OnePlus posted a video last month teasing the launch of a new product where random people were seen experiencing the product placed inside the mystery box. The video was intended to build hype for upcoming Sandstone finish OnePlus 5T with people describing the product as “smooth,” “textured,” “sand,” “stone,” and even something as clear as original OnePlus One Sandstone. Also Read - OnePlus 8T after a month: Still among the fastest but mind the bugsAlso Read - Toshiba Ultimate 4K TV Review (50U5050)
While the video claimed that the mystery will unbox in January 2018, an image posted by the company on Weibo reveals the smartphone will launch on January 5. The image says “Three days left” on top while the launch date is mentioned at the bottom. The image sheds further light on the launch of Sandstone finish variant with the message “The classic returns.” Also Read - OnePlus Buds Z review: The new favorite at Rs 3,000
If that is not enough to suggest the incoming sandstone variant of OnePlus 5T, the company has printed a big Chinese symbol at the center that translates to “stone.” The invite color suggests the phone might be sandstone white but it is too early to predict what OnePlus actually has in store.
The sandstone back finish was one of the trademark features of OnePlus smartphones when the company launched original OnePlus One in 2014 and its successor OnePlus 2 in 2015. But the company dropped the textured finish with the launch of OnePlus 3 last year and offered sandstone covers in its online store instead.
OnePlus 5T is currently available in Midnight Black and Star Wars Limited Edition models. The smartphone is also available in Lava Red color but the variant is limited to Chinese market. The launch of sandstone finish variant will be the fourth addition to OnePlus 5T and it will please its fans who have been asking the company to resurrect sandstone finish on its smartphones. The smartphone will pack the same internals with 6-inch Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 835 chipset and might be offered only in 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage model.
OnePlus is also said to be planning to launch the Lava Red variant of OnePlus 5T in India. Reports suggest that OnePlus 5T Lava Red variant will launch in India on January 26. According to IDC, OnePlus has managed to beat Samsung and Apple to become the leader in India’s premium smartphone segment and the launch of new variants should help the company stay competitive as its peers launch new products in the coming months.