Of course, there aren't any 5G networks yet, but we will start seeing them in some countries from next year. While a large number of the OnePlus cell phones work fine and dandy on transporters like T-Mobile and AT&T, they know that it is so vital to manufacturing an association with these bearers. According to Lau, OnePlus's relationship with chip manufacturer Qualcomm means it will be one of the first to have a 5G smartphone ready for market in 2019 and that it should sync up with the first year of 5G availability in the U.S.
In an interview with PCMag, CEO Pete Lau said that the company is working on bringing OnePlus phones to United States carriers next year in time for the widespread roll-out 5G. Even better, the smartphone maker plans to partner with North American carriers in the future.
He did not specify which OnePlus model will be the first to launch with 5G support.
OnePlus now sells its phones primarily through its own website but has partnered with carriers in Europe in the past. That seems to be one of the more lofty goals some companies have and now it looks like OnePlus has set its sights on the U.S.
This schedule applies to all OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5/5T, OnePlus 6 devices and will be effective immediately.
One thing which Lau did make clear was that OnePlus wouldn't allow carriers to force their bloatware onto its devices.
Given that 5G is realistically some time away from a global roll-out, OnePlus offering support on its 2019 devices might be innovation too early. The firm plancherait after the man on a compatible smartphone, which will be presented next year.