OnePlus May Showcase Its 5G Phone at Mobile World Congress 2019

Isaac Cain
February 14, 2019

The device isn't exactly a phone, only a prototype - an early version that may or may not be released later on as a more polished model. This year, aside from the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T, there's also the company's 5G handset. OnePlus says that attendees at MWC will experience "5G gaming" on the OnePlus 5G prototype device. Interested parties can come there to experience for themselves what it's like to play games while connected on a 5G network.

The device is expected to arrive in the United Kingdom first on EE, as CNET reported back in December, as early as the end of May.

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The company basically invited everyone to "connect and communicate" over a 5G network, notes the source, while a limited-edition Qualcomm x OnePlus pin badge was also mentioned, as it will be available at MWC 2019.

With major cellphone makers like Samsung, Apple, and Google lagging behind in the 5G-ready smartphone race, it seems OnePlus is planning to pick up the slack. However, this year OnePlus is going to make an exception to that rule and the reason why we are saying that is because OnePlus has announced that it will host a private panel at the MWC 2019 event. OnePlus is using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset for its upcoming 5G phone, along with the Qualcomm X50 modem. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, has already suggested this phone might cost between $200 and $300 more than other OnePlus handsets and that it might have a similar design to its previous phones. No, the company isn't launching the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7T. The company has recently announced an appearance at MWC 2019, that happens later on this month. The tech giant is working to release a 5G phone with the U.S. carrier Verizon in the first half of 2019, as well as two other 5G phones with AT&T.

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