OnePlus’ 5G prototype smartphone will be shown off at MWC

Alfred Osborne
February 13, 2019

Not only do we expect carriers to roll out the next generation of high-speed mobile networks, we also anticipate a crop of new 5G phones that will work on said networks. The invite notes "5G gaming" which clearly hints at the OnePlus 5G phone. However, OnePlus' close partnership with Qualcomm means the Snapdragon 855 will be included on the inside along with the Snapdragon X50 modem which will grant 5G capabilities.

The Chinese company which recently became India's top-selling smartphone brand according to IDC, first announced it would be developing a 5G smartphone at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in December 2018.

OnePlus isn't the only company to demo a 5G prototype phone.

The announcement of the 5G OnePlus phone showcasing was first revealed by folks at XDA Developers which noted, "OnePlus, at Qualcomm's booth (Hall 3 Stand 3E10), invites all to connect and communicate with our community over a 5G network".

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Circling back to the phone itself, beyond the basic specifications we mentioned above, we don't know much about OnePlus' upcoming device.

This year and 2020 promise to be big years for 5G.

With major cellphone makers like Samsung, Apple, and Google lagging behind in the 5G-ready smartphone race, it seems OnePlus is planning to pick up the slack. The company is well known for the relatively short life cycles of its products, with improved versions launching roughly twice a year.

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