There’s been an expectation that we’d be seeing the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8T Pro later this year, in line with the company’s previous release schedule. A new rumour suggests this is not the case.
It was almost taken as a given that OnePlus would be releasing an 8T Pro this year in the same way that a OnePlus 7T Pro was released last year. However, a known leaker has revealed the “Pro” variant actually doesn’t even exist.
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The unexpected news comes courtesy of MaxJmb. While the 8T Pro connection may not be immediately obvious, we’ll break it down for you:
So, it’s fairly common knowledge that the 8T had the delightful codename “kebab” and, therefore, viewers of this tweet assumed MaxJmB was referring to the “Pro” variant, which he later confirmed:
While the move is quite a surprise, it likely makes a lot of sense. We’ve already heard the OnePlus 8T is expected to up the ante and come with a 120Hz panel – so, we aren’t quite sure what major upgrades a “Pro” model could add to entice users at a higher price point.
However, OnePlus hasn’t announced this move and, therefore, has offered no insight into its decision making. The company recently released its mid-range OnePlus Nord – whose additional production requirements could also offer a potential reason for the absence of the 8T Pro.
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Even without a Pro model, the 8T is looking like a phone that could be worth getting very excited for – potentially combining a 120Hz panel with the Snapdragon 865+ and a reworked camera setup. While OnePlus has improved its camera over recent years, the OnePlus 8 drew criticism for its lacklustre macro camera and the OnePlus 8 Pro for its weird colour filter mode – making a rethink a welcome change.