What’s the T’s about?

So, as the launch of OnePlus 9 series comes closer, I want to talk about the 6 month refresh cycle of OnePlus. Every year OnePlus launches their flagships in the month of March-April and then the ‘T’ version of it in October-November. Let’s talk about, what does the ‘T’ mean?

There has been some reports saying the ‘T’ is answer to Apple’s ‘S’, as T comes after S, therefore better than S and 6 month refresh cycle is there because Carl Pei said that he couldn’t wait for a whole year to show people the next innovation in OnePlus devices. Does it makes sense, though? Well, it gives customers the choice to buy the latest flagship and not leave them in the middle ground as the last phone is 6 month old and next is 6 month away and its good for profit, Samsung released 23 smartphones last year, granted they were not flagships but the Galaxy A51 was best selling android phone and 2nd best selling phone overall.

Now, for some cons. The March flagships and the T flagships both come with different software, OnePlus is proud as they’re the first brand, after Google, to ship the next android generation out-of-the-box and the march flagships follow but for some reason the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro still hasn’t got Android 11 update(as of writing this). I talked to some people when the OnePlus 7T Pro was announced and everyone’s reaction was “I feel cheated” as it just a upgrade in the chipset and it was “latest”.

Thankfully, OnePlus didn’t announce any 8T Pro, they said because the 8 Pro was so good, it didn’t need a upgrade. Now, does it makes sense to buy the T? I personally would take the March flagship as it is the major upgrade from the last gen while the T has some minor upgrades, like the 8T got faster charging and 120hz instead of 90hz on standard 8. I still need to see the software support for the Ts because my cousin owns a OnePlus 5T and OnePlus killed the connection after Android 10 but the newer Ts are getting the new android gen out-of-the-box.

It would be interesting to see how this plays out and OnePlus is teasing the heck out of the Hasselblad partnership, so that’s also something to lookout for. I’ll be covering the OnePlus 9 series, so stay tuned for that.

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