That's the hope with the OnePlus 5T, at least. Much like last year's OnePlus 3T, the company is on the verge of debuting an enhanced version, which rumours and leaks suggest will pack in some bonus perks to help it keep pace with the competition.
And that could mean an extra-tall 18:9 screen above all, with some other prospective tweaks in the mix and a lot of the OnePlus 5's DNA still intact. Curious what the rumour mill's churning out right about now? Here's everything we've heard about the OnePlus 5T so far.
When will the OnePlus 5T be out?
It was originally rumoured for mid-November, and then OnePlus went ahead and announced a big reveal event for the date. If you'll recall, the OnePlus 3T was released on 15 November last year, and it too followed the June release of the original OnePlus 3. Looks like this is the new OnePlus routine.
They're even selling public tickets to the event, presuming you'll be in New York and want to spend US$40 to be one of the first to see a sort-of-new smartphone in person.
OnePlus 5 owners might be frustrated at the prospect of a speedy replacement, but it's happening whether you like it or not! We'll see what OnePlus is cooking up on the 16th.
How much will the OnePlus 5T cost?
The OnePlus 5 debuted with the company's highest price point to date, £449 - still modest compared to other flagships, but certainly a step up from previous models. Given that, we worried that the OnePlus 5T might bump up to £499 or higher.
But according to TechRadar, that won't be the case. They report seeing some confidential documentation from O2 that claims the enhanced OnePlus 5T will start at the very same £449 price point for the 64GB storage + 6GB RAM model, and £499 for the bulked-up 128GB storage + 128GB storage. If true, it'll essentially just replace its predecessor with a better version at the same price.
If TechRadar's reporting pans out, this is essentially the dream scenario: OnePlus will issue a refreshed, slightly upgraded phone without tacking anything extra onto the price. That's what we hoped for once the 5T rumours started flaring up, and we think it's the way to go.
Bumping up to £499 or higher for the base model would be dangerous territory for the OnePlus 5T, since that puts it much closer to top-end flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S8, for example, can be found for about £525 – and that's our favourite phone in the world right now. But at £449, there would still be enough of a pricing edge to the OnePlus 5T to keep it plenty worthwhile.
What will the OnePlus 5T look like?
Thanks to leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), we have a clearer view of what to expect beyond the previous leaked render (seen earlier). And it sure looks like a bezel-lite OnePlus 5 at a glance.
Now the screen takes up most of the face, much like the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2 XL, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and other top Androids of today. That seems to be the big shift here: the move to an 18:9 screen that dominates the front of the phone.
What about the fingerprint sensor? Well, we don't know yet – it's not on the front anymore, as that Android Authority render suggested, so it'll either be on the back in a Pixel-like fashion, or it'll be M.I.A. in an iPhone X-like fashion. We suspect the former, but time will tell here.
Nearly every other smartphone company seems to be going towards taller screens, and it makes sense that the OnePlus 5T would follow suit. Expect a modified version of the OnePlus 5's design here.
What about the OnePlus 5T's screen?
Extra-tall is the order of the day – or this year, to be more precise. Rumours suggest that OnePlus will put an 18:9 display on the OnePlus 5T, expanding out from the standard 16:9 screen seen on the OnePlus 5.
Leaks suggest that it'll be a 6in AMOLED display, but given the extra height, it ought to still be about as wide as the 5.5in 16:9 screen on the OnePlus 5. Don't expect a resolution bump, though: OnePlus is all about 1080p, and this one's pegged to come in at 2160x1080.
Sounds right to us. Skipping Quad HD panels helps OnePlus keep its phone prices lower than some other flagship competitors, and we don't expect that to change in this generation, at least.
How much power will the OnePlus 5T pack?
Rumours point to a similar setup in the OnePlus 5T as we saw in the OnePlus 5, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 onboard. That's still top-end for Android phones, as you'll find it in the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as well.
Based on our experience with the standard OnePlus 5, it ought to be blazingly fast, handling multitasking, games, apps, and media without breaking a sweat.
The leaked specs show a staggering 8GB RAM within, which is the same as the pricier OnePlus 5 model, but it's unclear whether there will be a cheaper base model with 6GB as well. That's still a ton of RAM for a smartphone, if so.
With the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL sticking to the Snapdragon 835, it doesn't look like there's going to be any half-level enhancement (like the Snapdragon 821 to the 820) this year. And that's fine, because the 835 is plenty capable, especially with an insane 8GB RAM alongside.
What kind of cameras will the OnePlus 5T have?
The OnePlus 5 shipped with a dual-camera setup, featuring a 16-megapixel main sensor (f/1.7) and a secondary 20MP sensor (f/2.6), but the OnePlus 5T might usher in a slight upgrade.
The purported benchmark test we've seen suggests dual 20-megapixel snappers on the back this time around, which we can't imagine making a huge difference at this point – but it looks better on paper, we suppose. If true, that'd deliver huge raw pixel counts while delivering surely sharp detail, vivid colours and cool portrait-style dual-camera tricks.
Honestly, we don't see the point in bumping the megapixel count aside from seeming more impressive on the spec sheet. We'll have to wait and see, but we wouldn't be surprised if we get pretty much the same camera setup from the OnePlus 5.
Is there anything else I should know about the OnePlus 5T?
The leaked specs suggest 128GB internal storage for the OnePlus 5T, whereas the OnePlus 5 (shown) offered 64GB in the base model and 128GB in the pricier version. We don't know yet whether that'll be the case here, as well.
Sadly, we're not expecting a microSD card slot here, which was also missing in the OnePlus 5.
And we haven't heard anything yet about the size of the battery, although with a larger screen, we should see some kind of bump from the 3,300mAh pack in the OnePlus 5. Last year, the OnePlus 3T jumped up to 3,400mAh from the 3,000mAh OnePlus 3.
We do know that the OnePlus 5T won't make the move to wireless charging: CEO Pete Lau wrote a post saying that they've considered the technology, but just think the wired Dash Charge works better. Quite likely, it's also a matter of cost: adding wireless charging wouldn't help keep phone prices under the competition.
Finally, the OnePlus 5T will keep the headphone port - that's confirmed via an official blog post, which was definitely one of the weirdest ways that we've ever seen to announce a major smartphone. Check out the first glimpse of that above.
It's speculation at this point, but a modest battery boost to offset the larger screen makes sense, while storage should be about the same as the OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5T will be all about refinement and light enhancement, rather than making any serious upgrades.