There might not be a OnePlus 8T Pro this year
The OnePlus hype train has departed the station once again with the destination set to the OnePlus 8T launch event. In the last few days, we’ve seen a partial spec sheet of the device as well as what the front of the phone will look thanks to a leaked render. We expect the phone will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus, a 6.55-inch 120Hz OLED display, 48MP quad camera setup, and Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 out of the box. We also learned that the company could be planning to announce its first smartwatch, which could be called the OnePlus Watch. But there’s been a distinct lack of leaks for the OnePlus 8T Pro model. There’s no mention of such a device even in OnePlus’s OxygenOS 11 firmware, where the 8T render was found. It turns out, there might not be an 8T Pro model at all.
We raised this possibility last week in our article about the leaked 8T spec sheet. We mentioned that, while we had found plenty of evidence for a OnePlus 8T “kebab” model with a “kebabt” (likely U.S. T-Mobile) variant, we couldn’t find any references to other “kebab” variants, most notably “kebabp” or “kebab2.” The latter two would be indicative of the existence of a “Pro” model as is customary with OnePlus’s code-name naming scheme.
Known leaker Max J took to Twitter today corroborating that there won’t be a “kebab2”. Then, he replied to someone confirming that he was indeed talking about the lack of a OnePlus 8T Pro model. Add this to the fact that we haven’t really seen any leaks for a Pro model yet, and everything starts to make more sense. While you can still attribute the lack of leaks for a Pro model to the possibility that nothing has simply been discovered yet, the odds are looking quite grim as our own digging has shown, the proximity to the launch date, and Max J’s stellar track record on OnePlus leaks.
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) September 7, 2020
Last year’s OnePlus 7T Pro seemed like “more of the same” to Adam, as he noted in his review. It was pretty much the same phone as the OnePlus 7 Pro, with very few improvements. The OnePlus 7T, though, was the real star of the show as a marked upgrade over the OnePlus 7. It is possible that the same situation would’ve happened with an OnePlus 8T Pro, which is perhaps why the company may have scrapped it. The McLaren partnership also ended a few months back, so if the 8T Pro did indeed see the light of day, there wouldn’t be a McLaren edition of it.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is already an excellent device in a lot of regards, though. So if you really need the extras that come with a Pro model, you might consider looking at that instead. After all, the OnePlus 7T Pro shared 95% of its DNA with the OnePlus 7 Pro, so you wouldn’t really be missing out on a lot.