There will never, ever be a OnePlus 4 - because releasing it literally means death!

There will never, ever be a OnePlus 4 - because releasing it literally means death!
If you are at all interested in OnePlus' powerful and affordable phones, you may have seen the upcoming sequel to last year's OnePlus 3 and 3T models being referred to as the OnePlus 5. The straight-up number skipping may seem odd, as it's counter-intuitive and it isn't something phone makers do very often.

But it's not like a giant black hole opened and swallowed the OnePlus 4, compressing the fabric of space and time as to give us the OnePlus 5 a year in advance. The actual truth is even more sinister! If 1+ made a OnePlus 4, the phone might as well be called the OnePlus Death - in China and most of East Asia. Quite a marketing zing to it, huh? Imagine the looks you'd get for going to buy that from China Telecom, if they ever stocked it in the first place!

Like many other brands selling their products in the East, OnePlus has to get around a peculiar superstition. In China, pronouncing the number 4 sounds almost exactly like the words "death" and "disease", producing an unpleasant association. Understandably, the Chinese and other East Asian nations restrain themselves from using the number as much as possible, which results in some rather otherworldly practices.

"I'd like to get to Floor 4, please!" Chinese elevator - "Nope."

Some buildings in East Asia have no fourth floor and omit the cursed number from the rest of the floors – including the entire 40-49 set. You literally cannot get there because the elevator controls skip the numbers. Same goes for street addresses (try navigating!) and pretty much everything else, except military designations.

For example, the Chinese have no quibbles about a "Type 094 Nuclear Submarine." It's an underwater death machine, a four is only appropriate! But the real fun starts when 4 gets combined with other numbers. In China, 94 means "long death". 14 sounds like "will certainly die". 24 is shorthand for "easy to die"... you get the morbid idea.

Five, though, is a lucky number. It's associated with the five elements (Water, Fire, Earth, Wood, and Metal) and, historically, with the Emperor of China. So OnePlus must be feeling lucky about skipping numbers! At this point, it has been legitimately, though not officially confirmed that the next OP phone is the OnePlus 5.

China's Radio Regulation Authority has filled in a 1+ device with a model number A5000. Given the OnePlus 3 was the A3000, and the 3T was the A3010, the numbers make it pretty obvious where 1+ is going. The company may also go ahead and announce the smartphone in a month or two, seeing that it's already taking it through certification.

With rumors of a modern curved screen design, a spec sheet that includes the latest Qualcomm processor with up to 8GB of RAM, and a 23MP camera, the OnePlus 5 could indeed become the company's luckiest model so far – especially if the sub-$500 price tag stays and the phone ships with finalized software that isn't full of bugs or half-baked features. The OnePlus 3 and 3T left us with positive impressions, so we're reasonably optimistic about the 1+ Cinco.

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32 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, just like nokia 4... o̶r̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶e̶6̶ btw, that elevator also skipping 13 and 23 (13 is obvious, but 23?)

8. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And I thought I've seen all of Jim Carrey's films...! Well, this film seems to be quite boring, honestly... If the trailer is anything to go by then this film would be better off with a 'dramatic actor'... Such as Robin Williams, for example... Carrey looks absolutely out of place in this film (In the trailer, duh!)... Reminds me of The Truman Show... Oh well, G'Day!

25. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That film is indeed a disappointment in my opinion, however Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine are 2 of my favorite films of all time. Carrey's best performance are the dramatic ones, specially in the latter.

9. mahima

Posts: 720; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

redmi note 4, mi 4, redmi 4 seems like Xiaomi not afraid to be dead!!

31. NDKsis

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2017

Some Chinese manufacturers do have a 4 with their products include Xiaomi. However "OnePlus 4" will sound like "whole family death". 一加4(Yi Jia Si),一家死(Yi Jia Si)

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

You know what, I was born on The 13th...!!! Does it make me a 'cursed' individual...? Hmmm... Superstition has no boundaries, I suppose...

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yes...You are a horrible human being. You must 4 lol.

17. Shubham412302

Posts: 564; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Nokia has no phone with 4 in it.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #17 they has but not for east asian market.. i.e nokia 3410, 5140, 6234, 114, lumia 640, etc..

32. NDKsis

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2017

reply to #19 Lumia 640 sell in China market

18. Subie

Posts: 2301; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, there are also buildings in America that skip the 13th floor as well.

2. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Didn't stop Samsung nor LG ("4" has the same negative meaning in Korean).

5. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Or Xiaomi for that matter. RN4 is the fastest selling smartphone in its history.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

A lot of Asian countries have the same negative meaning of the number 4 (Japan, Taiwan,etc). Didn't stop Toyota from producing the Rav4

16. Subie

Posts: 2301; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

True. I was convinced that Sony would skip the Play Station "4" name as well... Didn't happen.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3092; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They name it whatever they like. I want specs and more specs. https://memesuper.com/download/e3d23a8594ba7eb49518452ae036973a7b734bf3.html

4. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

4 is my favorite number. The Chinese are cuckoo with superstitions.

6. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

If it were true then all Chinese children turning 4 would die and they'd wouldn't need to worry about turning 14 years old. Ridiculous superstition based on word that sound similar or rhyme!!!

10. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Some Chinese may be this superstitious but not all. Xiaomi used the number 4 - Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4. However, Meizu skipped from number 3 to 5 on their phones - none with number 4.

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"However, Meizu skipped from number 3 to 5 on their phones - none with number 4." Not true, because Meizu has a phone with the number 4 in it's name: Meizu MX4. Google it.

11. Guaire

Posts: 855; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

As far as I remember Xiaomi Mi4 sold more than 10M units within a year almost completely in China, about the same with the Mi3. There were same rumors about skipping number 4. Not to mention Meizu MX4 and MX4 Pro, Huawei Honor 4x and Honor 4c, 360 N4s etc. Maybe they are not Chinese enough or not afraid of death. OR assuming every Chinese person is superstitious is just silly.

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So how has samsung and Apple didn't have a problem selling the 4/s4 in those areas

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Steve Jobs coincidentally died during the time of the 4/4s...

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Load of bullcrap this article.

20. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Basically another hit piece because #Android

23. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

So wait a second. The brand is "OnePlus" and the phone was a "OnePlus 3"...doesn't that equal 4?

29. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Hahahahaha thats a nice one :)

24. gdawilson

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

At hotels, for everyone staying on the 'fifth' floor they're really staying on the fourth floor. That's so stupid >_

28. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Really so stupid

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