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OnePlus 7T Pro: release date, price, news and leaks

OnePlus 7T Pro: release date, price, news and leaks
The OnePlus 7T Pro is the next flagship phone that we expect to see from OnePlus, and it's expected to come by the end of 2019 and bring improvements to the already impressive OnePlus 7 Pro.

The company is also expected to release a more affordable OnePlus 7T model alongside the Pro as well. This regular 7T version is said to be an upgrade over the current OnePlus 7 version, and will bring more power and new functionalities, while abstaining from adding premium features like the 90-hertz refresh rate of the Pro model.

We should also note that information presented here about the next OnePlus phones is preliminary and based on leaks and rumors, so the final models might end up looking a bit different than what's described. With this in mind, here is what we expect to see.

OnePlus 7T Pro: under-screen camera? 

OnePlus is part of a big family of China-based phone makers, and its sister company Oppo is heavily invested in a brand new type of phones that come with a camera under the screen. Yes, this means no moving parts like on the OnePlus 7 Pro while still keeping that edge-to-edge screen with almost no bezel.

Oppo has warned that the first generation of such front cameras will have a slightly lesser performance than a traditional selfie camera, though.

As we have seen in the past, OnePlus is readily adopting Oppo technology and our bet is that it will be among the first to get an under-the-screen front camera too.

5G is on

Carriers in the United States and all across the globe are rolling out their first 5G networks and while current coverage is very limited, we expect it to improve a lot by the end of the year.

That is why we expect OnePlus to offer a 5G model of the new T series that will be compatible with carriers across the globe.

The big issue with 5G is that it currently requires a separate modem and antennas, all of which take extra space and make a device much bigger and bulkier. This is the reason why we expect 5G functionality only on the OnePlus 7T Pro model, but not on the regular 7T.

Focus on new software features

The OnePlus 7 Pro brought a brand new design with that edge-to-edge look and pop-up camera, and it also marked the arrival of the Snapdragon 855 chip, a brand new piece of silicon that gave big performance benefits over earlier models.

The OnePlus 7T Pro, on the other hand, is expected to largely retain the edge-to-edge design and it is expected to ship with the same Snapdragon 855 processor, so our expectations are that OnePlus will focus on new software features and optimizations to the experience. Our bet is on an improved camera algorithm, adding the missing Digital Wellbeing functionality, as well as features around the upcoming...

Android Q!

By the time the OnePlus 7T Pro launches, we will already have the first devices running on the latest Android Q version.

However, judging by our current experience, OnePlus will not launch its new T series of phones with Android Q on board, but will instead deliver that update a few months after the release.

Android Q brings a few welcome improvements including a brand new gesture navigation system, smart replies, a dark mode and a lot more that you can read about in our Android Q feature round-up here.

OnePlus TV

The company chief executive Pete Lau has earlier said that OnePlus is taking a step towards a brand new category: the OnePlus TV, and recent rumors say that the TV will launch by the end of the year. So far, expectations are for a TV that uses an LCD panel, and while it may not match the very best from Samsung and LG in terms of picture quality, it is focused on revolutionizing the interface and making interactions and the transition between your phone and TV much easier.

We expect the new TV to focus on three key areas: quality hardware, a seamless user experience and a minimalist design. Naturally, we also expect it to integrate tightly with OnePlus phones, but we also do expect it to play nice with other devices as well.

OnePlus 7T Pro Release Date

In the past few years, OnePlus has been releasing a T model in the fall that brings improvements, but is not a radical overhaul of its spring launch.

As many other phone makers, OnePlus has worked out a schedule that it follow pretty accurately every year. Just take a look at when it released the past few T series phones:

  • OnePlus 6T was announced on October 29th, released on November 1st, 2018
  • OnePlus 5T was announced on November 16th, released on November 21st, 2017
  • OnePlus 3T was announced on November 15th, released on November 22nd, 2016

As you can see, with the most recent 6T launch, OnePlus has moved the release of the T series a bit earlier and the release date is now set just a couple of days after the official announcement. We expect OnePlus to follow the same pattern with the OnePlus 7T Pro and the OnePlus 7T, so here are our expected announcement and launch dates:

  • OnePlus 7T Pro expected announcement on October 29th (Tuesday), launch date set for November 1st (Friday), 2019

OnePlus 7T Pro Price

Another interesting trend that we have observed with OnePlus phones is their slow, but steady growth in price. This has not stopped OnePlus from being one of the leading companies when it comes to a price to performance ratio, as rivals charge a lot more.

So what will be the price of the OnePlus 7T Pro?

  • OnePlus 5T: $500 for 64GB, $560 for 128GB
  • OnePlus 6: $530 for 6GB/64GB, $580 for 8/128, $630 for 8/256
  • OnePlus 6T: $550 for 6/128GB, $580 for 8/128GB, $630 for 8/256GB
  • OnePlus 7: from 550 euro (not available in the US)
  • OnePlus 7 Pro: $670 for 6/128GB, $700 for 8/256GB, $750 for 12/256GB
  • OnePlus 7T: $550 for base model
  • OnePlus 7T Pro: $700 for base model

We expect the starting price of the OnePlus 7T Pro to remain around $700 for the base model, and we also do expect a regular OnePlus 7T model that would retail for slightly more than $500 to please that core OnePlus audience accustomed to those lower price points. No big changes in this regard.

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