like to see bigger pixels on the camera. The Google Pixel, Samsung flagships and iPhone all have much better low light cameras. Also, make it a little more stylish. Maybe a bump up in pixels, but 1080 is fine.

    Keep it inexpensive and fast. Just upgrade the back camera, battery and chipset. If the price keeps going up on these, then I’ll just by a Pixel.

  5. Vignesh Udaiyar
    February 17, 2017

    Waterproof and dustproof op5. With dual camera and low light camera features.

    • Jon Salisbury
      February 17, 2017

      Bang on. Op3 does everything I want but camera could be improved and waterproof takes the stress out of very rainy days in the mountauns! I’ve heard people mention a bigger battery to flatten out the lens hump on the back of the phone which wouldn’t be so bad, but I don’t notice the hump because I use a case which goes around it and the phone is still v.thin with case on which I like.

  6. Tor Guy
    February 17, 2017

    Give me expandable storage and bigger battery, Happy customer.

  7. Dt Bell
    February 17, 2017

    6gb ram will stick, 128 norm, 256 option mebbe. (flac lovers rejoice) 2k latest chips.

  8. Alex Rockemer
    February 17, 2017

    I would like to see expendable memory with support for UFS as well as MicroSD, IP68 resistance, rear fingerprint scanner, flat camera bump by adding a bigger battery, better camera software especially low light, support for Super VOOC/Dash charging, internal storage options for 64 & 128 gigs and 8 gigs of ram (ddrm4) for the 128gig storage version.

    Also keep the screen 1080p but with square not rectangular pixels.

    Snapdragon 835 chip set with dualband wifi-ax & native support for VOLTE.

  9. Assefa Hanson
    February 19, 2017

    Funny how samsung dropped the note 6 name to note 7 becaue it was unlucky and look at that ironic juice we got