Since word leaked out earlier this month that OnePlus was working on a OnePlus 5T to be released sometime around November, a mere five months after the launch of the OnePlus 5, there has been quite a bit of back and forth on the Internet regarding the probability that the rumors were true. Even Evan Blass was siding with the camp that thought it could not be accurate and made no sense. Blass has reversed course now and says his sources have confirmed the OnePlus 5T is in the works.
The world of Internet rumors is one that is constantly shifting, especially when it comes to technology. It is a bit odd to see a reversal take place in the space of about an hour, but that is what has occurred in the case of Blass. This all seemed to have started with an opinion piece that came out on October 23rd on why the OnePlus 5T was not actually heading to market. Since then, sources discovered an inadvertent listing for the OnePlus 5T, since taken down, on the OppoMart web site. Back to Blass who tweeted agreement with the opinion piece regarding the likelihood of the OnePlus 5T, he came back a mere hour later and posted that he had to “take this back” referring to his concurrence as he had received word from someone he trusts saying OnePlus is “indeed working on an 18:9 model for end of November release.”
I take this back. Just heard from someone I consider reliable that they are indeed working on an 18:9 model for end of November release. https://t.co/8pc7Z51Xli
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 25, 2017
As far as the information that seems to have leaked out in this latest situation, it appears the earlier rumor of a 6.0-inch device with a bezel-less design and an 18:9 aspect ratio were accurate. One change that does appear to be in the works is that OnePlus may be upgrading the display to be a Quad HD resolution instead of normal full HD. With the implementation of a full display on the front, it does appear a front-facing fingerprint scanner may be gone, apparently shifted to the back of the device according to the OppoMart page. Otherwise, it seems many people are hung up on the 3.5mm audio jack and whether it is present.
While the pre-order page was up on the OppoMart site, the price for the OnePlus 5T was listed at $499. That puts it $20 more than the current OnePlus 5 with the primary difference being the implementation of a bigger screen consistent with current industry trends.