The OnePlus 4 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or 835 processor. We expect the phone to launch with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of native storage. The SnapDragon 835 chip is manufactured using the new 10nm FinFET process and is launching in 2017. The new SoC features Quick Charge 4.0. Unlike the 3T which came with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, the OnePlus 4 will look to feature a slightly downsized 5.3-inch 2K AMOLED display with better resolution. We expect the new phone to run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The OnePlus 4 is said to have a dual-lens camera setup. With VR and Augmented Reality scheduled to go mainstream by 2017, a dual-lens setup is essential to provide the very essential depth perception that enables realistic VR environments. There have been claims that there will be augmented and mixed reality features as standard on the OnePlus 4. This new form factor will pit the OnePlus 4 against the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is also said to have a dual-lens setup. Two other players sport the same feature: Huawei sports a monochrome and an RGB sensor while LG has two lenses-one standard and one wide-angle lens as well.
Lastly, the OnePlus 4 has not been assigned a launch date yet. We expect it to go official only in the second quarter of 2017. Precedents of the newest model include the OnePlus 3 which launched on 14 June 2016, the OnePlus 2 on 28 July 2015 and the original OnePlus on 23 April 2014. It is rather difficult to ascertain a specific pattern of the launch date. The OnePlus 4 is set to cost an estimated $399 as compared to the iPhone 7’s $849–$1,200, depending on the model and setup. We expect more details to follow soon.