OnePlus Developing 5G Smartphone For Next Year

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Pete Lau says that the new OnePlus phone might be among the world's first to feature 5G connectivity.

Even major smartphone producers like Apple and Huawei are said to be working on 5G-ready devices to take advantage of the next-gen technology. Currently, their devices work well on AT&T and T-Mobile but they may also be considering partnering with more since they're using common Qualcomm chipsets anyway. As carriers in the USA has started working to rollout the 5G support until next year.

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus believes that if you create enough hype about a device and you release it in limited quantities, people will come buying. The company also chose London as the hub for the global unveiling of its latest handset, the OnePlus 6.

The news, which is reported on by PhoneArena, relays comments made by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau at Mobile World Congress Shanghai that the company was already "working with United States carriers" as it plans to launch a 5G smartphone next year. Yes we have all that other cool stuff 5G is good for, but most of that won't arrive for a while.

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Though buying phones unlocked is common practice around the world, it's still a rarity in the U.S., where most people purchase devices via carrier subsidies. But like other China-based smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus still has to fully capture the USA market, and a good partnership with telecommunication companies in the country is a good way to do it.

However, Lau does promise a "burdenless" experience with a commitment to no bloatware. The firm plancherait after the man on a compatible smartphone, which will be presented next year.

Meanwhile, OnePlus will release the 256GB storage variant of the OnePlus 6 in India on July 10. Of course, it remains to be seen if this is indeed the 5G phone that Pete Lau was talking about.