OnePlus updates its phones every six months with a T version – the OnePlus 3T, 5T and 6T have been proof of that. But earlier this year the company released two phones in the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, so now the six-month upgrade is a little less clear.
We reported that potentially the OnePlus 7 Pro would not get an upgrade because it’s such a good phone, instead leaving the upgrade for the usual November OnePlus event to a OnePlus 7T. But since then there was a leak of a OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition (however sketchy that was) and now OnLeaks and Compareraja have run a story claiming both the 7 models will get a T version a month earlier than usual at a 10 October event.
Other than potentially launching a month earlier than usual, this leaves a few questions.
The OnePlus 7 Pro was the first OnePlus phone we gave a five-star review to, so what could the company possibly add just five months after it came out? The report suggests hardly anything, with potentially just a Snapdragon 855 Plus instead of an 855 and some new camera software like a dedicated macro mode.
The scant upgrades detailed in the report shows that either this leak is a load of rubbish, or that OnePlus has hit a ceiling of phone innovation. If the 7T and 7T Pro really do launch but with no design changes, a tiny processor upgrade and maybe some new colours, it’ll show the flaws in its twice-yearly release strategy.
OnePlus shook things up by releasing two phones in May, but it may have doubled the difficulty in attracting buyers for its T updates.