When the OnePlus 5 smartphone launched this summer it looked like a phone with modern flagship specs… although the $479 starting price makes it a bit pricey compared with earlier phones from OnePlus. Still, at a time when Apple, Samsung, and Google are charging $800 or more for phones, the OnePlus 5 kind of looks like a steal.
Except that it’s got a design that looks pretty dated. Oh, and it’s out of stock.
But rumor has it that a OnePlus 5T is on the way.
Like the original, the new model is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and support for up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
But instead of a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, the OnePlus 5T is expected to have a 2160 x 1080 pixel display. That means it’d have an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio rather than 16:9, putting it more in line with other flagship phones launched in the second half of 2017.
It’d have a lower resolution screen than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Google Pixel 2 XL, but that’s in keeping with the OnePlus strategy of less-is-more when it comes to display resolution.
According to details from the Antutu benchmark, it looks like the new model may also have 20MP + 20MP rear cameras, which would be an upgrade from the twin 16MP cameras on the back of the original OnePlus 5.
Finally, according to Evan Blass, OnePlus plans to launch a new phone with an 18:9 display in late November. That sure sounds like the OnePlus 5T.
Blass, who’s known as one of the most reliable purveyors of tech gadget leaks, had previously been skeptical that a OnePlus 5T was in the works, but he said a reliable source indicated that the phone is happening.
There’s no word on whether OnePlus will make any other changes, so we may have to wait a while to find out more about the battery, price, and other details.