The OnePlus 5T Android flagship is set to be released in late November, known industry insider Evan Blass said on Wednesday, citing two sources with knowledge of the matter. Blass didn’t specifically reference the name of the upcoming model but claims it’s set to ship with a screen featuring an aspect ratio of 18:9, i.e. 2:1, which corresponds with previous rumors and leaks pertaining to the OnePlus 5T, a supposedly drastic visual revision of the OnePlus 5 which the Chinese original equipment manufacturer launched in June. One “reliable” source cited by Blass said that the Android-powered handset is due to be released after November 20th. With the BBK Electronics-owned phone maker usually avoiding weekend product events and presuming that the newly uncovered information is accurate, it’s likely that the OnePlus 5T is to be introduced between the 23rd and 27th of November.
The handset itself is expected to see the Chinese company adopt an aesthetic that’s been pursued by numerous OEMs over the course of this year, with the OnePlus 5T being said to feature a relatively bezel-less design and a screen with a tall image format that should make the smartphone slimmer than traditional phablets like its direct predecessor. Despite a visual upgrade, the OnePlus 5T is only said to be a small step forward in terms of image fidelity as its screen will reportedly feature an FHD+ resolution of 2,160 by 1,080 pixels and have a 6-inch diagonal. If OnePlus is to finally deliver a device with a QHD panel, such a product won’t materialize before 2018 and the OnePlus 6, industry sources previously suggested.
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The OnePlus 5T should be largely identical to its predecessor in terms of raw hardware power, especially seeing how Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC used in the company’s first 2017 device is still the best widely available mobile chip on the market. The handset is expected to ship in two memory configurations, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, and another variant with double the flash memory and 8GB of RAM, just like it was the case with the OnePlus 5. If the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based firm is truly planning to introduce a new mobile offering in late November, it will likely start sending out invites to its product launch event in the coming days.