The arrival of the OnePlus 5T has left many people wondering just what the company is going to do with the OnePlus 5. Well, it seems the phone isn’t long for this world as the brand is planning to discontinue it the moment stock runs out.
This is pretty much the same thing that happened with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, so it’s not too big of a surprise. OnePlus India’s General Manager Vikas Aggarwal confirmed the OnePlus 5’s demise in an interview with the Indian Express, explaining that as a brand, it wanted to make sure that it had 1 device which was the latest in the market.
OnePlus is a smaller company than most Chinese OEMs, so it would make sense for it to focus on just 1 product at a time rather than maintaining multiple production lines. Still, the OnePlus 5T has blindsided many OnePlus 5 owners who are now angry that the firm released a newer model so soon.
Aggarwal tried to explain OnePlus’ thinking, pointing out that many manufacturers launch a new version of a handset within a few months. He sees the OnePlus 5T as another variant and not a new model entirely; hence the same price. In the 6 months since the OnePlus 5 came out, there have been many devices which offer similar/better specs.
Therefore, OnePlus feels that it needed to make sure its phones could compete with the current flagships available. It’s not planning to venture into the mid-range market sector anytime soon, preferring to stick to the high-end side of things. The firm’s apparently doing pretty well in India, commanding two-thirds of the premium online segment.
You can buy the OnePlus 5 via the brand’s site or Amazon India. The OnePlus 5T’s first sale is happening at 4:30 pm today via the same outlets.