OnePlus Will Be One of The First to Launch A 5G Enabled Smartphone

Written by Nitish Singh
Last updated July 14, 2021

5G is all the rage and phone manufacturers are racing to be amongst the first to release devices with high-speed connectivity. OnePlus is set to release its first 5G enabled smartphone next year according to CEO Carl Pei. It all confirms that the upcoming 6T which is set to launch next week will not be coming with 5G technology.

With OnePlus selling its products to a large number of countries, the OnePlus 7 might be the first 5G device in several countries, especially in regions that offer devices without contracts. Both flagships from the manufacturer are expected to come with 5G and will be powered by Qualcomm’s new X50 modem that allows up to 4.5Gbps 5G speeds. The chip also comes with the QTM052 mmWave module that allows devices to have stronger signal retention.

Nokia is the pioneer behind 5G technology and the Finnish company will be licensing 5G handsets for all manufacturers. Earlier this year head of patent business Ilkka Rahnasto revealed “Nokia innovation combined with our commitment to open standardization has helped build the networks of today and lay the foundations for 5G/NR. This announcement is an important step in helping companies plan for the introduction of 5G/NR capable mobile phones, with the first commercial launches expected in 2019.”

Despite Nokia claiming commercial launches will start in 2019, manufacturers like LG and Xiaomi have already confirmed handsets with 5G connectivity in the near future. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 might be the first device to come with 5G with its reported October 25 launch date. However, the device will be available in only select countries, starting with China. OnePlus is set to launch its OnePlus 6T on October 29 and it is likely to follow the company’s tradition of offering flagship specs at mid-range prices.

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