OnePlus recently announced a new handset, the OnePlus 5T, only five months after the release of the OnePlus 5. Now, the company also states that the original model, which launched back in June will be discontinued. Basically, this means that the life of the OnePlus 5 was quite a short one, lasting for only 5 months. The new star of the show is the OnePlus 5T, and it seems that it can’t stand any competition coming from the same company. This move is not necessarily a surprise, as the Chinese company did the same with the OnePlus 3 once it released the 3T, as an upgrade over the original model.
The OnePlus 5T doesn’t bring along any major changes power-wise, but it does feature a new, full-screen design. Also, the display got a boost and is now better than it was in the case of the OnePlus 5. On paper, the camera setup seems to be almost the same in the two handsets, however, OnePlus promises that the cameras of the new model perform better in low-light conditions. Apart from these, nothing else seems to have changed. The OnePlus 5T runs the same version of Android out of the box as its predecessor did, even though the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are already receiving the OxygenOS 5.0 upgrade these days.
Other smartphone manufacturers also release more than one flagship device in one year. Even so, they don’t immediately discontinue the existing models, instead, they sell them simultaneously for several years, usually. The release of the OnePlus 5T this soon after the launch of the OnePlus 5, with a similar price tag, definitely made a lot of fans angry. Many of them would have waited for the OnePlus 5T instead, had they known that it will launch so soon. Last year, the company stated that the release of the T model was a one-time thing, and OnePlus fans believed it, so they opted for the newer OnePlus 5 this year, not knowing that history will repeat itself so soon.
According to OnePlus, the initial batch of the OnePlus 5 will soon be sold out, and this is why they are going to discontinue the model. It’s enough to have one competitive flagship on the market, there is no use in having several models. This might be true, but still, OnePlus fans are not really excited about these changes.