OnePlus 4 release date, specs: 8 GB RAM and improved camera?

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It has been only three months since OnePlus released their latest smartphone, the OnePlus 3, yet tech watchers are already on the lookout for the next iteration of the device. As early as now, speculation regarding the specs of the OnePlus 4 has started circulating online, and this is probably caused by the fact that the Chinese manufacturer is no one-trick pony when it comes to its devices.

Latest rumors suggest that the upcoming smartphone could have as much as 8 GB of random access memory (RAM) as well as expandable storage up to 256 GB, according to Android Headlines. It’s likely that the change could be reflected in the OnePlus 4, as previous models have shown that the line continues to improve every year.

The 2014 version, the OnePlus One, only had 3 GB of RAM. But the 2015 model, the OnePlus 2, had 4 GB RAM, and the current version, the OnePlus 3, has a whopping 6 GB of RAM. Though it’s highly possible that the manufacturer could choose to upgrade the OnePlus 4’s RAM, it was claimed that OnePlus might stick with 6 GB as it is plenty of RAM for what a smartphone is capable of doing. Moreover, as the company is famous for offering premium quality phones at more affordable prices compared other brands, adding more RAM could likely increase the phone’s cost.

Another feature said to be possibly included in the OnePlus 4 is a 23-megapixel camera. This would be a huge step up from the current model, which has a 16-megapixel rear shooter and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The first two phones both had 13-megapixel cameras and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.

As for the processor, the current model is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, so it’s likely that the company could choose to feature a Snapdragon 821 processor on its next phone.

When will the OnePlus 4 be launched? The company has a history of having unpredictable launch dates for its smartphones, as the OnePlus One was launched on April 23, 2014, the OnePlus 2 on July 28, 2015, and the OnePlus 3 on June 14, 2016. Based on these dates, it is expected that the OnePlus 4 will be released in summer 2017.