On November 16, OnePlus took the wraps off its latest smartphone at an event held in New York. Apart from revealing all of the new features
, price, and release date
of the OnePlus 5T
, the company also announced that the new device will arrive with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
The news might have surprised some, as many expected that the flagship would be running an OxygenOS version based on Android Oreo. Still, OnePlus might have a valid reason for taking its time. The Chinese phone maker stated that the 5T and its predecessor, the OnePlus 5
, are nearly identical in terms of software. After all, both handsets sport the same Snapdragon 835 chipset, meaning that the two will likely get paired for future software releases, much like the OnePlus 3
So, when can owners of the two 2017 models expect to receive Oreo? According to the company, the first official build will go live in “early 2018”. Still, those of you itching to install the eighth major version of Android earlier would be able to test it through an open beta. The program will kick off in late November for the OnePlus 5, while the OnePlus 5T will have to wait until late December.
OnePlus has ambitions of becoming one of the first OEMs to offer Android 8.0 to its customers, yet it might face stiff competition. Sony has already released two flagships that run Oreo out of the box, while Samsung
, and other manufacturers are also busy with preparing the software for some of their smartphone models.