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OnePlus 5T is happening confirms co-founder Pete Lau, will sport 3.5mm audio jack

By The Mobile 360 on November 2, 2017
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After endless leaks, rumours and specification regarding to the upcoming OnePlus 5T, the successor of the OnePlus 5 smartphone today the company has officially confirmed the existence of the OnePlus 5T smartphone.

Pete Lau, CEO, OnePlus, officially confirmed the news in a post published in the OnePlus forums.

“In the past, we’ve made some jokes on this subject, but today I wanted to dig deeper into our decision to keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Whether it’s in the area of hardware or software, our focus is on producing superior product experiences. Every feature, removed or added, is based on our understanding of user needs. For the time being, we think it’s best to stick with the headphone jack. Here’s why.

First, audio quality. When we surveyed the OnePlus community, 70% of users told us that their priority was sound quality. On the whole, wireless earbuds aren’t there yet to provide the same quality of audio. Are the best wireless headphones comparable to the best of the wired? That’s possible. But as you get closer to the under $200 category, the options are more limited. Keeping the headphone jack allows our users to continue to take full advantage of the excellent range of audio choices on the market. Not to mention our own Bullet V2 earphones. ;)

Second, user freedom. Nearly 80% of our users use in-jack headphones. At one point, we thought about using another USB-C port to replace the 3.5 mm audio port. The advantage to USB-C is that it would have let us further slim down our flagships. However, the question we asked ourselves was whether replacing the 3.5 mm jack with a USB-C port would bring a noticeably improved experience for our users. In other words, is it worth the trade off? And our assessment was no, this design decision was not worth taking away our users’ freedom to use their favorite earphones and accessories.

Don’t get me wrong. Wireless audio technology has a lot of potential. And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice. But our goal from the beginning has been to bring better technology to the world. That’s why we prioritize the user and make good technology accessible. Sometimes, industry trends go against our core beliefs. This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we’re keeping the headphone jack for the OnePlus 5T – and confident that our product decisions for our upcoming device will offer the best flagship experience possible.”

The company yesterday tweeted an teaser picture which pointed that the upcoming OnePlus 5T is also assembled with an 3.5mm audio jack, just like its other siblings. it was followed by another teaser which further confirmed the device.

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The OnePlus 5T is expected to feature a 6-inch (2160 x 1080p) Bezel-less Display with a taller 18:9 aspect ratio, which is the current trend. the device will be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and will be available in 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant.

The major difference between OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will be on the design front, the OnePlus 5T comes with a bezel-less display. the device will also be the first device from the company to not feature navigation and home button making pave to sport bezel-less display. the fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear just below the camera module.

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