Sorry, but OnePlus is not releasing the rumored OnePlus 3S or OnePlus 3 Plus just like what previous rumors have claimed. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has addressed the rumors by announcing that it’s OnePlus 3 flagship device isn’t dead at all.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei reportedly took to the OnePlus forum to respond to questions about circulating reports saying that the company is running out of AMOLED displays for its OnePlus 3, so it has decided to discontinue production of the device and make a hardware redesign that would make use of LCD panels instead.
“AMOLED > LCD,” Pei wrote in the online forum. Later, he took to Twitter to further shed light on what the company is planning to do. “OnePlus will be staying with Optic AMOLED displays for the forseeable future.”
Additionally, a spokesperson for the company confirmed with Android Authority that OnePlus is “still producing and selling the OnePlus 3.” Android Authority also wrote that it does not make sense for the Chinese smartphone maker to just swap out displays to meet the demands of consumers for OnePlus 3.
PhoneArena chimed in that rumors about a OnePlus 3 Plus launching before the year ends is quite difficult to believe at this point based on Pei’s tweet about the AMOLED panels. The phone-centric website has learned that consumers who recently ordered their OnePlus 3 device were notified that their smartphone could arrive in three to four weeks due to the depleting AMOLED panels supply of the company.
Rumors swirled that OnePlus was discontinuing its OnePlus 3 due to the limited supply of AMOLED panels. GizmoChina reported early this week that an insider leaked details about a OnePlus 3S smartphone that could launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip and an LCD screen. In the wake of this rumor, more stories surfaced claiming that the company is developing a OnePlus 3 Plus device with a 6-inch display.