OnePlus 3S release date, specs: Upcoming phone reportedly gets CCC certification, device to be released this year?

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Is OnePlus planning to replace its current flagship? The Chinese smartphone manufacturer just released its third flagship phone, the OnePlus 3, last June, but recent reports indicate that the company is about to release an upgrade which is said to be called the OnePlus 3S sometime this year.

According to Phone Arena, there is some evidence that a refresh of the OnePlus 3 is coming soon as a mystery OnePlus phone with the model number A3010 has been certified by China’s 3C. It was noted that most electronic devices imported into China or made in the country must have the China Compulsory Certificate mark to show consumers that a product has been tested and proven to be safe.

The report comes after well-known analyst Pan Jiutang said in a blog post that the handset was coming soon. No information has been given about the OnePlus 3S, but it was speculated that the smartphone might simply switch out the OnePlus 3’s Super AMOLED screen for an LCD display.

As for its specs, the OnePlus 3S is rumored to have a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. This would be quite an upgrade over the current phone’s display, which measures 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. It is also expected to have a 3900 mAh battery and a Snapdragon 821 chipset with 6 GB of random access memory (RAM).

While the current model has a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, it is rumored that the OnePlus 3S will have a dual camera setup and possibly an even better sensor at the front for selfies and video chats. As for the price, the OnePlus 3 costs $399, and it’s likely that OnePlus will keep the OnePlus 3S within the same price range.

For now, fans should take these spec rumors with a grain of salt, but stay tuned for more news about the OnePlus 3S.