It’s not due for its official unveiling until this Thursday, but here’s an early peek at the 5-month refresh of the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T. That’s it on the left. The photo is from a gallery published by ZDNet’s German office, since taken down. Here’s their explanation, with a little help from Google Translate:
ZDNet.de received a review sample of the OnePlus 5T without being asked. It contained no cover letter—only a review guide was included in the shipment. The editors had no knowledge of an embargo date. An NDA was not agreed in writing or orally.
Late Friday evening two e-mails reached the editorial office with the request to take the article offline, asking for reporting on the OnePlus 5T from November 17th only. The editors have decided to meet this request.
So ZDNet’s gallery is gone, but savvy tech blogs have already saved copies of the photos and re-hosted them—like Android Police, for example.
The big news about the new phone is its new 18:9 screen, 1080 x 2160 pixels @ 401 ppi. Thanks to much smaller bezels (and a fingerprint sensor moved to the back of the device) the display fits into a shell only slightly taller than the current OnePlus 5. Everything else about the 5T seems to be the same; it’s got the same Snapdragon 835 processor, the same 6 or 8 GB of RAM / 64 or 128 GB of storage, the same headphone jack… And unfortunately the review units are still shipping with Android 7.1.1 Nougat rather than Oreo.
Thankfully, the price of the new model is also expected to stay in the range of the current OnePlus 5, which in this age of ultra-premium flagships can only be a good thing.