OnePlus has announced that it will showcase a prototype smartphone with 5G capabilities during MWC 2019. The smartphone will run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor and the attendees will be allowed to have a gaming experience on the displayed prototype. The event will take place on February 26th with OnePlus’ CEO, Pete Lau presenting the smartphone. He will be joined by Qualcomm’s President – Cristiano R. Amon and EE CEO – Marc Allera.
The company has been preparing since 2016 to launch 5G technology in its smartphones. OnePlus had started its own research lab in the aforementioned year and collaborated with Qualcomm in 2017. A year after this, the company was able to make a 5G connection to Qualcomm Technologies’ laboratory located in San Diego, USA in August 2018. Pete Lau made the world’s first 5G tweet by connecting a prototype device to a 5G Non-standalone Network, via an LTE b7 + 5G NR n78 air interface.
OnePlus will be the first smartphone manufacturer to launch a commercial phone with 5G capabilities in the UK. The company has tied up with the leading carrier network, EE which will be switching on 5G sites in 16 UK cities in 2019. Both the companies are reportedly working on a research and development partnership to improve the consumer experience.
Along with this, OnePlus will also be one of the first companies to use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor in its smartphone. According to OnePlus’ CEO, Pete Lau, “Our strong relationship with mobile industry leaders like Qualcomm Technologies and EE makes us believe that we could bring the best 5G device to the world. OnePlus’ core strength is having a tech community with more than 5.5 million users from 196 countries around the world. Our mission to tackle 5G head on was decided together with our community members. No other company out there is better suited to take on 5G than OnePlus.”
MWC 2019 is just around the corner and will have quite an interesting collection of smartphones in the offing for us. Would you be excited to see this 5G offering by OnePlus? Let us know in the comments section below and stay tuned to Pricebaba for more updates.