Photo Credit: Evan Blass/ Twitter
OnePlus 5T price is the big question remaining unanswered after a flurry of leaks has revealed most of the features of the handset. With the launch event just a few hours away, fans won't have to wait too long to find out if the upgraded OnePlus 5T should be their next smartphone. Of course, the design will be the big change, introducing the bezel-less look to the OnePlus range, but there will other things to look forward to as well, if the rumours so far are true. The OnePlus 5T launch event is scheduled to start at 9:30pm IST and will be live streamed so you can catch all the action in real time. The handset will be launched in India on November 21 via a flash sale but only for Amazon Prime members, while the wider availability will commence from November 28.
Starting off with the OnePlus 5T price, the company's CEO Pete Lau has hinted that the handset will cost less than CNY 4,000 (approximately Rs. 39,000). This may mean that the upcoming handset may not be priced too high compared to the 8GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 5, though duties and other levies may push the price beyond the Rs. 40,000-mark in India. A week later, he said in a tweet, "Cost of smartphone components is rising, but phones are also getting better. OnePlus users will appreciate what's coming." This suggests the smartphone may be a little more expensive than previously thought.
On the other hand, a recent report - citing confidential documentation from telecom carrier O2 - claims that the OnePlus 5T price would be the same as that of its predecessor. It may just be that the company plans to phase out the 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 5 and replace it with the 5T model, but we will have to wait till November 16 what the plan really is. In China, the 8GB RAM variant of OnePlus 5 is priced at CNY 3,499, while it costs $539 in the US and Rs. 37,999 in India.
As for the India sale, the November 21 OnePlus 5T flash sale will be held at 4:30pm IST and will be open to Amazon Prime members only. Others will have to wait till November 28 for the open sale via Amazon India, OnePlusStore.in, and OnePlus physical stores to get their hands on the device.
The company has been heavily teasing the OnePlus 5T on social media and has confirmed few features. One of them is presence of the headphone jack. Lau also confirmed the name of the handset weeks ahead of the launch. OnePlus has confirmed that the upcoming smartphone will feature the 3.5mm jack, making it one of the few flagships that still offer the port, given the iPhone and Pixel 2 range have done away with it. Going by the company's naming, OnePlus has given the alphabet "T" to distinguish the new upgrades to its existing flagships. The company last year unveiled the OnePlus 3T as the new version of the OnePlus 3.
CEO Lau has also revealed the upcoming phone will not feature wireless charging, and users will have to settle with Dash Charge fast-charging. The company says the current wireless charging pads offer support a maximum of 15 watts of power, while Dash Charge goes up to 20 watts. Moreover, with wireless charging pads, the phone must be kept on the pad to charge, which means the user cannot use it play games or make calls and simultaneously charging it.
Going by some teaser images and leaks, the OnePlus 5T will be the company's first smartphone to sport a bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The thin bezels will shift the capsule-shaped fingerprint scanner to the back of the device. The smartphone is likely to have a portrait mode to capture images with bokeh effect. Some leaked images also highlight the absence of the home button at the front that has been a part of the OnePlus series since the OnePlus 2 launch in July 2015.
OnePlus co-founders Carl Pei and Pete Lau have been also teasing the camera on the new smartphone. The teasers have tipped a top-notch camera experience on the OnePlus 5T. The executives posted some camera samples that were supposed to have been captured from the new smartphone. If rumours are to be believed then the upcoming model will come with an upgraded dual-camera setup that would include optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a larger set of image sensors than what was featured on the OnePlus 5 earlier this year.
Prolific phone tipster Evan Blass had shared an image claiming to show the top front panel of the upcoming smartphone.
OnePlus 5T was listed by a Chinese retailer weeks before any official announcement. The leaked retailer listing claimed some of the specifications, such as 6-inch Quad-HD screen with 18:9 aspect ratio and it is said to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at up to 2.45GHz. It is likely to come in 6GB and 8GB RAM options with 64GB and 128GB storage respectively. On the camera front, the handset is said to sport a 20-megapixel rear camera coupled with another 16-megapixel sensor, making it a dual camera setup at the back. It is also said to have a 16-megapixel front camera.
These specifications all match with OnePlus 5; however, differences include a larger 3450mAh battery and a larger 6-inch display, while with some reports claiming a full-HD+ resolution of 1080x2160 pixels. It is also thicker than the OnePlus 5, weighing in at 164 grams. The thickness is said to be identical at 7.25mm, but the phone will be slightly wider and taller at 157x75.4mm. The handset is rumoured to support global 4G LTE bands and support 34 network bands.
OnePlus 5T also made an appearance at the AnTuTu benchmark suggesting the OnePlus A5010 model name, and listing similar specifications apart from a 20-megapixel front camera, and a boost of the rear camera. The presence of Android 8.0 Oreo on the OnePlus 5T is expected to make the overall package an attractive piece of hardware. However, a recent GFXBench listing says the handset will come with Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead of the new build of Google's mobile OS, but it may just be a test device and not the retail model.
The Chinese company is heavily stressing on the fact that the community was involved in a large way when it comes to the OnePlus 5T development. We can believe that the company took the feedback from customers and has worked to improve some features. The company few weeks back faced some solid backlash when it was accused of collecting unanonymised analytics data from its users. The company, however, took no time to introduce a new "opt-in" option for the user experience program.
You can tune in to Gadgets 360 on November 16 to get live updates from the launch event.