OnePlus confirms its 5G smartphone will launch ‘before the end of May’

OnePlus confirms its 5G smartphone will launch 'before the end of May

OnePlus confirms its 5G smartphone will launch ‘before the end of May’ ONEPLUS HAS CONFIRMED that its much-hyped 5G smartphone will launch "before the end of May" next year. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed this during an interview with CNET, where he also spoke out about the smartphones’ price-tag. While we already know that the as-yet-unnamed device will be more expensive than the OnePlus smartphones currently on offer, Lau says that the device itself will be priced without profit in mind. "The 5G product is not expected to equate to huge sales," he said. "It’s still early stage. But by 2020 it could already be very different." Part of this conservative outlook is based on how much the phone will cost to make; Lau notes that the 5G components will be much more expensive than the 4G components in current smartphones, but this is a price the firm is willing to pay to be first to market with a 5G device. "With a focus on being one of the first companies to deliver a 5G phone, our engineers and product development team can receive an early start on how to best develop a premium 5G phone without compromise to design and user experience," Lau said. Finally, Lau revealed that the OnePlus 5G phone will look a lot like the firm’s current devices; expect a glass frame, an under-display fingerprint scanner and OnePlus’ inoffensive ‘teardrop’ notch. 6/12/18: UK operato r EE will be the first network in the world to offer OnePlus’ incoming 5G smartphone. OnePlus announced EE as its 5G launch partner at Qualcomm’s summit event in Hawaii on Wednesday, where it also confirmed that the device will be powered by the chipmaker’s new Snapdragon 855 processor . Pete Lau, CEO and founder of OnePlus, said: The pursuit of speed has defined the OnePlus DNA since OnePlus was founded five years ago. There’s no one more suitable than OnePlus to make a 5G smartphone. Our users are always eager to try new things and they are now ready to experience the next generation of connectivity and speed. "In response, OnePlus has poured efforts into 5G research since 2016. Today, we stand poised to embrace the dawn of 5G." No further details about OnePlus’ 5G smartphone were announced, but earlier rumours claim it’ll be the firm’s most expensive smartphone yet, with a starting price of around £600 in Blighty. 20/11/18: OnePlus’ first 5G smartphone will, unsurprisingly, be more expensive than its current crop of handsets. According to "people close to the matter" speaking to Fudzilla , the 5G-capable OnePlus handset will start at "at least" $649 (around £505) in the US, $100 more than the $549 starting price of the OnePlus 6T . There’s no word yet on UK pricing, but as the OnePlus 6T starts at £499, we can expect the as-yet-unnamed handset to fetch around £599. Fudzilla ‘s sources also claim that the smartphone will pack Qualcomm’s unannounced Snapdragon 855 processor along with the chipmaker’s X50 5G NR […]

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