Last year, OnePlus decided to break its annual upgrade cycle by releasing a second flagship device roughly six months after releasing the OnePlus 3. According to a new rumor, OnePlus is planning to do the same thing this year by launching the OnePlus 5T. However, unlike the OnePlus 3T, which was very similar to the OnePlus 3 in most areas, the OnePlus 5T appears to be a complete overhaul in terms of design. As you can see in the render on the side, OnePlus 5T seems to have a design very similar to Samsung and LG 2017 flagships. And as we saw with the Oppo R11 and OnePlus 5, it appears the OnePlus 5T is going to be nearly identical to the Oppo F5 in terms of the overall design and build. Apart from razor-thin bezels on all sides, we can also see that the device seems to have curved edges on both sides, although they appear to be more subtle compared to some other devices.
The exclusive report from GizmoChina claims the OnePlus 5T will feature a 6-inch display with 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. There is no word regarding the rest of the key specifications, but we don’t expect any significant changes under the hood. OnePlus 5 still remains one of the most impressive flagship Android smartphones on the market in terms of hardware specs, so there is basically no room for improvement currently. Qualcomm does not have a more powerful SoC than the Snapdragon 835 currently and we are yet to see many smartphones with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The only area where there is some scope for improvement is in terms of imaging. The OnePlus 5 may be one of the most impressive flagships out there in terms of performance, but its camera performance does leave a lot to be desired. Another area where we would like to see some improvement is battery life.
While OnePlus is yet to confirm anything yet, the OnePlus 5 has recently run out of stock at most places. This could perhaps indicate that a replacement is on its way soon. Last year, the OnePlus 3 ran out of stock in most markets just a few weeks before the OnePlus 3T was officially unveiled.
What are your thoughts on this new rumor? Do you think it is a good idea for OnePlus to stick to a bi-annual upgrade cycle? Let us know in the comments section below.