OnePlus seems to be gearing up to launch the OnePlus 5T by the end of 2017. Unlike the incremental upgrade from the OnePlus 3 to 3T in 2016, this year’s OnePlus 5T might see a huge departure from the design language that OnePlus devices have followed. New renders leaked by SlashLeaks show minimal bezels and a tall display on the OnePlus 5T. Releasing the OnePlus 5T will solidify OnePlus’ launch pattern it is trying to set in the market, as it released the 3T a few months after the OnePlus 3 was launched in mid-2016.
The edges are curved and the bezels remind us of the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is not a bad thing, because the Galaxy S8 is one of the best looking devices of 2017. This might open doors for a comparison between the two phones, just like the OnePlus 5 was compared with the iPhone 7 Plus when it was launched. It seems like OnePlus will have to do something drastically different to avoid a yet another comparison for its flagship device.
The new phone is expected to have a 6 inch 2160 x 1080 px display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. When the OnePlus 5 was launched, one of the major criticism it faced was the thick bezels around the display, especially after it was dubbed as the “flagship killer.” OnePlus is trying to rectify that criticism by reducing the size of the bezels on the OnePlus 5T. The hardware will remain the same, just like it was when the OnePlus 3T was launched.
There have been reports that the Slate Grey variant of the OnePlus 5 has gone out of stock in several regions including the UK, which it claims indicates that OnePlus is indeed looking at launching the new model.