Last Wednesday (October 10), OnePlus held a global event in London where it presented the new OnePlus 7T Pro as well as a special edition developed in partnership with McLaren. However, despite the high end specifications, none of these smartphones support the new 5G mobile networks.
So far, the manufacturer has only one model with 5G support, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, but that could change in 2020 with the arrival of the new OnePlus 8.
OnePlus CEO revealed that all 2020 models will be able to support 5G
During a post-event press conference, Pete Lau confirmed that the big trend of high-end smartphones for 2020 is the implementation of 5G support. Given the breakthroughs in deploying 5G networks in a number of markets, it is a possibility that branded smartphones in 2020 will come with support for new networks.
However, the brand CEO stressed that this reality may not apply to all markets. Lau pointed out that they will hardly see 5G networks deployed in India in 2020. So it is possible that depending on the market, OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro may arrive with 5G support.
Most likely, the same will happen with OnePlus 8T, which is expected to be launched during the second half of 2020.
This may be a strategy that won't appeal to OnePlus's millions of fans.
Although 5G networks are gradually being deployed in various markets, their availability is still very limited. We are still far from securing a stable global experience and are still limited to major cities. Even in large cities, experience is often limited to restricted areas.
So even by 2020, having a smartphone with support for 5G networks will not be as relevant as many manufacturers want to imply. Unless you spend most of your day in an area where 5G network availability is already at an optimal level.
There is a simple reason why you might be annoyed by this possible OnePlus strategy. Most likely, processors with 5G support will continue to be considerably more expensive than 4G only. Therefore, if all models of OnePlus 8 support 5G, the choice may eventually be reflected in a new price increase.
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