OnePlus 6T has been around since late last year and naturally, talk of the 2019 OnePlus flagship, tentatively known as OnePlus 7, is already taking shape.
Over the past few years, the Chinese company has adopted a release schedule that gives us one flagship in H1 and another in H2 of every year. Last year had OnePlus 6 launched in May 2018 and OnePlus 6T in October 2018. This year, we are looking at OnePlus 7 launching somewhere in May and OnePlus 7T towards the end of the year.
OnePlus 7 pop-up selfie camera
Enthusiastic fans will know how close Oppo and OnePlus are. For the uninitiated, the latter is basically owned by the former and hence they share the same supply chain. This resource-sharing has seen them release phones that resemble a lot on the outside but differ on the inside.
The Oppo F7 shared its design cues with the OnePlus 6 and later the Oppo F9 did the same with the 6T. Now that the Oppo F11 is here, we are likely looking at the design of the upcoming OnePlus 7. The most interesting part is the selfie pop-up camera that does away with the notch, which has also popped up in a recent OnePlus 7 leak.
Whether the trending 48MP camera lens will make it to the 6T successor is still unknown, but what looks certain is a tri-lens camera array. Of course, the in-display fingerprint scanner that debuted on the 6T should keep its place on the 7.
One of the first 5G smartphones
OnePlus will launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. At some point, this device was thought of as the OnePlus 7, but the company has since revealed that it won’t be the case. Of course, the OnePlus 5G phone is said to resemble the 7, but OnePlus has yet to pick a name for this highly anticipated handset.
Unfortunately, those who hoped to get their hands on a OnePlus 5G smartphone in the U.S. this year might have to wait a little longer. The company says it still wants to drive awareness campaigns across the OnePlus community before coming up with a 5G device for the U.S. market, which makes sense.
So far, 5G network coverage is still wanting and in fact, most carriers are promising a Q2 rollout and beyond. Given that OnePlus 7 is expected to begin selling at a time when coverage across the U.S. will still be poor, it’s probably a wise decision by OnePlus.
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OnePlus 7 specs
There isn’t much out here with respect to potential OnePlus 7 specs. But of course, as we have come to know the company, expect the device to be big in terms of performance specs. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is the next flagship processor and although Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has just given us a 10GB RAM variant, we still can’t be sure if OnePlus 7 will get a similar variant.
It is likely that the OnePlus 7 will keep a significant chunk of the OnePlus 6T design language that features a miniature notch, but its likely to get more camera lenses, either on the front or the back. Its the current trend, you know! With a lot still in the dark, you may want to check out what this OnePlus 7 concept.
Related: Check out this OnePlus 7 concept
OnePlus 7 release date
As noted earlier, OnePlus has been releasing two smartphones per year since 2015. The first in the first half of the year and another in the second half of the year. That is expected to be the case with respect to OnePlus 7 (and 7T), but the specific date is still unknown. Perhaps by looking at past OnePlus launches may give us a hint of when to expect the 6T successor.
|OnePlus One||23 April 2014|
|OnePlus 2||28 July 2015|
|OnePlus X||29 October 2015|
|OnePlus 3||14 June 2016|
|OnePlus 3T||15 November 2016|
|OnePlus 5||20 June 2017|
|OnePlus 5T||16 November 2017|
|OnePlus 6||16 May 2018|
|OnePlus 6T||29 October 2018|
|OnePlus 7||May 2019 (?)|
Based on the table above, it is safe to assume that OnePlus 7 will be launched in the first half of the year, probably in May 2019.
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