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OnePlus 5G phone set to debut in first half of 2019, CEO confirms

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The OnePlus 6T is barely out and the hype machine for the OnePlus 7 has already begun. The company previously announced that it’s going to launch one of the first 5G phones next year. It’s now confirmed that the device will be launching in the first half of 2019.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau didn’t actually say whether this 5G offering will be the OnePlus 7. He told Gadgets360 that the brand will have a “5G product” in the first half of next year. He gave a separate interview to The Verge where he stated that it’ll be first 5G smartphone in Europe.

A Separate 5G OnePlus 7?

Lau also provided a little insight into what OnePlus’ lineup will look like next year. The 5G handset is going to coexist alongside the brand’s 4G LTE devices since 5G won’t be accessible worldwide in 2019. He specifically mentioned that it’ll be its own line of phones.

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This sounds like there will be a 4G OnePlus 7 and a 5G OnePlus 7. The US will probably grab the latter since the network standard should kick into action there next year and the company is paying a lot of attention to the market. It just joined hands with T-Mobile to sell the OnePlus 6T.

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T-Mobile has big plans for 5G, so a 5G OnePlus 7 makes sense for both brands. Lau says the company is interested in making a 5G device early in order to better understand what the technology is capable of and what it can offer to customers. He also cited demand from consumers, even though no one has tried out 5G yet.

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OnePlus is working closely with Qualcomm for its 5G smartphone, as it revealed on stage at the latter’s 4G/5G Summit 2018 last week. Samsung will be competing with it with for the 5G crown. The South Korean company is allegedly working on a 5G version of the Galaxy S10 which may or may not come out with the rest of its 4G family.