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This OnePlus 4 leak may seem dodgy, but it’s probably right


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New information about the OnePlus 4 has seemingly leaked out, and we’re not at all surprised.

Popular China-based leaker ‘i ice universe’ has posted to Weibo with purported news about the release date and hardware of the next OnePlus smartphone. According to the tipster (whose track record is admittedly mixed), the phone will launch in either June or July next year, and will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 chip. Unfortunately, we’ve got no way of verifying this information, so take it with due caution.

In any case, this could just as well be a case of educated guesswork. After all, the OnePlus 3 was announced in June 2016, so it’s not a huge stretch to throw down a similar launch window for 2017.

And while the component leak might sound reassuringly specific, it’s highly likely that many of next year’s flagship smartphones will run on a Snapdragon 830. Qualcomm hasn’t announced the chip just yet, but it’s expected that the top-end processor will begin appearing on smartphones as soon as early 2017. And a successor to the processor likely won’t appear until late 2018, which should mean the OnePlus 4 would miss out.

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On the bright side, it's believed that the Snapdragon 830 is already taking shape, and that it's going to be produced by Samsung's chip-making division. Rumour has it that the processor will be built on a highly efficient 10nm manufacturing process, which means we'd expect to see greater power efficiency (read: better battery life) and/or improved performance overall.

OnePlus is keeping tight-lipped about future handsets, so we’re largely in the dark about what the OnePlus 4 will look like. However, company co-founder Carl Pei recently appeared to tease the possibility of retaining the headphone jack (after Apple removed it with the iPhone 7) for the OnePlus 4 with the following tweet:

Otherwise, the phone is a mystery – stay tuned.

We've asked OnePlus for comment and will update this article with any response.

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