OnePlus released its third high-end, low price flagship phone back in June this year to rave reviews – we gave the phone four and a half stars - but if rumors are correct OnePlus is ready to replace it in the coming months.
Recently various sources have suggested the company is working on a OnePlus 3S or a OnePlus 3 Plus version to replace the main phone.
But it’s not a brand new refresh of the OnePlus and it won’t be the phone you expected to be called the OnePlus 4.
What’s the OnePlus 3S or OnePlus 3 Plus?
According to a ‘trusted’ supply chain source speaking with GizmoChina, the new phone from OnePlus will come with the same design as the original phone but different internals.
The main change seems to be switching the screen for an LCD option rather than the AMOLED panel used in the OnePlus 3.
China’s Compulsory Certification - a test to mark whether it’s safe for consumer use - was also given to a new OnePlus phone on August 29, suggesting the company is ready to release a new phone.
Why the switch in screens?
OnePlus CEO Pei has said there’s been an increase in the demand for AMOLED displays in 2016. It’s taking the company a long time to supply its OnePlus 3 orders because of the demand.
That’s why it's rumored OnePlus will be switching to an LCD panel for the new phone, as it would allow the company to meet orders quickly. Right now it’s having to contend with month-long delays because of a lack of panels on the market.
OnePlus CEO Pei has since tweeted stating the OnePlus 3 will stick with the AMOLED panel.
OnePlus will be staying with Optic AMOLED displays for the foreseeable future.October 13, 2016
Despite what Pei tweeted, rumors are flooding in suggesting the company is experimenting with LCD technology.
What do the upgrades mean?
Upgrading to the Snapdragon 821 should mean the phone is a touch faster than the original OnePlus 3 - it’d be about 10% quicker.
The OnePlus 3 is already fast, but when we pitted it against the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in our YouTube speed test the phone did run 20 seconds behind, so an upgrade would be a big help.
An LCD screen will pose a number of benefits and weaknesses over the AMOLED option included in the original phone.
AMOLED generally uses a bit more power than LCD, while the white balance is usually better on an LCD option as well.
But switching to LCD means OnePlus will lose the benefits of blacker blacks and a slightly thinner display that an AMOLED option would offer.
What’s it going to be called?
Sources are discussing whether it’s going to be called the OnePlus 3S or the OnePlus 3 Plus.
There may also be the chance OnePlus decide to call it the OnePlus 3 still and not change the name.
What we know is it won’t be called the OnePlus 4 – this is not the new flagship phone that we’re still expecting to see in June 2017 and it won’t be named as such.
Will it be worth upgrading?
If you own a OnePlus 3, the next version of the phone is unlikely to be worth the upgrade. The OnePlus 3 is such as great device that it features in our best phone ranking, among big name greats like the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.
But if you were planning to upgrade to the OnePlus 3, it may be worth waiting a little while longer to see what the company announces in the coming weeks.