OnePlus working on 5G phone, may tie up carriers in the US

The company has been selling its phones online for years in the United States, although it started selling some of its recent flagships through carriers in Europe like O2 in the UK. The OnePlus CEO also said his team is working to produce a 5G smartphone next year.

While speaking at MWC Shanghai today, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has revealed that his company might launch a 5G-ready smartphone in 2019.

The probable reason why OnePlus could be one of the first companies to launch a 5G smartphones is because of its good ties with Qualcomm.

The OnePlus 6's iPhone X-like design was criticized long before the phone was even announced, and that's because OnePlus confirmed the notch design well in advance.

Lau pointed out that the phones that be sold via USA carriers would be free from bloatware - pre-installed apps that users may or may not require on their phone, often permanent in nature. The exec did not specify the name of any wireless operator, but he said users should not worry about carrier bloatware coming to OnePlus phones. The company had claimed earlier this year that the OnePlus 6T will be launched only if it there is enough new technology to offer.

While Lau didn't share further details on the next-gen OnePlus handset, we're assuming this will be called OnePlus 7. 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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