OnePlus 4 will change the way we look at smartphones
OnePlus 4 will change the way we look at smartphonesIBTimes India/Sami Khan

OnePlus 3T might be stealing the limelight due to its early release some time in December, but it is not going to be as big as the company's next big release, the OnePlus 4.

With the latest news about the 2017 flagship by the Chinese smartphone maker, people will probably be better off waiting a bit longer for a real upgrade instead of a tweak.

According to the latest update on the OnePlus 4 release, a Weibo user posted that the new flagship is going to be launched next summer, probably in June or July.

This upgrade is going to be a huge one for OnePlus, which is planning to bring some revolutionary upgrades to the table.

Rumours are rife with details about the OnePlus 4 being powered by the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor with a clocking speed of 3GHz. Most of the 2017 flagships are going to be powered by this chipset and OnePlus 4 will be among the frontrunners.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 will be based on a new 10nm process, making the phones more powerful and battery efficient than the current CPUs. The Snapdragon 830, which is likely to be mass-produced by TSMC, will also power some of the Galaxy S8 smartphones. According to BGR India, TSMC will also be producing A11 chipsets for Apple's iPhone 8, which will use the same 10nm process like the Snapdragon 830.

It looks like 2017 is going to be the year for performance-driven smartphones.

While it is too soon to predict the exact features of the OnePlus 4 and pinpoint its release date, rumours suggest the new flagship will boast an upgraded Adreno 620 GPU to support the new chipset, a slightly larger 4,000mAh battery and the latest Android Nougat software out of the box.

But all eyes are set on the OnePlus 3T for now, which is expected to be an upgraded variant of the popular OnePlus 3 with changes like Snapdragon 821 chipset instead of Snapdragon 820, upgraded camera sensor, Android 7.1 Nougat software and possibly a 2K screen.