OnePlus 7T Had a Gold Variant in the Works That Was Never Released

A OnePlus designer has shown off a shiny golden OnePlus 7T. Alas, it was not meant to be.

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OnePlus 7T Had a Gold Variant in the Works That Was Never Released

OnePlus 7T is available in two colours - Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue

  • OnePlus 7T was to be launched in a gold variant
  • The plans were scrapped in favour of the two existing colours
  • An image of the OnePlus 7T variant has now been shared

A lot of smartphones today come with gold colour variants, ranging from the iPhone 11 Pro to more affordable options from Samsung, Xiaomi, and others. It's a colour that particularly appeals to users in India, which is OnePlus' biggest global market. That certainly may have been a big factor for the Chinese smartphone maker, which had a gold variant of the OnePlus 7T in the works. The variant was never released, but an image of the smartphone has now surfaced on Chinese social network Weibo.

The image of the gold OnePlus 7T was shared on Weibo by Hao Ran, a designer for OnePlus. The shade of gold appears to be a lot brighter than the duller shades we see on most smartphones today, but unfortunately, it didn't quite make the cut. The OnePlus 7T (Review) is available in two colour variants - Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue - but according to the OnePlus designer, dozens of colours were considered before the final production options were selected, including this particular colour option.

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Photo Credit: Hao Ran/Weibo


While we often see smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung, Vivo, and Oppo getting a bit more adventurous with colours, OnePlus has usually stuck to safe options. This is because online sales have very different distribution and sales logistics, and adventurous colours may not be economically wise if there aren't too many takers for them. It's perhaps for this reason that OnePlus has stuck to the ‘safer' shades of blue and silver for the OnePlus 7T. This isn't the first time that OnePlus has experimented with a Gold colour variant for its smartphones, with the OnePlus 5 being made available in a Soft Gold colour variant at launch.

Of course, to be fair, the company often releases special edition variants of its phones, as well as colour variants for limited regions, including the OnePlus 6T's Thunder Purple colour variant, the OnePlus 6's Red Edition, the OnePlus 6's Marvel Avengers Limited Edition, the OnePlus 5T's Lava Red Edition, the OnePlus 5T's Sandstone White variant, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition, and so forth.

The more expensive OnePlus 7T Pro (Review) is also available in just two colours - Haze Blue, and the patterned black McLaren Edition (Review). While the company chose to play it safe with its latest launches, we do hope to see some more adventurous colour options coming from OnePlus with future models.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent overall performance
  • All the features of OxygenOS 10 and security of Android 10
  • Good battery life with extremely quick charging
  • Premium looks and construction quality
  • Great display and good speakers
  • Bad
  • Some bugs and inconsistencies with the camera app
  • Low-light photos and videos could be better
  • No water or dust resistance
Display 6.55-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 48-megapixel + 16-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 3800mAh
OS Android 10
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels

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Ali Pardiwala

Ali has over eight years of experience in the technology space, specialising in writing about all kinds of audio gear and TVs. He’s reviewed all kinds of headphones, speakers, audio gear, and televisions over the years, and is the in-house expert on all gadgets with screens and audio drivers. He is of the firm belief that truly wireless earphones are the future, and will always recommend a 4K TV, but not necessarily a smart TV. In his spare time, Ali likes to watch TV shows and movies ...More

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