The OnePlus 5T is just a 5-day old device and it has still not hit store shelves across global markets like India, the US and EU. That will change as the phone will go on sale tomorrow. But with OnePlus launching a bezel-less phone just 5 months after its predecessor, what will be the fate of the OnePlus 5 now?
Well, it will be phased out like the OnePlus 3T. Specifically speaking we are talking about the Indian market here. OnePlus local General Manager, Vikas Agarwal was quizzed on the subject by The Indian Express. He said that the phone will be allowed to go out of stock, after which it will be unavailable. The company has already stopped manufacturing the OnePlus 5. Usually, OnePlus discontinues its older phones in the run-up to a new launch, but India remains an exception to that rule.
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Agarwal cited the example of the OnePlus 3T which sold out in this Diwali season. Now it will no longer be available to purchase. Similarly, the OnePlus 5 will keep selling util there is stock. As soon as the stock is depleted, the phone will be phased out.
The official was also asked about the short five-month gap between the two releases this year. As many OnePlus 5 buyers felt let down by the launch of the OnePlus 5T. He replied:
“Yes, some fans and users will be disappointed. See ideally we would like to make everyone happy, but that’s not possible. Six months back OnePlus 5 was the best possible device on the market. Since then many phones have come which are offering similar, if not better specifications. So as a company which focuses on the premium segment, we need to make sure our phones compete with the currently available flagships in the market. The OnePlus 5T will do just that.”
While the 18:9 aspect ratio display is here to stay, there are still people who prefer the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio. This info is likely to be good news for them. The OnePlus 3T didn’t go out of stock until this year, and the OnePlus 5 won’t disappear overnight either.