It's now looking certain that a new OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro are imminent, arriving within the next couple of months. The image at the top of this article appeared on Weibo, allegedly showing OnePlus 7T from all angles. Other live shots have also surfaced online, and are detailed below.
For the past few years OnePlus has offered biannual updates to its flagship phone - a move that has previously angered some fans, especially when they've only just purchased the current model, but it does ensure the company's flagship stays relevant with the latest hardware inside.
In May 2019 we saw a slight variation in OnePlus' usual way of doing things, with not one but three new models: the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. This might have led some to assume that there would not be a follow-up 'T' model later in the year, as has previously been the case.
However, while the Pro and 5G models were significant upgrades over the OnePlus 6T, the standard OnePlus 7 was not, attractive as an upgrade only to those with pre-2018 OnePlus phones, and unlikely to persuade anyone to make the jump from the 6T.
As such, we will likely still see OnePlus unveil a 7T in late-October/early-November, and the chances are there could be a Pro upgrade, too. Indeed, recently leaked photos (shown below, via Weibo and Slashleaks) allegedly reveal exactly that model if they are to be trusted.
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What's new in OnePlus 7T?
Don't expect everything you currently get in the Pro model to filter down to the OnePlus 7T. The 90Hz display and pop-up selfie camera, for example, are likely to remain Pro features.
You should think of the 'T' upgrades simply as refinements over the current models - we won't see any shocking new features, nor revolutionary design changes.
Leaked images allegedly of OnePlus 7T Pro reveal a design very similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro, though with more prominent speaker grilles.
In both phones we may see a processor bump, from the Snapdragon 855 to the 855 Plus, which will also reportedly feature in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but 5G will still require a separate modem.
We'd also like to see wireless charging implemented, with OnePlus one of the last phone makers to take the plunge here. And for it to provide an official IP rating in terms of waterproofing.
There has been some talk of OnePlus utilising Oppo technology that places the camera under the screen and visible only when required, but having only just implemented the pop-up selfie camera in the Pro we feel this is a feature more likely to arrive in the 2020 OnePlus 8.
Another feature for which we could be waiting for the OnePlus 8 is a 64Mp camera, but the fact we know rival Xiaomi is intending to launch just such a model that uses Samsung's ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor later this year could be enough to push it forward.
Oxygen OS will be updated to Android 10 Q, though it's unclear whether this will happen before or after the 7T launch. You won't need to buy a new OnePlus phone in order to receive this update in any case, but with OnePlus 7T you will be able to enjoy its new innovation, security and privacy features much sooner (OnePlus owners are already able to implement one of the more exciting new features, a system-wide Dark Mode).
As always we're beginning to see concept renders appear of the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro on YouTube, and one of the earliest is from Science & Knowledge. It is based on rumours rather than facts, and may not be indicative of the phone's final design or specification. We've used a screenshot from the video to illustrate this article.
An interesting potential design feature is displayed in this video, however - a Samsung-esque punch-hole selfie camera cutout. Could we be about to see OnePlus drop the waterdrop notch on its non-Pro model? It also mentions a 5,000mAh battery, of course, which is huge, so take it all with a big pinch of salt.
When is the OnePlus 7T coming out?
For the past three years OnePlus has favoured a late-October/early-November launch for its 'T' update, so we expect to see a similar time frame in 2019.
Rumours have been circulating that OnePlus 7T will launch on 15 October, though a source confirmed to Tech Radar that it won't be this exact date.
How much will OnePlus 7T cost?
It's not going to be a huge upgrade, so don't expect major - if any - variation on pricing over the current models. OnePlus currently lists the OnePlus 7 from £499, OnePlus 7 Pro from £649, while the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is sold exclusively through EE on various contracts.