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OnePlus officially announces OnePlus 7T, available Oct. 18 for $599

The Chinese phone-maker launches its third phone of the year after the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7.

OnePlus' 7T is now official. 

OnePlus, the Chinese phone-maker known for its high-end devices that cost notably less than its Android or iOS counterparts, announced its second US flagship phone of 2019 in an event on YouTube Thursday. Known as the OnePlus 7T, it marks the company's third phone of the year and belongs in the same family as the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7, which isn't available in the US. 

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The 7T features a 6.55-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate and an optical fingerprint sensor underneath. Three rear cameras are centered around a 48-megapixel main shooter with a 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens and 12-megapixel 2x telephoto on board as well, similar to the 7 Pro (the 7T's telephoto is actually slightly sharper than the 7 Pro's 8-megapixel sensor). As with last year's 6T, there's a teardrop cutout atop the display for the 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor is under the hood to power Android 10, while a new Warp Charge 30T promises to fully charge the phone within an hour. There is still, however, no wireless charging or official IP-rated water resistance. 

As with the 6T and non-5G 7 Pro, the device will be sold exclusively by T-Mobile in the US on Oct. 18, though Verizon and AT&T users can buy an unlocked version from OnePlus' website. Pricing will be $599 for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Since 2014, when the company launched its first OnePlus One, OnePlus has garnered a reputation for making phones with premium specs at wallet-friendly prices. And while every year the price of OnePlus phones keep rising (compared to other brands, OnePlus has one of the highest increases in cost from model to model), the OnePlus 7T is actually cheaper than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which starts at $669.