OnePlus’ first 5G smartphone to launch in the UK by May of 2019
One of the big buzzwords in the latter half of this year has been “5G.” We’ve been hearing about it for a while, but lately, the 5G buzz has picked up steam. Last week, Qualcomm held a conference and there was a lot of talk about 5G phones in 2019. OnePlus will be one of the first with a smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855 and a 5G. That device will launch in the UK by the end of May.
OnePlus was one of the first to announce plans with Qualcomm to launch a 5G smartphone. They later confirmed that the 5G device will not be the OnePlus 7, but it will be announced in early 2019. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated that the 5G model will likely cost $200-300 more, and now he’s saying it “is not expected to equate to huge sales.” But that’s not important to the company at this time. They hope to be ahead of the 5G curve by releasing one of the first devices. Lau says it will allow their “engineers and product development team can receive an early start on how to best develop a premium 5G phone.”
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
Lau went on to say they plan to launch the 5G smartphone by the end of May 2019. As previously announced, UK carrier EE will get the device first. So the UK will be the first region to experience the OnePlus 5G phone. EE’s 5G network will cover 16 UK cities in 2019, including London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and, Manchester. We still don’t know what this OnePlus device will be called. The 5G series will be separate from the OnePlus 6, 6T, 7, etc. Think of it like the OnePlus X, which was a one-off specialty device.