Android phone maker OnePlus has gone from a plucky upstart to a favorite of the enthusiast community in just a few years. The company (a subsidiary of BKK Electronics along with Oppo) launched its first phone in 2014 with flagship-level specs and a low $300 price tag. That earned it a lot of fans, many of whom automatically buy the newest OnePlus phone as soon as it’s available. Well, the next one is right around the corner. OnePlus has confirmed it will release the much-rumored OnePlus 5T on November 21st.
The phone is still a bit of a mystery–OnePlus’ announcement post on its public forums is light on details, but it does include a time and date for the phone’s unveiling. The OnePlus 5T will be revealed on November 16th at 11AM Eastern Time. The event will be live streamed, but OnePlus is also selling tickets to the unveiling, which is supremely weird. Anyone will be able to tune into the live-streamed keynote when it goes live on the 16th. Those who will be in the Brooklyn area can buy a ticket to the keynote for $40 starting November 8th. I can’t think of another company that sells tickets to a phone keynote.
After the announcement, preorders will go live on the OnePlus website with a shipping date of November 21st. Without details on the phone, many OP fans are fretting about whether they should be setting aside the cash to order the phone. After all, the OnePlus 5 was only released this past spring, and there’s no newer Snapdragon chip to go in the OnePlus 5T.
Rumors point to an external redesign for the latest OnePlus flagship. Some leaked photos have shown off a phone that looks much more like Samsung’s latest hardware. The screen appears to occupy more of the device, and the bezels have been slimmed down. The front-facing capacitive buttons are expected to go in favor of more screen. As a consequence, the fingerprint reader will likely move to the back of the phone like the Pixel and on LG handsets.
Top-half of OnePlus 5T (2.5t? Ha). pic.twitter.com/pmfhdQSgWQ
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 30, 2017
Pricing is also up in the air. Each generation of OnePlus flagship phone has gotten a little more expensive. The OnePlus 5 was $480-540 depending on storage and RAM. In a posting on Chinese social networking platform Weibo, OnePlus Pete Lau said $600 would be “enough” for the OnePlus 5T. If that means $599 in the US, the 5T will be a harder sell than past OP devices.
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