After stock of OnePlus’ runaway hit phone, the OnePlus 5, disappeared in many countries after only four months on the shelves, the rumor mill went into overdrive predicting the OnePlus 5T. Here in the editorial room, we’ve had some differences of opinion stemming from our inside sources, but now we’re all looking forward to the imminent release of the OnePlus 5T, with the launch event to be held in New York. Thanks to some leaked documents, we may even have a clue as to the price already. The latest leaks from a Chinese tech blog purport to show an AnTuTu benchmark screenshot of the OnePlus 5T, which, if true, would be a tasty preview of the phone’s hardware. This seems to match up with predictions from trusted leaker Evan Blass.
OnePlus 5T to cost the same as the OnePlus 5
As far as the price is concerned, there’s some interesting news from the rumor mill. According to a report by TechRadar, who caught a glimpse of some documents showing the price of the device for the UK market, the OnePlus 5T will have the same price as the OnePlus 5, and be available in 64GB and 128GB versions. No official word from the manufacturer about this yet, but we’ll be watching the livestream of the New York presentation event in the hope that OnePlus will confirm these figures.
The brand is preparing for launch and tweeted a photo of the city where the launch event will be held.
— OnePlus (@oneplus)
November 5, 2017
Now we know also know the date and time: November 16 at 11:00 AM ET. OnePlus will be streaming the launch event live, and is also giving away free trips to the launch event for three lucky fans and their guests. You check out the details of the event and watch the livestream here.
GizChina’s benchmark screen shows Snapdragon 845, boosted image sensors, more
Chinese tech blog GizChina displays an AnTuTu benchmark screenshot that it claims to be of the OnePlus 5T. Listed with model name OnePlus A5010, the benchmark shows off the smartphone’s specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The listing of a pair of 20-megapixel sensors is interesting, suggesting that boosting the photo capabilities was a big priority for OnePlus. We could be looking at a full-HD+ resolution of 1080×2160 pixels – an aspect ratio of 18:9, which matches up with other leaks. Then there’s also the fact that it’s specified to be running the latest Android version, so the OnePlus 5T could ship with Oreo ready out of the box.
I take this back. Just heard from someone I consider reliable that they are indeed working on an 18:9 model for end of November release. https://t.co/8pc7Z51Xli
— Evan Blass (@evleaks)
October 25, 2017
Evan Blass has a good track record of accuracy and seems convinced that we’ll see a new OnePlus with 18:9 aspect ratio out in November. For OnePlus to make a major update less than a year after their last flagship is a bold move, but so far all indicators are pointing that way.
OnePlus 5T pre-orders on the Chinese market
More signs pointing to a OnePlus 5T release have been spotted. Chinese online shop Oppomart has started taking pre-orders for the 5T ahead of an official confirmation from OnePlus. Everything that has been previously leaked matches up here, although strangely enough, the Snapdragon 865 quad-core chip listed in the shop is actually a step down from the 865 octa-core currently in the OnePlus 5. Pricing is also seen at the shop in USD at $549 for the 64GB model, and $649 for the 128GB version.
A word of warning though: As noted on their website disclaimer, “Oppomart.com is not an official shop of OPPO”, so this news stays in the realm of speculation until OnePlus confirms the release.
A new rendering surfaces
Though some trusted channels led us to believe there would not be a OnePlus 5T, the folks over at Android Authority have received an exclusive image leak of the new 5T signaling that OnePlus will soon be jumping on the 18:9 display bandwagon.
From this rendering, the presence of a headphone jack cannot be confirmed although it would be the logical thing for OnePlus to do considering how fashionable its omission is this year. You also can’t see the physical switch for silent mode, which has been a OnePlus signature since its first model.
You might not know, but OnePlus is part of a three company enterprise belonging to BBK—the same company that owns Vivo and Oppo. With Vivo in particular, OnePlus shares many common design schematics so this may be why insider info has been confusing surrounding OnePlus’ next device.
Earlier in October, Gizmochina leaked a phone render featuring a large 6-inch screen with 2160×1080 pixel resolution is on the way for a OnePlus 5T model. Considering what happened with the OnePlus 3 last year, the OnePlus 5 could already have its successor in November. But according to the leaked renders, the possible OnePlus 5T looks like it would be a bigger jump features-wise, than the OnePlus 3T.
Will the OnePlus 5T be all that different?
Now that a second render has surfaced, it’s almost certain the new OnePlus will be released this November. Gizmochina’s first leak of the alleged OnePlus 5T’s design resembles the Galaxy S8 quite a bit and borderline infringes on the OnePlus 5’s own and, in general all of OnePlus’ design identity. Even the physical side button dedicated to customizing notifications seems to be gone. We’ll have to wait and see just how big of a design shift this new OnePlus will be.
Taking into account that the OnePlus 3T came with the new Snapdragon 821 processor compared to the Snapdragon 820 that came with the OnePlus 3, the prospect of a OnePlus 5T release is a bit of a surprise. The OnePlus 5 is home to the recent Snapdragon 835 and Qualcomm won’t release a new chip by the end of the year. But now we can see OnePlus just wants to get the idea of bigger, better displays out there in the market.
Most of the OnePlus 5T’s features are yet unconfirmed, but that hasn’t stopped our community from passionately discussing what we’d like to see in it, check out our poll of the most desired features of the OnePlus 5T.
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