OnePlus 7 Could Be The First 5G Smartphone, Co-Founder Claims

The 4G/5G summit held in Hong Kong recently confirmed the rumors that OnePlus indeed has plans to launch one of the first 5G-capable smartphones in 2019.

The news was delivered by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei himself. Who was confident enough to claim that they would indeed be one of the first ones to go to market with the 5G technology in a consumer-facing smartphone.

We definitely have 5G planned for next year. We will be the first, if not one of the first partners with Qualcomm to commercially launch 5G globally.” Pei confirmed at the summit.

With the OnePlus 6T all set to be launched on October 29th, we can safely assume that the upcoming 5G smartphone is going to be the OnePlus 7 perhaps.

Pei also revealed that his company had already conducted a successful 5G test at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego back in August.

However we’re not so sure it’ll manage to be one of the firsts to support 5G using Qualcomm’s technology since other handsets boasting the technology are about to hit the market before the OnePlus 7. For instance the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 which is all set to release in China this week.

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon recently confirmed amid speculations that the first device to sport their new Snapdragon X50 5G modem with downsized QTM052 mmWave antenna module will debut in the first quarter of 2019 so we should expect the OnePlus to reveal its 5G smartphone around that timeline.

Until then OnePlus is preparing to launch its upcoming flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6T, which is making its debut on 29 October.

The OnePlus 6T will be boasting the following features;

The phone will be the company’s first to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. It was also confirmed to be optical rather than ultrasonic. We also know that the phone will come with a bigger 3,700mAh battery. The standard OnePlus 6T came with a 3,300mAh battery.

However much to user’s chagrin, OnePlus founder Carl Pei confirmed in an interview that the ‘next OnePlus handset’ will do away with the 3.5mm jack in favor of USB-C.’

“We found 59 per cent of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year – and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones,” he said.

“It [removing the headphone jack] was a very controversial decision. We’re not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is. We believe now is the right time, as it’ll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low.” He further justified the company’s decision.

Another blow came when CEO Pete Lau revealed some bad news regarding the OnePlus 6T, confirming that the 6T will not be featuring wireless charging. He said: “When we get to the day that the wireless charging can get up to speed without the implication of heat that we expect, then I believe we can integrate the technology.”


The OnePlus 6T will boast a 6.4in AMOLED screen, 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB or 8GB RAM, a dual-lens camera system and a choice of 128GB and 256GB storage. It will be running Google’s Android 9.0 Pie operating system.

About the camera, OnePlus has teased, “We’ve put a lot of work into improving the camera behind the scenes, so you can expect to take even better pictures,”

Thus debunking speculation that the OnePlus 6T will follow in the footsteps of Samsung’s Galaxy A7 with a triple-lens rear camera setup, instead it will be sporting only dual rear cameras.

The OnePlus 6 dual camera system is made up of a 16-megapixel primary sensor with a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. They both have a f/1.7 aperture and both are optically stabilized. So based on those specs we can expect a 12 and 20 megapixel snapper for the OnePlus 6T.