OnePlus 5T will have to wait until next year for Android Oreo

On November 16, OnePlus took the wraps off its latest smartphone at an event held in New York. Apart from revealing all of the new features, price, and release date of the OnePlus 5T, the company also announced that the new device will arrive with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The news might have surprised some, as many expected that the flagship would be running an OxygenOS version based on Android Oreo. Still, OnePlus might have a valid reason for taking its time. The Chinese phone maker stated that the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5, are nearly identical in terms of software. After all, both handsets sport the same Snapdragon 835 chipset, meaning that the two will likely get paired for future software releases, much like the OnePlus 3 and 3T.

So, when can owners of the two 2017 models expect to receive Oreo? According to the company, the first official build will go live in "early 2018". Still, those of you itching to install the eighth major version of Android earlier would be able to test it through an open beta. The program will kick off in late November for the OnePlus 5, while the OnePlus 5T will have to wait until late December. 

OnePlus has ambitions of becoming one of the first OEMs to offer Android 8.0 to its customers, yet it might face stiff competition. Sony has already released two flagships that run Oreo out of the box, while SamsungNokia, and other manufacturers are also busy with preparing the software for some of their smartphone models.

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  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

So delaying year over year. They delivered nougat to OP3 on 31st December 2016. Oreo got announced earlier this year than nougat in 2016, and yet Oneplus can't deliver Oreo in 2018. Not to mention that no Oreo out of the box means that the OP 5T doesn't support Project Treble, which means the it will just get the usual 1 year of updates. Android P and game over.

3. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

"and yet Oneplus can't deliver Oreo in 2018" How much crack you smoked today?

8. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Come on man, don't tell that you didn't have a typo ever.

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

To be clear, you mean to write... "and yet Oneplus can't deliver Oreo in 2017"? I don't think waiting 6 weeks for 2018 to arrive is so terrible. I got the impression from your post that you think Oreo is over a year away.

10. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yeah. The point is not about the 6 weeks, it's about: A. Delaying the update year over year while it should be improving. B. Coming out on nougat will make the phone lack Project treble support. C. They can claim that the OP5T got 2 major updates next year after android P and the official support will end in just 1 year, which is horrible. Just for perspective, 5T will be updated to android Oreo and then P, while the pixel 2 will get android P, Q and R. That's 2 years of additional support!

2. Alter

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

That is seriously disappointing. Launching with Oreo would be ideal but they won't even release it until next year. Lame.

4. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

My OP5 is good for sale. No more Chinese.

5. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

This is why Android sucks. If they provide timely updates to all devices(irrespective of the manufacturer) then it would have beaten iOS to death in every possible aspect.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1537; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Android/Google does provide updates. It's up to the OEMs to distribute it. Keep up.

13. cocoy

Posts: 460; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

It's business, of you provide update for 4-5 years many customers will not be forced to upgrade every 2 years. No upgrade no sales and profit. Where do you expect these investors will get their money to pay for the salary of its employees? That's the very reason why Apple and Google charge more margin to their phones because they have 4 years of support and software updates.

14. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Google is a crappy company. FYI Google doesn't provide 4 years of software updates. It's 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security updates. So collectively they claim to support the device for 3 years.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1537; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I, for one, could care less. Nougat runs all the same apps, OnePlus 5T will perform better than any other Android phone and 7.1.1 is stable. I'll take that over a dozen new Emoji.

11. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

My Oneplus 3 is running Oreo beta and I would never switch back to Nougat. The battery life gains as well as autocomplete APIs are amazing. There's the option to snooze notifications, PiP, and notification dots along with long pressing icon to access them is amazing. It's these small features that make your life a bit easier.

12. swarai

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

We will have this phone running on oreo before the year ends! - Developer Community

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