OnePlus 5T release date, news and rumors

OnePlus 5T release date, news and rumors

Update: OnePlus has detailed its New York launch event, which will take place on November 16. Following the debut, the new smartphone will be available for purchase just a few days later, on November 21. We’ve included more details below.

Sitting safely in the top ten of our favorite smartphones right now, the OnePlus 5 is one of the best phones you can buy at the moment… but that said, in some markets it’s currently off sale.

On the official OnePlus website you can no longer buy the OnePlus 5, which is particularly strange as the handset is less than six months old.

Why would OnePlus drop the phone from its range so early? The answer now seems clear, as OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5T is on the way.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, since last year the company revealed the OnePlus 3 in June followed by a new replacement handset called the OnePlus 3T in November 2016.

Rumors and leaks are revealing much about the upcoming phone, so here’s everything we’ve seen so far about the OnePlus 5T.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A new flagship phone from OnePlus
  • When is it out? November 16 launch, November 21 release
  • What will it cost? Similar to OnePlus 5 at $479 (£449, around AU$630) 

OnePlus 5T release date and price

  • Confirmed for a November 16 launch, November 21 release
  • Likely to cost less than most flagships
  • We expect it to be priced around $479 (£449, AU$630)

There’s still a lot that we don’t know about the 5T, but the “where” and “when” we’ll first be able to see the phone ourselves is clear as day.

We’ve received an invite for a launch event in Brooklyn, NY on November 16. And guess what, so have you! If you’re able, you can spend around $40 to attend the event to check out the phone yourself.

We don’t have any idea how much the OnePlus 5T is set to cost, but we’d assume it would be a similar amount to the OnePlus 5 or perhaps even a little extra because of the improved spec.

The OnePlus 5 launched at $479 (£449, around AU$630) so we’re hoping for it to be less than most flagship phones on the market right now.

OnePlus 5T design and screen

  • Similar design to the OnePlus 5, but larger screen
  • Rumored 6-inch display with an 18:9 ratio
  • Currently uncertain on the screen resolution though

Rumors for the OnePlus 5T are starting to ramp up speed, but the most information we’ve seen so far has come from one source known to GizmoChina.

The site is confident in the anonymous source and the leak is quite extensive, suggesting the phone will come with a 2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 ratio 6-inch display. 

That would make the OnePlus 5T look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone X and LG V30 that we’ve already seen launch this year.

The render below is supplied by the same source and shows how the 5T has super thin bezels. The source can’t currently confirm whether it will have curved screen edges or not and there’s no sign of what the phone looks like from the rear.

Source: GizmoChina

It’s also important to note that this render looks identical to the Oppo F5 that leaked previously, but the source is adamant this is the OnePlus 5T and that it will look the same as the phone from OnePlus’s parent company Oppo.

Another image has also leaked out, this time a lower quality render showing the handset in black, sporting a seemingly identical design to the picture above.

Credit: Slashleaks

And hang on… what have we here? Yet another rendering recently leaked out to the web (below), showing some shrunken down bezels and a fingerprint sensor around the back of the device.

Again the source is GizmoChina, so most of these leaks seem to be coming from the same place.

However, we’ve also now seen what appears to be a live photo of the phone, and it shows the same design, with slim bezels above and below the display.

Another leaked teaser was provided to Android Authority that shows a dark and gloomy image of the phone. You can tell it’s a OnePlus device because of the Never Settle tagline on the screen, but it doesn’t show much we didn’t already know.

Image credit: Android Authority

This further hammers home the rumors of a full-screen display and much slimmer bezels, but apart from that there’s not much more revealed in this OnePlus 5T teaser.

Not one to be left out, prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has also revealed the OnePlus 5T name and a shot of what appears to be the top half of the handset, complete with some slender looking bezels – potentially cutting the blank space above and below the space in half from the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus has also officially revealed that it will be keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack on the OnePlus 5T, prior to which a tweet from the company account had heavily hinted at the legacy tech sticking around, so you’ll be able to use your current wired headsets with the phone.

OnePlus 5T camera

  • New camera sensors rumored to be two 20MP sensors working together
  • Upgraded Portrait mode has been teased by the CEO of OnePlus

With a number of leaks also suggesting there will be two 20MP sensors on the back of the OnePlus 5T, the co-founder of OnePlus Carl Pei has also tweeted some images that look to be taken with the phone’s rear camera.

You can see one below that likely shows the portrait mode on the OnePlus 5T while we have also seen Pei tease the camera in further shots and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has done a similar thing too.

OnePlus 5T specs

  • Likely packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with lots of RAM
  • Largely similar specs to what we saw on the OnePlus 5

There isn’t an upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset found inside the OnePlus 5, so we can safely assume the company will decide to include that same setup with 6GB or 8GB of RAM inside the OnePlus 5T.

That’ll likely mean storage options of either 64GB or 128GB, but it may be time for OnePlus to offer up a 256GB option as well. There’s also no official word on whether the phone will come with microSD support, but it’s not something OnePlus usually supports.

OnePlus may also upgrade the battery on the OnePlus 5T to power that new screen with an AnTuTu benchmark spotted by GizChina saying it be a 3,450mAh cell (compared to the 3,300mAh one in the OnePlus 5).


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