OnePlus’s entry into the smartphone market in 2013 had been a significant milestone in terms of customer affordability since the Chinese company has been consistently rolling out high-end smartphones with the latest features at incredibly affordable prices. The company has a total of five devices in their repertoire till now and are reportedly looking to get a good kick start to their 2017 campaign with their upcoming device, the OnePlus 4.
The OnePlus 4 has been a topic of considerable discussion among smartphone enthusiasts and the device is definitely slated to feature some groundbreaking pieces of technology once it is rolled out. Sporting a 2017 release date automatically suggests that the device will go up against the flagships of Apple and Samsung and the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer will certainly look to step up their game if they have to consider giving competition to these big names. Nevertheless, among the huge number of rumours surrounding the upcoming device, few do have a fair chance of materializing once OnePlus decides to unveil the smartphone later this year.
A dual Lens- Camera Setup?
The upcoming year is slated to feature devices mostly sporting dual-lens camera setups, taking inspiration from Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus smartphone which was released earlier in September 2016. The OnePlus 4 is pegged to feature a dual-lens camera feature sporting 16MP wide-angle and 16Mp telephoto lens with the f/2.8 aperture to bring over optical zoom with phase detection autofocus, OIS and quad-LED (dual tone) flash. The camera sensors will most probably be manufactured by third party camera makers Hasselblad.
The camera features would most probably include geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection and HDR (photo/panorama) among others. The secondary camera is slated to be a 8MP shooter with a focal length of f/1.8 and front flash for video calling and selfie taking purposes.
An Upgraded 10nm Processor
A smartphone’s performance is a direct reflection of the chipset incorporated in it. The OnePlus 3T featured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor which accounted for the fast optimum performance of the device. The OnePlus 4 is pegged to surface with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which was launched by Qualcomm at the CES 2017 event earlier this month. According to the chipset manufacturers, the new fabrication process makes the chipset up to 30 percent more efficient while offering performance improvement of 27 percent. Qualcomm also claims that Snapdragon 835 will provide 40% more battery backup, which means higher battery backup irrespective of the size or density of the battery.
The new chipset has also been manufactured keeping in mind, the increased concerns over battery life of the modern smartphones. Devices which will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will also be enabled with Qualcomm’s Quickcharge 4.0 feature which optimises battery charging quite substantially. The feature is 20% faster and 30% more power efficient than Quick Charge 3.0. For a user, this means five hours of battery backup on five minutes of charge. Qualcomm says that the Quick Charge 4.0 can charge a nil-charged battery up to 50% in just 15 minutes via USB Type-C based adapters.