Update, October 13: Following the OnePlus forum post that seemed to indicate that the OnePlus 3 would be shifting to an LCD display, co-founder Carl Pei later tweeted to say that OnePlus will be sticking with an AMOLED display on the OnePlus 3 “for the foreseeable future”.
Original post, October 12: Some of you will have seen (quite a lot of ) rumors recently claiming that OnePlus has stopped manufacturing the OnePlus 3. Amidst claims of AMOLED shortages, a possible new device to replace the OP3 and all manner of other speculation, a OnePlus spokesman has confirmed to Android Authority that the company is indeed “still producing and selling the OnePlus 3”.
I can’t go so far as to say this means the AMOLED supply chain issue has miraculously sorted itself out though. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei even posted a cryptic “AMOLED > LCD” comment on the OnePlus forum in answer to questions about AMOLED supply chain problems. Following the publication of this article though, Pei later tweeted the following:
OnePlus will be staying with Optic AMOLED displays for the foreseeable future.
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) October 13, 2016
In the earlier forum thread, Pei admitted that there is currently a month-long delay between OP3 orders being placed and units being shipped due to an unexpectedly high demand for AMOLED panels in 2016 that has resulted in delays in meeting demand.
But a completely new replacement for the OnePlus 3 with a next-gen chipset? I don’t think so. Swapping out display tech due to problems meeting demand is one thing, discontinuing a flagship for a new device with a different display type and chipset doesn’t make a lot of sense. If OnePlus is thinking “successor”, it should be the OnePlus 4, not something to take out a mid-stride OP3.
Whether you believe OnePlus is secretly working on a new variant of the OnePlus or not, at the very least you can rest assured that production of the OnePlus 3 has not stopped and you will still be able to buy one. You might just have to wait a little while.
Does display type matter to you? What do you want to see in the OnePlus 4?