The OnePlus 3 is not only an excellent smartphone, it’s also an extremely well-priced smartphone, and one we heartily recommend. However, there are rumors OnePlus may refresh the phone soon, ensuring it stays right up to date and can still compete with the latest, greatest, and much more expensive devices going on sale now.
Rumors of a OnePlus 3S or OnePlus 3 Plus, as it’s currently known, have spread from GizmoChina, where it’s stated the device won’t have a brand new design, but will feature slightly altered components. The main change will be the processor, according to the site’s source, which may change from the Snapdragon 820 to the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 821 chip.
The other possible specification change isn’t quite such good news. The OnePlus 3 has a beautiful AMOLED screen, and apparently due to supply problems this may become an LCD panel on the OnePlus 3S. If alterations are to be made to the camera, storage space, or other aspects of the phone, the current rumors don’t mention them.
It’s the apparent supply problems with the screen that may be forcing OnePlus to update the OnePlus 3. The AMOLED screen is the issue, and production can’t keep up with demand, according to the source. Changing over to an LCD screen should change this, as supplies are more plentiful, and boosting the phone’s power at the same time would take attention away from a decision which may be viewed as a downgrade by some.
Looking at OnePlus’s online store, in the U.S. the gold model is out of stock and the grey version has an approximately 11 day lead time. In the U.K. both colors are in stock, with the gold model shipping in less than a week. In China, neither versions are in stock at the time of writing. The OnePlus 3 has only been available since June, so is hardly an old device. Updating it with the Snapdragon 821 — the same processor inside the new $650-plus Pixel phones — would make it even more desirable if it retains the $400 price tag.
For now, it’s all rumor and speculation, but we’ll keep you updated on any OnePlus 3S developments.