News: Don't Even Think About Buying a OnePlus 6 Next Year

Don't Even Think About Buying a OnePlus 6 Next Year

OnePlus just took the wraps off their new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. The phone has an impressive spec list, including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6.01" FHD display at 2160 x 1080, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of storage, 3,300 mAh battery, and the awesome Dash Charging technology. This rapid turnover to a new device has many OnePlus 5 early-adopters angry and feeling duped.

Aside from the new display size and aspect ratio, the specs on the 5T are identical to the OnePlus 5 unveiled less than five months ago. Both phones feature AMOLED display technology, both support the DCI-P3 color gamut, and both will likely feature similar Samsung panels.

In 2018, phones with an extra-tall aspect ratio have become commonplace. The main aesthetic benefit of lengthening the display is that it reduces the top and bottom bezels, making the phone's screen feel more immersive. Considering that the new display is the only significant hardware change, why not include this bezel-less design in the OnePlus 5 to start?

In addition to hardware changes, the 5T features a new facial unlock mechanism that is reportedly lightning fast. Many OnePlus 5 users are wondering if they will ever enjoy the benefit of this new feature through a software update. While I think it is possible the feature may arrive in a future update, these are all concerns that come from releasing two similar phones within a few months of one another.

Panels featuring the 18:9 aspect ratio have been widely available since early-2017 from both Samsung and LG, making these questions from OnePlus fans are well-founded. We scanned Twitter for some response's to OnePlus CEO Carl Pei's tweet, gauging interest in the new 5T flagship, check out the overall reaction below.

@getpeid Cheated again with 5t within months..Bye Bye. Only Pixel..

@getpeid feeling cheated after buying oneplus5. Should hv waited for 5T

@getpeid @oneplus hope you dont ditch us ,one plus 5 owners, regarding pushing out future android updates.

@getpeid Sad , because I got the OnePlus 5 just a month ago.

It's pretty clear that anyone buying the OnePlus 5 feels a bit cheated. The same exact thing happened just over a year ago when OnePlus 3 owners were burned in similar fashion after the 3T was announced a few short months later.

At this point it's also safe to say that I will not recommend the OnePlus 6 to anyone next summer. It doesn't make much sense to recommend a phone in June when a slightly improved version is almost certainly coming a few months later.

Moral of the story? Skip the 6 and wait for the 6T, otherwise you'll be running an outdated phone after only a few months.

While the 5T is an impressive piece of hardware, I'm sorry to say that OnePlus has fooled me for the last time. Let us know in the comments how you feel about a new flagship replacing the "old" one after less than five months. Did you buy a OnePlus 5 and feel cheated by the 5T announcement?

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Well I don't feel cheated as I didn't buy a OP5 but I do feel cheated that OnePlus had a very successful soft launch trial selling the OP5 to Australia but they aren't selling the OP5T here at launch.

They're always screwing over the Aussies!

It's actually advisable to wait for OnePlus 6 as it's going to have Snapdragon 845
OnePlus 5T is one of the last devices running SD835

I think I'd just wait for the 6T, because then I'll get whatever other feature they leave off the 6, plus the SD 845.

Fool me once shame on you.
Fool me twice shame on me.

Lesson learned personally with the OP3

It's a no win situation because by time the 6T comes out it will be using in effect , last of that year's technology with the new line of upgrades to Samsung and the likes only months away.

PS back to Nexus/Pixel for me since the 3/3T nonsense

I've always skipped the T as the T usually is just a little update and the major updates come with the number change.

anyone feeling "cheated" probably got cheated on the IQ at birth. The OnePlus phones are so cheap that it's a no brainer to buy the upgrade, and either sell the previous version, or just hand it off to your kiddos like I do. Complaining about upgrading "too frequently" is just STUPID.

$500 isn't exactly cheap for the average person. It's great if it is easy for you, but that's far from the norm.

So the people who buy the 5 feel cheated by the 5T, the people who buy the 5T will feel cheated by the 6, the people who buy the 6 feel cheated by the 6T etc. So really, on that argument you could say "don't even think about buying a OnePlus ever, because there will be a better one along in 6 months."

I still have a OnePlus 2 which has served me well for the past 2 years (and I used to be a frequent upgrader so this is a long time to have a phone for me). I didn't feel cheated when the 3, 3T, 5 or 5T came out because my 2 still does exactly what I bought it to do. In that time, my screen size requirement hasn't changed, just because a bigger one is available. My processor requirements haven't changed, just because there's a faster one available, I can still run all the apps I use just fine. My camera still takes good photos.

So personally I'll be happy with whatever's available when I next buy a phone (and that will probably be the 5T). So, the 6 might be marginally faster and might have a slightly better camera and might have a feature that nobody knows about to solve a problem that I didn't know I had. But I'll know that when I come to buy another phone in 18 months or 2 years time that I'll have the latest innovation at that time.

I won't get too much into the cost issue, but in terms of what you get for your money I'd say it represents good value. The only way OnePlus can innovate and grow is to charge a fair whack for their devices. And for those people for whom $500 is not cheap, there are cheaper options available. Second-hand OnePlus 2, anybody?

For me, like Jamie S, I'd rather OnePlus sorted out their manufacturing and supply chain so we can buy the 5T in Australia. Stop dicking us around, either launch here or don't. It's gone from soft launch to hard stop!

It would be nice to see them sell it on a wider scale. Personally I'd always prefer to buy the T release since it has the same processor of that year plus some extra features. Obviously of you really need a phone when the One plus 6 comes out it would be a OK buy, but waiting 4-5 months isn't hard for most people I'd imagine.

That doesn't really make sense though - if you're waiting for the T-release because it's the same processor with some extra features, why wouldn't you buy the main (non-T) release with a BETTER processor and extra features? I don't think that there's an argument either way... upgrade on a yearly cycle and stick with either the main or the T release version. And don't buy both :-)

The T to regular is a longer cycle, 7 months vs 5. I want the newest phone for the absolute longer amount of time!

3 and 5 were both June so a full year between main updates... 3T and 5T were both November so also a year between T updates. We're assuming 6 and 6T are going to be June and November of course! :)

Snapdragon 845 is releasing early in Dec 2018, and Galaxy S9 might be announce during MWC in February 2018 - with probable launch in March 2018.

Assuming OnePlus is launched 2 months after Galaxy, OnePlus 6 might launch in May 2018

I don't understand the argument. You're saying you somehow get less for your money because they came out with an upgraded model after a few months? Would your phone have been better if they didn't release a new one? There are new phones coming out every week. The question is if your phone will be obsolete in a year or two, and in the case of OP that's probably not the case. You'll see official updates and custom ROMs for many years to come and the hardware will most likely still be better than midrange phones in a few years.

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