The OnePlus 7T Pro release date is nearly here – we're expecting the handset to launch tomorrow, at which point we'll probably find out how much it will cost and when we'll be able to get our hands on it.
Specifically, OnePlus is holding an even on October 10 and we're expecting the OnePlus 7T Pro to be the star of the show. The Pro handset hasn't been explicitly confirmed for the event, but we know there will be something besides the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus TV, and the company has described the 7T range as a series, suggesting one or more other handsets are coming.
The OnePlus 7T and TV both launched at an India event on September 26, but we haven't heard anything official about the OnePlus 7T Pro - the expected successor to the OnePlus 7 Pro released earlier this year.
Update: It's looking ever more likely that the OnePlus 7T Pro will land on October 10, and in a new, lighter blue than seen in the 7 Pro. Plus, we've seen leaked images of an unannounced OnePlus handset - though it's probably the OnePlus 8.
- Read our full OnePlus 7T review
To be clear, OnePlus hasn't actually confirmed the existence of the OnePlus 7T Pro at all, enough leaks and rumors have surfaced to suggest it's real, and could be shown off at the October 10 event.
With that in mind, we've collected everything we know about the OnePlus 7T Pro so far, as well as what we'd predict, to try and paint a picture of the device before its upcoming release.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The latest OnePlus Pro smartphone
- When is it out? Likely October 10
- How much will it cost? Probably more than $669 / £649 (roughly AU$1,000)
OnePlus 7T Pro release date and price
We expect the OnePlus 7T Pro to launch at the aforementioned October 10 event, though we don't know which regions it will be released in - and when. We also don't know what it will cost.
In true OnePlus style, it could become available about a week after the event, and if the OnePlus 7 launch is anything to go by there could be significant queues to pick one up.
Some stores in the US have stopped selling the OnePlus 7 Pro, which suggests the improved device is coming soon. OnePlus has also teased that we'll see the OnePlus 7T 'series' on October 10, strongly suggesting that more than one handset will be shown off - so the Pro is very likely.
The OnePlus 7T Pro price is a mystery so far - especially since the regular OnePlus 7T, which launched in India on September 26, hasn't even gotten a worldwide release date. We don't even know the exact OnePlus 7T price in most regions save for the US (however the OnePlus 7 didn't launch there) and India. In the latter, the 7T is a little more expensive, so we could see the 7T Pro increase in price a tiny bit.
The OnePlus 7 Pro launched for $669 / £649 (roughly AU$1,000) for its most affordable model, and we could see this increase to $700+ / £700+ (around AU$1,300) for an improved model, depending on just how different it is.
OnePlus 7T Pro leaks and rumors
If you're looking forward to a totally new, novel OnePlus 7T Pro, there's a bit of bad news: it looks like the smartphone could be a very minor upgrade over the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Leaked renders of the OnePlus 7T Pro show a smartphone that isn't visibly different to the non-T phone in any way. In fact, not one, not two, but three image leaks suggest the phone is identical in terms of design.
The screen is set to be 6.67 inches, with the 7 Pro's 90Hz refresh rate, but there's now a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, which is an improvement on the 7 Pro's 855, in that it's better optimized for gaming. It may, however, come in a new lighter blue hue than we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro, according to a leak shared in a tweet by Samsung_News:
Further hints that not much has changed come from the 'OnePlus 7T Series' teaser image above, which shows the outline of a phone that looks a lot like the OnePlus 7 Pro.
We have seen leaked renders of an unannounced OnePlus phone with more substantial changes - most notably a punch-hole camera, as you can see below, but this is said to be the OnePlus 8, set to launch in 2020.
If the OnePlus 7T Pro seems a disappointing upgrade from the 7 Pro, US people might be the most disappointed. While phone fans there couldn't pick up the OnePlus 7, we've heard the OnePlus 7T Pro won't launch in the States either, so the OnePlus 2019 portfolio in the US only consists of two phones.
That's it, in terms of leaks, so there's a lot we don't know. We don't know the OnePlus 7T Pro camera specs, price, improvements from the 7 Pro and a lot more. Let's hope that's because it's such an exciting secret that OnePlus has made sure to keep it tightly under wraps, and not because the smartphone is a truly minuscule step up from the 7 Pro.
We'll likely know more on October 10, when OnePlus hosts its global product launch to bring its new hardware – probably the OnePlus 7T Pro – to the world.
What we want to see
The OnePlus 7 Pro was an impressive phone, but it could be even better with these upgrades.
1. A class-leading camera
While the OnePlus 7 Pro has a decent camera, it's not among the best around, and given that the OnePlus 7 Pro is essentially a flagship, it’s not unrealistic to ask for it to have a truly top camera.
So we hope that the OnePlus 7T Pro does. We’d particularly like to see low-light photo quality improved, along with the ability to zoom in further.
2. An IP rating
While OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 7 range does have some water resistance, there’s no official IP rating, meaning no certainty as to how water resistant the phones are.
The lack of an IP rating was apparently to save money – since it costs money to get the phones certified, and since even with such a certification most brands don’t cover water damage as part of the warranty.
It’s a reasonable argument, but for the OnePlus 7T Pro we’d still like the reassurance that an IP rating provides, and ideally improved water resistance too, since various third-party tests suggest the OnePlus 7 range isn’t quite as water resistant as most flagships.
3. An in-screen camera
The standard OnePlus 7T has a teardrop notch for its front-facing camera, which almost feels dated in 2019. The OnePlus 7 Pro meanwhile has a pop-up camera, which is more modern and allows for an all-screen design, but also makes the camera feel more vulnerable.
Not only that, it also makes facial recognition less appealing, since you have to wait for the camera to pop up, and since doing that dozens of times a day to unlock your phone could wear the mechanism out.
So for the OnePlus 7T Pro we’d love to see an in-screen camera. That would allow the phone to retain the OnePlus 7 Pro’s all-screen design, without any of the problems that come with a pop-up camera.
We should note that this is unlikely to happen. While the tech exists, it’s not yet available on any handsets, and with the T model likely to be a minor upgrade we wouldn’t particularly expect it, but you never know.
4. Wireless charging
One small feature that OnePlus hasn’t yet embraced is wireless charging. This probably isn’t a huge deal for most people, but it is a standard flagship feature, so it’s something we’d like to see, especially with the OnePlus 7 Pro being more of a real flagship, rather than the usual more affordable alternatives that OnePlus offers.
5. A slimmer, lighter, smaller build
The OnePlus 7 Pro in particular is a big, heavy and fairly thick thing, so we’d love to see the OnePlus 7T Pro get shrunk down slightly, and be a bit lighter.
There will be limits to what can be done here while still offering a big screen and battery, but we reckon that refinements are possible. And the screen doesn’t really need to be quite as big as the OnePlus 7 Pro’s mammoth 6.67-inch one anyway.