Despite 2019 introducing the initial push into 5 G coverage, OnePlus opted unexpectedly to hang out with 5 G on their second device. Back in June, the company announced its first 5 G smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5 G, one of the first telephones to support the new European network standard. Further interestingly, as the OnePlus 7 T Pro is not sold in a 5 G version, we did not get a sequel.
CEO Pete Lau spoke to the press after last week’s OnePlus launch event and explained that “there wasn’t enough time to launch a second 5G app.”
It’s not related to a Pro series or T-series or another device that certainly must have 5G. It’s more about looking at what are the circumstances and what’s a suitable opportunity to build a 5G device. – Pete Lau
Going forward Lau announced that in 2020, 5G will be a key feature for flagship phones, but declined to comment on whether it will be in the OnePlus 8 series. With the proliferation of 5G networks globally, there is still doubt as to whether this would warrant creating a 5G mobile. Several main markets are likely to lack 5G coverage for OnePlus like India, which also plays a role in the 5G plans of the company.