As you might expect, we're already hearing chatter about a OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, both of which we're expecting to see in a matter of weeks.
What should you expect from the half-year revision? Here's what we've heard so far.
(Concept renders via OnLeaks/Pricebaba)
When will the OnePlus 7T be out?
We saw the OnePlus 6T in October last year, and rumours suggest another October launch for the OnePlus 7T. No big surprises there.
Leaker Max J. from AllAboutSamsung suggests that OnePlus will pull out a launch in India on 26 September before a 10 October launch in Europe and the United States, with an on-sale date of 15 October.
We're skeptical of the idea of putting two weeks between an Indian and international launch event, because… well, what's the point? Anything shown at the Indian event would be on the internet immediately.
OnePlus has confirmed the launch of a smart TV on September, so perhaps the company will tease something at that event. Otherwise, we expect that any launch events for the OnePlus 7T will happen more or less simultaneously around the world.
October sounds spot-on to us.
How much will the OnePlus 7T cost?
We haven't heard any solid rumours about the OnePlus 7T's price just yet, but if we had to guess, it shouldn't vary much – if at all – from the OnePlus 7.
The standard OnePlus 7 starts at ₹32,999 while the Pro weighs starts at ₹48,999, and both of those prices sound ideal barring some kind of significant enhancements. We'll have to wait and see on that front; more rumours and leaks are sure to come closer to the launch.
We don't expect any big price moves, given the quick turnaround in timeframe and likely modest feature enhancements.
What will the OnePlus 7T look like?
While a great phone overall, the standard OnePlus 7 was a bit boring given that it was essentially a cut-and-paste job from the OnePlus 6T. We wouldn't mind seeing OnePlus spice things up a bit, whether via a pop-up camera like the 7 Pro or maybe a hole-punch camera instead of a notch. We expect to see something new.
The OnLeaks/Pricebaba-marked concept renders on this page (based on leaked information) spotlight a OnePlus 7 that looks identical from the front, but at least the back takes on a different design. And it's one that adds extra functionality, as you might've noticed. More on that later.
Meanwhile, purported leaked photos on this page come from Slashleaks, and claim to show the OnePlus 7T Pro inside the kind of protective casing we tend to see from pre-release test phones. Of course, it looks completely identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro, so… either it's the OnePlus 7 Pro, or we truly aren't seeing major changes to the 7T Pro design.
OnLeaks/91Mobiles concept renders below give a better look at what to expect from the OnePlus 7T Pro, based on leaked specs... and yes, so far it looks identical. The model on the left is a mockup of a rumoured McLaren Edition, which would feature a carbon fibre backing and is sure to cost more.
If the concept renders hold true, the OnePlus 7T will bring some tweaks while the 7T Pro... seemingly won't.
What about the OnePlus 7T's screen?
There's no real reason to shake up the screens this time around. The OnePlus 7 Pro already has one of the absolute best displays on the market, thanks to its pairing of QHD+ clarity and the stunning 90Hz refresh rate.
The standard FHD+ OnePlus 7 screen isn't as impressive, but it's still great for a "budget flagship," and one of the best in that price range. However, leaker Max J. from Samsung News suggests that OnePlus may bump the size up to 6.55in - and bring 90Hz to the OnePlus 7T. It would still be at 1080p, but even so, that sounds like a big boost.
With some screen tweaks in tow, the OnePlus 7T could be a lot more appealing than its predecessor.
How much power will the OnePlus 7T pack?
Both OnePlus 7 models packed the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip, then the latest and greatest in Qualcomm's flagship line… but now there's a better chip about to drop.
The Snapdragon 855+ is, as you might deduce, a slightly upgraded version of the previous edition. We fully expect to see it in the OnePlus 7T, although we don't anticipate that it will make much of a difference at all in everyday usage. After all, both OnePlus 7 models are already super speedy. Leaks are starting to point to the Snapdragon 855+, and we definitely think it's coming.
We have no doubt that the Snapdragon 855+ will be in the OnePlus 7T.
What kind of cameras will the OnePlus 7T have?
As the OnLeaks concept renders show, the OnePlus 7T is reported to bump up from two back cameras to three. That may see the inclusion of an ultra-wide or telephoto sensor to augment the current 48MP/5MP pairing on the standard OnePlus 7.
We're not expecting much in the way of change from the OnePlus 7T Pro, to be honest. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a very good triple-camera setup as it is, even if it can't quite reach the peaks of other, pricier flagship phones. But that's probably just the way it is when it comes to a "budget" premium flagship - even one as brilliant as the OnePlus 7 Pro.
If the OnePlus 7T gets a third camera, then the Pro model needs some kind of boost too, right? Hopefully?
Is there anything else I should know about the OnePlus 7T?
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company will release another 5G phone by the end of 2019. If we had to bet, we're guessing that's a OnePlus 7T model.
Of course, only the OnePlus 7 Pro got a 5G model the first time around, but we're hoping that OnePlus sees fit to extend that next-gen cellular compatibility to the cheaper model as well the next time around. We're keeping fingers crossed on that one.
Leaks from Max J. point to a 3,800mAh battery pack on the OnePlus 7T and 4,085mAh on the OnePlus 7T Pro. Both tallies are just a smidge larger than those of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro models, respectively.
Given how short the OnePlus product cycles are, we fully expect the leak flow to pick up rapidly in the coming weeks. Stay tuned ahead of the expected launch this autumn.