OnePlus 5T to cost more than predecessor, skip wireless charging feature

OnePlus 5T leaked render Photo: Evan Blass
OnePlus 5T, the upcoming flagship from the stable of China-based smartphone maker OnePlus, is going to cost more than predecessor OnePlus 5, CEO and co-founder Pete Lau hinted in a tweet. The smartphone will be unveiled on November 16 in New York.

The tweet hinting a higher price for OnePlus 5T than OnePlus5 came after some reports that the company was planning to price the new flagship at the same level as the previous one.

The OnePlus 5T is also going to skip the wireless charging feature, as the company believes its proprietary Dash Charge technology is better. On November 8, OnePlus Global Director and co-founder Carl Pei had shared a blog post explaining why the upcoming flagship was better off without the wireless charging feature.

Cost of smartphone components is rising, but phones are also getting better. OnePlus users will appreciate what's coming.

— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) November 8, 2017
In a previous blog post through the company’s official forum, Pete Lau explained why OnePlus decided to retain the 3.5mm audio jack in its upcoming flagship smartphone. The audio jack and no wireless charging are the only things confirmed about the upcoming device.

According to reports, the OnePlus 5T might sport a 6-inch Optic AMOLED screen in the 18:9 aspect ratio with FHD+ resolution. Just like other smartphones with ultra-wide screens, the OnePlus 5T is reported to sport a fingerprint scanner on the back to allow the phone to accommodate a big screen on the front with small bezels.

Recently, in a photo post uploaded on Twitter by Evan Blass, a famous tipster known for sharing inside information from technology space, the upper front side of the still unconfirmed OnePlus 5T was revealed.

Top-half of OnePlus 5T (2.5t? Ha).

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 30, 2017
Other photo renders of the smartphone revealed chassis similar to the one in OnePlus 5. Even the speaker placement, USB type-C charging and data transfer port, 3.5mm audio jack and bottom mounted speaker may see no change in placement.

The smartphone’s benchmark report on Antutu hints at the specification of the upcoming device. According to the benchmark report, the OnePlus 5T might not see major changes and is reported to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. However, the report also hints that the new phone would sport an upgraded dual camera set-up with 20-megapixel lenses powering both the sensors this time, instead of the 20+16 MP setup in the OnePlus 5. Also, with a 6-inch screen in 18:9 aspect ratio, the resolution will take a bump to FHD+ and the phone will have a bigger battery than its predecessor.


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