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OnePlus eyeing USA expansion, 5G phone for 2019

OnePlus eyeing USA expansion, 5G phone for 2019”

In an interview with PCMag, CEO Pete Lau said that the company is working on bringing OnePlus phones to United States carriers next year in time for the widespread roll-out 5G. The company wouldn't commit to a support timeframe for its devices, which made investing $400-500 in one of its devices a bit of a gamble. Thus, after a OnePlus 6T that should be introduced in the second half of 2018, we expect the company's first high-end handsets of 2019 to be called OnePlus 7. However, 5G will expectedly roll out quicker in markets such as Europe and North America than in India, and OnePlus will likely want to have its devices ready for this well in advance. The rumor mill is now silent on its existence, but what seems certain about next year's OnePlus 7 is that it could be one of the first 5G smartphones to debut in 2019.

He did not specify which OnePlus model will be the first to launch with 5G support.

He also said that OnePlus is looking to partner with at least one US wireless carrier to sell OnePlus phones in USA stores.

We bring this up because at MWC Shanghai, OnePlus went over its current strategy and gave its community, as well as the press, an idea of what to look forward to with the company.

5G or 5th Generation is the next evolutionary form of mobile technology, allowing for higher data transfer speeds over wireless networks.

The CEO addressed the notch controversy, too. This year's iPhone X successors aren't supposed to pack 5G support, because that's not how Apple does things.



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