In 2016, the OnePlus 3T arrived as an upgrade for the OnePlus 3 that was launched six months earlier. OnePlus introduced the new model with the same design but tweaked specifications. The same was expected in 2017 for the OnePlus 5, but it doesn’t look like a OnePlus 5T is in the works anymore.
OnePlus, according to Android Marvel, will skip releasing a OnePlus 5T in order to focus on the OnePlus 6 for 2018.
The possibility of a OnePlus 5T being released has been greatly reduced by the lack of a new processor on the market. Flagships introduced in the first half of 2017 have the Snapdragon 835, and Qualcomm hasn’t expressed interest in creating something new for the rest of the year.
Companies like Samsung and LG have been forced to reuse the Snapdragon 835. It won’t be until 2018 when Qualcomm releases a new high-end processor the next round of flagships.
OnePlus, due to its smaller structure, would like to avoid reusing an existing processor. Last year’s improvements for the OnePlus 3T included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 6GB of RAM, a 3400mAh battery, and a 16MP front-facing camera. It wasn’t a major upgrade; however, the phone still offered a better value than its predecessor. If the OnePlus 5T was to be released, OnePlus would need to tout performance improvements but can’t if the same processor is used.
Although there won’t be a new phone from OnePlus soon, the cancelation of the OnePlus 5T might move up the release date of the OnePlus 6. There could be a desire by the company to place its 2018 flagship right up against the competition. OnePlus has a very loyal fanbase, meaning the hype generated might be able to steal just a bit of thunder from Samsung.
Fortunately, it’s fine to use a mobile phone. In fact, although only 16 percent of Palestinian households have Internet access, 81 percent have a cell phone, according to a 2009 United Nations report. Salameh was thus able to sign up for a text message–based job-matching program sponsored by a service called Souktel. She posted a “mini-resume,” browsed for suitable jobs via text messages, and then interviewed in person after an appointment was set. On September 22nd, she started a data-entry job with the German aid agency GTZ.
Although the job does not take advantage of her training in physical therapy, “this is better than staying at home,” she says through a translator, “and I think that I am gaining new experiences to be a useful woman in my community.” Without mobile phones, says Souktel co-founder Jacob Korenblum, a lot of the approximately 750 women worldwide who have work through the program would still be unemployed.
Mobile technology was available to Salameh, but that’s often not the case for women. A 2010 report by London-based telecom industry advocacy group GSMA (for Groupe Speciale Mobile Association) and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women found a “mobile gender gap” in low- and middle-income countries: women are 21 percent less likely than men to own a mobile phone. The rate is highest in Asia, at 37 percent. Once they get phones women nearly uniformly report feeling safer, more connected and more independent. Nearly half say the phones help increase income and professional opportunities.
So, in October GSMA launched the “mWomen Program,” with support from Cherie Blair and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (“mWomen” is for mobile women). The goal is to half the number of women in the developing world who lack mobile phones within three years by putting phones in the hands of another 150 million women.