OnePlus 5T was launched this month, and everyone started talking about OnePlus’ weird strategy of launching two flagship devices in the same year when it’s just been a few months for the previous flagship. OnePlus 5 launched back in June this year, and just after four months, we have the OnePlus 5T. What’s more? Well, it is priced the same as 5 and this disappointed almost every user who has bought the OnePlus 5. Last year, when the OnePlus 3T was launched, the company discontinued the OnePlus 3 once the stock ran out. Today, the General Manager of OnePlus India, Vikas Aggarwal, said that the company is going to discontinue the OnePlus 5 once the remaining stock runs out. He said –
If you look at our previous phone, the OnePlus 3T the last batch was sold out during Diwali and now the product will be discontinued. The same goes for the OnePlus 5, which will also be sold out in sometime, and we’ll have only one product – OnePlus 5T – in the market.
The company knows this fact pretty well that a lot of users will be disappointed with this step by the company. Talking about this, Vikas added –
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 in the market. Since then many phones have come which are offering similar, if not better specifications. So as a company which focuses on premium segment, we need to make sure our phones compete with the current available flagships in the market. The OnePlus 5T will do just that, and given this is an extension of the current product line, there was no need for us to raise the price.
Well, one thing that you might have understood after the launch of OnePlus 5T is that if you are going to buy a OnePlus flagship anytime, wait for the ‘T’ variant as the previous flagship device will be replaced by its upgraded variant in just a few months and most importantly, in the same year. What are your thoughts on this step by the company? Do let us know via the comments section.