A report from the previous month had claimed that the 5G smartphone from OnePlus arriving next year won’t be the successor of the OnePlus 6T. In other words, the OnePlus 7 won’t be launching as the first 5G phone from the company. During Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2018 event in Hawaii, OnePlus CEO and founder Carl Pei confirmed that it will be the first company to launch a 5G smartphone. It indicates that the unnamed OnePlus 5G phone will be fueled by Snapdragon 855. The first market to receive the smartphone will be Europe.
— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) December 5, 2018
Through a tweet, Pei has confirmed that the company’s strategic partnership with EE carrier in the U.K and Qualcomm will result in the launch of the first 5G device in Europe. Recent reports have claimed that the 5G phone from the company will belong to a new lineup. Since it will be fueled by Snapdragon 855, it will be featuring the X50 LTE modem for 5G connectivity.
We are taking the next step in our journey to the top of the global flagship market! OnePlus and @EE will join forces to deliver a #5G ready flagship in early 2019. https://t.co/NYppNZ6nYF #SnapdragonSummit pic.twitter.com/bXo0hulRmo
— OnePlus (@oneplus) December 5, 2018
Through an official tweet, OnePlus has confirmed that it 5G ready smartphone will be announced in early 2019. It is being speculated that the OnePlus 5g phone may debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech expo in February. Three months ago, OnePlus confirmed that it would be announcing something on Jan. 15, 2019. Probably, the Chinese manufacturer will unleash the OnePlus 5G phone on the said date.
In an interview with The Verge, Pei claimed that the OnePlus 5G phone will be costing $200 or $300 more than the OnePlus 6T smartphone. The reason why OnePlus is launching the 5G phone early is that it wants its engineers to work on the nuances of 5G which will assist in launching 5G phones in future.
The 5G network of EE will be available cross 19 cities. The OnePlus 5G phone will deliver slower 5G speeds through sub-6 spectrum used by EE, but it will be available in wider markets. The 5G connectivity offered by EE will be slower than the speedier 5G network from AT&T and Verizon. After arriving in the Europe, the OnePlus 5G phone may land in the U.S. through the aforementioned carriers.