OnePlus is holding an event for the first time in Brooklyn, New York today where it will unveil the OnePlus 5T. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 11:00AM ET which is 11:30PM IST for the Indian audience. OnePlus will be livestreaming the launch event on its official page here. Succeeding the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T will come with notable upgrades and a new design as well.
Rumors started with the OnePlus 5T featuring an edge-to-edge display design similar to the recently launched Oppo R11s. Leaked renders also showed a similar design with that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. Two unboxing videos leaked online gave away the design change which only confirmed past leaks and reports. With very thin bezels on top and bottom, OnePlus ditched the Home button and instead places a fingerprint sensor at the rear.
Chipset, RAM and storage
Like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T will also be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. It is confirmed that there will a storage variant of 8GB RAM plus 128GB storage. There is a base variant expected as well with 6GB RAM plus 64GB internal storage, but it hasn’t been confirmed as yet.
Battery, connectivity, and OS
The OnePlus 5T is expected to be fueled by the same 3,300mAh battery along with support for Dash Charging. While many expected wireless charging on the smartphone, the company decided not to go ahead with it keeping convenience for users in mind. Its connectivity options would include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
Fingerprint sensor will be the biometric security system on the OnePlus 5T. But the company will unveil add another security method on the OnePlus 5T which was discovered from the unboxing video. Like the iPhone X’s Face ID feature, the OnePlus 5T will also have a Face Lock feature for unlocking the smartphone. It’s possibly be more advanced than Samsung’s iris scanning as it will scan an entire face to unlock the smartphone. More details on the OnePlus 5T’s Face Lock feature will be revealed at the launch event.
It is confirmed that the OnePlus 5T will continue with the dual-camera setup, but its specifics still remain unknown. However, a recent Geekbench listing states that the smartphone will sport a pair of 20-megapixel cameras at rear, and a 16-megapixel front facing camera. The megapixel count on the OnePlus 5T’s may not increase, but upgraded features are highly expected.
Pricing and availability
OnePlus caused quite a debate with the increased pricing of the OnePlus 5T although it still stuck on the mid-range segment. With the OnePlus 5T, there have been reports suggesting that it will be priced the same as OnePlus 5, at least for the base variant. In the US, the OnePlus 5T is expected to be priced at $480 (approximately Rs 31,400) for the base variant. The higher model could retail at $540 (approximately Rs 35,300).