OnePlus Announces the Limited Edition OnePlus 5T Sandstone White
OnePlus has an interesting history when it comes to phone colors and finishes. The company launched the OnePlus One with a Sandstone back cover that received acclaim for its uniquely grippy texture. With the OnePlus 2, the company released a variant in Sandstone even as it moved to a metal frame. OnePlus retired the Sandstone finish with the OnePlus 3, which came in Graphite (and later Soft Gold) and featured an aluminum unibody with a smooth anodized finish, and it stuck with aluminum for the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5, and the Midnight Black OnePlus 5T.
But December marked the return of Sandstone in the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition. It launched in India, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden in Sandstone White, but didn’t come to the U.S., U.K., and other international markets right away, which left some Sandstone fans disappointed. Today, though, OnePlus brought their one-of-a-kind finish to the rest of the world with the limited edition OnePlus 5T Sandstone White.
The Sandstone White OnePlus 5T combines OnePlus’s Sandstone texture with a white pigment reminiscent of the Silk White OnePlus One. The red-accented alert slider on the Star Wars Edition also makes a return.
OnePlus detailed the construction process in a press release ahead of Thursday’s announcement. It achieved the alert slider’s red shade with aluminum alloy polishing and an anode technology, and the company claims it spent months fine-tuning the Sandstone finish.
It should be noted that it’s impossible to make white anodized aluminum. OnePlus explained that the company’s engineers used four “high-precision” processes. The first involves applying a primer to safeguard the metal body, and the second uses a combination of spraying and baking each applied color temperature layer to ensure that the white tones remain balanced and natural. (It has the added effect of shielding the bottom layer aluminum alloy.)
After the color temperature layer is applied, it’s time for the third step: covering the surface of the second layer with a blend of natural minerals and white oil paint that create a blend of white and gray tones, and that texture its surface with OnePlus’s signature Sandstone feel. In the fourth and final stage, the company uses an ultraviolet (UV) layer to refine the texture of the device and ensure hardness and durability.
The Sandstone White model’s high-precision and low-yield processes take a total of 75 minutes per phone, according to OnePlus, and make the body of the OnePlus 5T Sandstone White the most expensive it’s ever produced.
The limited edition OnePlus 5T Sandstone White will come in a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, matching the specifications of the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition. It’ll go on sale on January 9 at 10 AM ET / 10 AM GMT / 10 AM CET on OnePlus.net for £499 in the UK, €559 in the rest of Europe, and $559 in the US.
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