OnePlus hopes to launch its 5G phone before June 2019, the company’s CEO, Pete Lau, told CNET through an interpreter. “We believe before the end of May,” Lau said, when pressed for a time frame.
OnePlus 5G isn’t out yet and OnePlus already announced its 5G phone will be the first phone in Europe to use the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The Chinese phone brand will offer its inaugural 5G phone through UK carrier EE before making the device available through other wireless networks around the world.
The phone-maker also confirmed that the first OnePlus 5G phone isn’t going to be the OnePlus 7, the expected follow-up device to the OnePlus 6T, a CNET Editors’ Choice pick. As CNET previously reported, OnePlus will spin up a second line of 5G phones that exists outside its current family of phones (the OnePlus 3T, 5, 6 and so on). This will mark only the second time that OnePlus has created a distinct second line, following the OnePlus X in 2015.
Although it’ll exist apart from OnePlus’ main line, the 5G phone will look a lot like its 4G brethren externally. Internally, however, will be a 5G antenna that uses the portion of wireless spectrum known as sub-6, which OnePlus says is relatively easier to deploy compared to the mmWave (millimeter wave) portion of the spectrum responsible for the highest 5G speeds over shorter range than sub-6.