OnePlus has today confirmed what I hoped would be the case, and that’s the news that all of the new OnePlus devices from now on will feature 5G support as standard.
In addition to that, leaked information relating to the upcoming P40 series launch shows Huawei will only produce a 5G version of its upcoming flagship models (in other words excluding any entry level Lite models or spin-offs).
Huawei will now launch the P40 and P40 Pro at an online-only event on March 26th, with the Paris launch event cancelled due to the ongoing issues relating to Coronavirus.
There is no confirmed date for the launch of the OnePlus 8 series, but it is widely rumoured to be April, allowing the company to better accommodate its twice yearly update cycle.
We’ll have to keep an eye out for further news on these new phones, but at least we can be sure that most 2020 flagships this time around will not require you to make a decision on whether to pay extra for 5G compatibility or not.
This will have a big impact on the rollout, and general acceptance, of 5G by the network operators who can now begin to get 5G handsets into the hands of consumers who are likely buying a handset for at least 24 months.
OnePlus Press Release
OnePlus to Deliver Full 5G Product Lineup
Shenzhen, March 10, 2020 — Global smartphone brand OnePlus will be unveiling a full 5G lineup for its upcoming launch, allowing all OnePlus users to enjoy an unrivaled flagship experience enhanced by the unprecedented speeds of 5G.
“This is a milestone both for OnePlus and our users. We’re proud to be among the first smartphone manufacturers to have full 5G line up for our next launch,” said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. “OnePlus has achieved many firsts with 5G, and this time’s no exception.”
Since it was founded, OnePlus has been on the forefront of delivering the fastest and most refined smartphone experience for its users. The company’s first device was a 4G phone, launched at an early stage in the transition period from 3G to 4G. The company is again propelling its users ahead of others by enabling 5G support across its entire flagship smartphone product range.
“We believe that following the dawn of the 5G era, the smartphone experience will go through a dramatic development,” Lau added. “5G’s low latency and enhanced cloud services will undoubtedly help us achieve a truly interconnected experience, while also providing exciting developments in areas like gaming, which are vitally important for OnePlus’ tech-savvy users.”
OnePlus began its 5G research as early as 2016. Over the years, the company has accumulated a wealth of experience and cutting-edge technology for tackling the commercialization and mass production of 5G smartphones.