Everyone is eagerly waiting to see what OnePlus has in store as the successor to the ever impressive OnePlus 3T.
Looking at past names of the company’s flagship releases, we all know that the successor to the 3T should be OnePlus 4, however, it appears that this won’t be the case at all. Even though OnePlus has kept quiet on the issue of names and other matters regarding the successor to OnePlus 3T, other happenings in the smartphone market are giving us hints of what exactly we can expect from the Chinese OEM when it unveils its next flagship killer.
In four days’ time, we will be having a new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Apparently, we know quite a lot about these phones, be it their specs, features and even the expected pricing. However, one thing about the two Galaxy S8 phones that gives us a hint of what the next OnePlus phone will be called is the model number.
The Galaxy S8 will come with model number SM-G950 and on the other hand, the Galaxy S8+ will have model number SM-G955. If Samsung was keeping to its naming traditions, it would be natural to have Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones with SM-G940 and SM-G945 as their model numbers. This is because last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge had SM-G930 and SM-G935 as their model numbers while the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge had SM-G920 and SM-G925 as their model numbers.
So, why not have model number SM-G950 for the Galaxy S8 instead of the natural SM-G940? In South Korea, people are not the biggest fans of the number 4, similar to the west as far as the number 13 is concerned. However, unlike in the U.S., folks in Korea are a bit more serious with their dislike for the number 4 and as such, they tend to avoid using it in any public places. With this in mind, Samsung had to skip the model numbers SM-G940 and SM-G945 since these two have instances of the number 4.
Apparently, it’s not just South Korea that has issues with the number 4. Quite a good number of Asian countries have this belief as well, including China, the home of OnePlus. As a result, stakes are high that the next flagship that this company will release will be called OnePlus 5 and not OnePlus 4 for obvious reasons.
Still, this OnePlus 5 name could have another explanation behind it. Since the first OnePlus One phone was released, the Chinese OEM has since followed it up with three more flagship phones that include OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. As a result, this makes the 2017 version the fifth major flagship from the company, hence the name OnePlus 5.
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