This one has been in the rumor mill for years, but we started seeing credible/plausible rumors about 18 months ago.
According to one Vietnamese customer of ours that got a very quick look at one, will have “new very high-quality screen tech” and will be priced “significantly below Samsungs’ S Tabs”
It’s also pen enabled “the stylo” according to Engadget though the actual pen tech is still unknown.
It also has the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip set which is an upper tier performer though it doesn’t compete with the SnapDragon 8CX gen series.
OnePlus has been aggressive in their pricing especially with “new” devices, so it’s bears watching. The customer I mentioned has soft committed to purchasing some, so we likely will be testing it for them.
The 7:5 aspect ratio is unique as far as I can tell and there is only one OEM producing such a panel and the only information they have is “coming soon”
Interesting straddle. I don’t NEED a large format Android tablet, and the OS software issues w/ Android are still a YUGE PITA. When I’m EOL with the Duo Deux, I’m not sure I want the hassle of keeping up with Android.
It wasn’t in the engadget article and I forget where I actually read it, but the display was supposedly specifically designed for a “digital moleskin” type of application based on a common type of personal notebook used by secondary school age students in China
Considering they mention 2ms response time, I bet the stylus will be art-grade. It looks pretty interesting — I feel like the nib will surely be something you insert rather than screw on, as it appears to be about half the size of the Apple Pencil nib but the whole stylus is obviously going for that same school of design.
I wish I could wait for it to come out to try it, but I think I’m already set for the Galaxy ecosystem.
The other thing is, even though the screen and orientation are really cool, I gather from the photos that it is just too small for me, even though I really do get into that spunky little sketchbook feel. I just need the big beefy widescreen Tab Ultras at the end of the day.
I admit, I’m intrigued by the aspect ratio and the potential for a new contender in pen tech. It’s been some weeks and pricing was supposed to be announced in “weeks”. Anyone heard anything on pricing yet?
Direct 5G data access from your phone that bypasses the hotspot? I wonder how they’ll get that past the cellular companies here in the US. They make a lot of money charging high prices for meager data allowances on their hotspots.
I haven’t gotten a 100% confirmed answer from OnePlus, but the initial response I got makes me think it to be a OnePlus customized version of the software that Samsung uses for their S phones and Tabs (which they license from a 3rd party). And sadly it may only be 100% functional with OnePlus phones.
TLDR It’s not any software/hardware that would eliminate the need for a phone with hotspot functionality
PS: We have a customer that has committed to trialing these when they actually release, so we will be putting them through our certification tests.
PPS: I can’t find it now since I don’t recall where I read it, but there was some talk of a 5G enabled version specifically for the US market, and likely a T-mobile exclusive