OnePlus hopes to launch its 5G phone before June 2019, company CEO Pete Lau told CNET through an interpreter.
"We believe until the end of May," Lau said as he pressed a timeframe.
OnePlus 5G is not yet available, and OnePlus has already announced that its 5G phone will be the first in Europe to feature the. The Chinese phone brand will offer its first 5G phone over the UK carrier EE before the device is made available through other wireless networks around the world.
The phone manufacturer also confirmed that the first OnePlus 5G phone will not be the OnePlus 7, the expected follower for the OnePlus 6T, a selection from CNET Editors' Choice. As CNET reported, OnePlus will set up a second line of 5G phones
Although it will coexist with the OnePlus main line, the 5G phone will look very much like its 4G brothers on the outside. Internally, however, a 5G antenna is used which uses the part of the wireless spectrum known as Sub-6, which, according to OnePlus, is relatively shorter compared to the mmWave (millimeter-wave) part of the spectrum responsible for the highest 5G speeds Reach as sub-6.
Lau says OnePlus still decides if the 5G phone has other unique features to justify the price jump from $ 200 to $ 300. Lau plans to get the 5G phone as a result of more expensive components than 4G phones.
"The 5G product is not expected to generate huge sales," said Lau. "It's still in its infancy, but by 2020 it could be very different."
EE's 5G network will cover 16 cities in the UK in 2019, starting with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Later, 5G speeds will lead to Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Bristol.
Together with Samsung and Motorola, OnePlus wants to announce its early commitment to a 5G carrier. 5G is gradually replacing 4G LTE data speed with an even faster connection, where entire movies, large photo files, games and music can be uploaded and downloaded as a current phone in a fraction of the time.
Although the first 5G networks and phones are not expected before mid-2019, phone brands such as OnePlus are focusing on customers' willingness to switch to a "future proof" 5G-enabled device to stay ahead of the competition slower to accept 5G.
With the proactive announcement of its future 5G phone, the statistically small OnePlus brand is also sending a message to carriers and buyers around the world that it means serious growth. OnePlus is the leading telephone brand in India and recently broke through the well-known US carrier market when it began selling the OnePlus 6T with T-Mobile in November.
OnePlus declined to comment on the name of its future 5G phone Uncomplicated naming conventions over the years, "OnePlus 5G" would not be a far-fetched guess.
First published on December 5, 11:26 pm PT.
Update, 18:33 : Adds It is made clear that this will be the first 5G phone in Europe, not in the world.
Update, 19:42 : Adds quotes and more details.