The session 2019-20 will play a vital role in the 5G phones market. The most trending smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has invited members of the media and telecommunications industry to try out a demonstration of a prototype 5G smartphone on a fully functioning 5G network at Qualcomm’s booth at the upcoming MWC 2019 trade show in just two weeks’ time.
The phone will diverge from OnePlus’ main family of flagship phones, which includes the OnePlus 6T, and will be one of the first previews many will get to see of a 5G phone. The company expects to sell the device by the end of May through the UK carrier EE.
OnePlus, at Qualcomm’s booth (Hall 3 Stand 3E10), invites all to connect and communicate with our community over a 5G network. Attendees will also be able to experience the capabilities of 5G gaming on a OnePlus 5G prototype. Keep an eye out for the limited-edition Qualcomm x OnePlus pin badge, only available at the OnePlus stand.
OnePlus has also stated that its 5G phone will launch in the first half of 2019. It is expected that this phone will be offered as a separate model to the inevitable OnePlus 7 flagship refresh, which should also be based on the Snapdragon 855 SoC. The still-unnamed 5G phone will most likely be more expensive than the OnePlus 7 and will be restricted to markets in which suitable networks are available.
It is still early days for 5G but Qualcomm has already stressed that all those brands that don’t jump on-board the 5G bandwagon this year, will be little too late to the party. Qualcomm had in fact taken a dig at Apple at CES 2019, quipping that “you’ll definitely be too late if you’re launching a 5G phone in 2020.” Apple isn’t expected to launch a 5G-ready iPhone before 2020.
OnePlus will be one of the first few companies to launch a 5G phone this year. Samsung is also seemingly working on a 5G variant of its next high-end flagship phone, the Galaxy S10, that it may show off at its Galaxy Unpacked keynote event on February 20.