Confirmed: Next OnePlus will be OnePlus 5T, has a headphone jack

Terry Joseph
November 3, 2017

They tweeted a link to a blog post which explains the OnePlus 5T will be keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack. But the company backed off those efforts since almost 80 percent of its customers use the traditional headphone jack and it wants to provide choice for customers.

It's a fair point to raise as well, considering many rival firms are axing the 3.5mm jack in favour of using the Type-C USB port with specially made headphones.

On its Facebook page, OnePlus posted an image of a stack of its current and previous generation smartphones all showing off their headphone jacks, with a tag line asking: "What do our phones have in common?" So what will OnePlus 5T offer?

OnePlus 5T is rumoured to have dual camera setup just like its predecessor OnePlus 5.

The news comes after earlier this week reported that a leaked presentation slide revealed the OnePlus 5T will be unveiled on November 16. Retailers in the US are said to not have any OnePlus 5 variants available, while the OnePlus 5 gold variant is the only one remaining in the United Kingdom markets.

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As for why the OnePlus 5T will have a headphone jack, the OnePlus CEO says a primary reason is the audio quality. The advantage to this move it that going with USB-C would allow for a thinner device. A leaked image from GizChina indicated the launch date for the 5T.

OnePlus 5 will retain the 3.5 mm headphone jack.

OnePlus looks set to follow the schedule it established past year and introduce an iterative update to its flagship smartphone six months after launch. Pei did that because Lau, in the post detailing the rationale behind the company's decisions, said, "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. True, they could bump up the camera and the screen resolution, but in raw speed, a OnePlus 5T is unlikely to be any faster.

OnePlus 5T is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset along with the Adreno 540 GPU. That's why we prioritise the user and make good technology accessible.

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