OnePlus CEO Pete Lau had recently confirmed that a 5G phone was in works that is due to launch end of this year. While we barely got time to digest that news, we’ve got our hands on a new set of leaks. Thanks to well-known leaker Evan Blass who published design sketches showing off the back of a possible OnePlus 7T phone featuring a large, round camera cutout, corroborating earlier leaks.
A radical design change
Since OnePlus is likely to launch one more device by the end of the year, the device we are looking at could very much be the OnePlus 7T. But we lack the context to say it with 100 per cent surety. We also aren’t sure what the three different types of fill on the camera cutout are meant to indicate in these sketches. But previous leaks have also shown a line that cuts the circle in half horizontally, containing what appears to be a camera flash module.
From the sketches, it isn’t clear if the designs have changed since those leaks. But apart from this, we have details that are pretty straightforward. The position of the power button and alert slider in the leaked sketches just about matches what we’ve seen from other recent OnePlus devices such as the 7 Pro. The bottom edge also shows similar cutouts of SIM card slot and speaker as they are on the 7 Pro. OnePlus’ subtle horizon line styling, which places a very slight curve to the top and bottom edges, is also just barely visible.
So far, the T variants have usually been less about exterior changes and more of upgrading the internals from the previous non-T variant. If these leaks are true, it will be surprising to see OnePlus make such radical design changes going from the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro to the 7T.
We will still have to wait and see if these are in fact sketches of the OnePlus 7T. There is no information available at this stage that indicates that this phone/prototype is still in development and not scrapped, or otherwise.