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OnePlus 4 – 5 features we want to see in 2017

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OnePlus 4 news and rumours: What we want to see in the next affordable Android killer

On its third attempt, OnePlus finally released a phone that pretty much ticks all the boxes. It doesn't sacrifice a whole lot to meet that killer low price.

And it has taken the fight to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and now the Google Pixel. It looks good, ditches that awful sandstone back and doesn’t take seemingly forever to charge. It’s still ridiculously affordable though, and you don’t even need an invite.

Even though we’ve only had the OnePlus 3 in our pocket for a few months, our minds are already eagerly wondering about how the Chinese startup will improve with the OnePlus 4.

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What is the OnePlus 4? The likely super-affordable follow up to the OnePlus 3, or the rumoured OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 4 release date – when’s it out? Summer 2017

OnePlus 4 price – how much will it cost? Around £300, or $400

We'll be updating this page with all the news and rumours regarding the upcoming OnePlus 4 so bookmark this page to always be up-to-date

1) OnePlus 4 screen: A better, more accurate display


The display on the OnePlus 2 was far from fantastic, and while the OnePlus 3 improved on it substantially it’s still not perfect.

First off is the resolution. Now, currently 1080p at 5.5-inches is fine and we can’t spot pixels, but 2017 is going to be the year of VR on phones and for that you need it to be a lot denser. Quad-HD is really the minimum for VR, so hopefully OnePlus will finally give us that highly-requested feature.

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With the emphasis OnePlus has already placed on virtual reality – sending out free headsets for the OnePlus 3 launch – we’d put big money on this being a tent-pole OnePlus 4 feature.

But it’s not all about resolution, far from it. One of our only real complaints with the OnePlus 3 is the colour representation of the panel. It gives off overcooked, unrealistic colours and while this won’t be a big issue for many, it’s annoying once you notice it.

2) OnePlus 4 battery life: More consistent, please


Our only other mega annoyance with the OnePlus 3 is its inconsistent battery life. In our tests we found it wasn’t the best when it came to gaming performance, with stamina not always as good as it should be.

Related: Why the OnePlus 3 is a true Android flagship killer

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We’d love the OnePlus 4 to have a bigger battery, as we really don’t need the phone to be quite so thin. Bulk out the back with more battery, getting rid of that camera hump in the process, and you’re golden.

There's also some improvements that we'd like to see with the charging solutions. Yes, the Dash Charging used here is very fast but you have to be using the charging brick and cable supplied with the phone. Use anything else and you're back to slow juice up speeds. Personally, we'd take marginally slower charging and better support for other cables and blocks simply for convenience.

3) Less production issues and faster delivery


Even though the rightfully maligned invite system was finally scrapped for the OnePlus 3, it’s not all smooth sailing if you actually want to hand over your cash and buy the thing.

UK customers are complaining of hold-ups and delays to their orders, with OnePlus stating that "the demand for the OnePlus 3 in the UK has been above and beyond what any of us expected initially."

That seems a typically PR friendly response, surely OnePlus knows us Brits love a bargain. To become a real player, these sort of delays and issues need to be completely stamped out. Until then, OnePlus just won’t be taken completely seriously.

4) OnePlus 4 design: Slightly more unique


Metal back. Curved sides. A home button sitting underneath the display. The OnePlus 3 is hardly unique when it comes to design. In fact, it looks like an iPhone 7 and an HTC One M9 had an unnatural offspring.

Related: OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2

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For the OnePlus 4, we’d like to see the brand add a bit more individual style to the phone. Offer it up it in more colours that aren’t restricted to gold and black, give it some flair and something that’ll make us stand up and take note.

5) Expandable storage


Normally, we’d be far more critical of a phone for not having an SD card slot but as the OnePlus ships with 64GB of storage anyway it’s not really a vital ingredient.

Still, it’s nice to have and with adoptable storage letting you combine your internal and external storage into one there seems less reasons than ever to leave it out. There’s clearly space too, as the OnePlus 3 has space for dual-sims.

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What would you like to see in the OnePlus 4? Let us know in the comments below.

p-tates

July 6, 2016, 7:46 pm

I'd like:
More software control(Like which audio device is being used).
NVMe Storage.
USB 3.1
Power control; give up performance for battery life.
Just a true OLED with 1080p would be fine to me, screw those battery eating pixels. If you want VR, get a VR headset, your phone isn't meant to be one.
Rather than an unwieldy 5.5" phone, I'd like another X-like model with these features.

Tim Turner

July 9, 2016, 5:25 pm

I'm with you... and in Red with Front Facing Stereo!

Robert

July 13, 2016, 9:44 pm

I just bought the phone. It is really nice all the way.
For the next Oneplus 4 I would also like to have a battery that could be replaced without going to a service center. What happens when/if the phone battery dies??? Rigth now is almost impossible to find a replacement anywhere in Europe (and I live in Africa... that makes it worst).
By the way, anyone knows a shop that could deliver original Oneplus 3 batteries in Kenya?

jakeski129

July 21, 2016, 11:58 am

Fuck me, so many fucking requirements you have. You bought the phone for 300 now suck it up and stop moaning, it competes fucking incredibly against samsung and apple, actually destroys them in certain aspects. Oh no, you cant take the battery out... oh no, there is no sd card ... oh no... fuck

Malhar

August 18, 2016, 4:56 pm

Things like production issues are luckily not present in India but I am already considering an upgrade to Oneplus 3 (my first Oneplus Device and much better than Samsung). Apart from the features mentioned above it should also get features like water and dust resistance, wireless charging (not necessary), Gorilla glass 5, 128GB internal storage, IR Blaster, louder speakers, more customisations etc.

MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

August 30, 2016, 7:17 pm

if those features were there, it would cost the same as samsung

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August 30, 2016, 7:19 pm

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August 30, 2016, 7:20 pm

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August 30, 2016, 7:20 pm

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MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

August 30, 2016, 7:22 pm

i would like these features:

5.5 4k display
snapdraogon 860
gtx 1090 10gb

32gb ddr6 ram
50mp carl zeiss f/1.6
10750mah
fast charging (100% in 2 seconds)

for $249

Brian

September 9, 2016, 10:49 pm

completely unrealistic for anyone that knows anything about the technology field. higher numbers for technologies does not mean better. For example, nobody knew that USB 3.0 was going to be a fail, the true gain was in USB power deliver and the type C connector. you have to look for factual benefits not just dreams.

MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

September 10, 2016, 7:19 am

I was being sarcastic

Nick

September 14, 2016, 2:34 am

Could be a bit cheaper though

Nick

September 14, 2016, 2:35 am

Who?

Nick

September 14, 2016, 2:39 am

it often takes a few months before the spare batteries become widely available.
OPO and OP2 batteries are available and cheap (aliexpress)

I also already see OP3 batteries but 2450mah? which is weird so guess it will take some extra weeks

MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

September 20, 2016, 6:49 am

Hmmm......

For $199 maybe?

MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

September 20, 2016, 6:50 am

i was being saracastic ._.

MalharMalharMalharMalharMalhar

September 20, 2016, 6:51 am

Malhar

Goldie Walker

September 20, 2016, 11:17 pm

Water resistant! Please!

The Finder

November 7, 2016, 12:53 am

lol

Philip Janssens

November 15, 2016, 3:06 pm

The AMOLED screen on the OnePlus 3 was a HUGE STEP BACK compared to the IPS LCD of the OnePlus 2. The OP3's maximum brightness is shockingly poor compared to the OP2. It's still a mistery to me how come hardly any review pointed this out. Add to that the quirky colors you get on AMOLED, and in particular the typical and very annoying color shifts (pink and/or green) of white backgrounds especially when the screens are slightly tilted, and I had enough reasons to immediately return my OP3. Please OnePlus, until AMOLED technology gives us bright and consistent whites under any viewing angle, stick to IPS LCD screens. A lot of people mostly use their phone for apps that mostly work with WHITE backgrounds (browsing, social media, mobile banking, ...) and only occasionally use apps (to watch video's or play games) that benefit from those "deeper blacks". Deeper blacks and AMOLED on smartphones are hugely overrated.

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