Reports about the 5G smartphone OnePlus is working on are just not coming to a rest. Last month, the Chinese smartphone maker had announced that it will be launching a 5G smartphone in 2019.
At that time, it was speculated that either OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7T would come with 5G connectivity. However, later it was confirmed that the 5G smartphone from OnePlus would be a part of a separate range from the company.
And now, a new report in Fudzilla has surfaced online which claims that the new 5G enabled OnePlus mobile phone will cost $100 more than the current flagship OnePlus 6T. It can be possible that the higher pricing of the device is the reason that OnePlus has decided to come out with a new range for its 5G enabled smartphones, as the company may not want to let go off of its affordable flagships line.
It is also worth noticing that OnePlus is not the only company that is working on a 5G smartphone, other smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, Xiaomi and LG will also be joining the 5G bandwagon next year.
Considering that the price of OnePlus 6T begins at $549 in the United States, if the report in Fudzilla is to be believed, the cost of 5G smartphone from OnePlus will start at $649. The report further said that the Chinese smartphone maker will also roll out a 5G variant of OnePlus 7.
Clubbing this with the company’s earlier statement that said that it would not ship the OnePlus 7 with 5G connectivity as it could inflate the price tag of the smartphone, we can assume that a separate model of OnePlus 7 may be dedicated to 5G.
So the launch of the 5G smartphone by OnePlus may not be different from OnePlus 7 and reports have also suggested that the company’s 5G smartphone may not carry a price tag as high as Samsung‘s or Huawei’s 5G phone. But then, as of now, all of these are just speculations.
The OnePlus 5G smartphone is expected to be first seen at MWC 2019 which will be held in Barcelona, Spain next year. In fact, at MWC 2019, we are expecting to see other 5G devices from other technology companies.
The 5G device from OnePlus is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC, which will be the first processor from Qualcomm to come with 7nm fabrication process. Snapdragon 855 processor will also come with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit for AI and Machine Learning applications. The new processor from Qualcomm will also bring a significant improvement over the current devices which use the Snapdragon 845 SoC, which has built from the 10nm architecture.
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