Here's why there's no 5G version of the OnePlus 7T Pro

Here's why there's no 5G version of the OnePlus 7T Pro
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Despite rumors which indicated OnePlus was working on a 5G version of the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, no such device was announced at last week’s event. Now, CEO Pete Lau has revealed why the company avoided introducing a second-generation 5G smartphone.

Speaking to a group of journalists shortly after last week’s OnePlus 7T series introduction, the company co-founder confirmed the decision isn’t related to “a Pro series or T-series or another device” that must have 5G but is yet to be released. Instead, OnePlus simply doesn’t believe it’s the right time to launch a second 5G-ready flagship. The Chinese smartphone brand is looking at the current circumstances in certain global markets and waiting for “a suitable opportunity to build a 5G device.”

This is also why the company can’t yet guarantee 5G connectivity on next year’s standard OnePlus 8. Lau admitted that 5G will be a key trend for flagship smartphones next year and potentially mid-rangers too. However, the networks will still be limited to a handful of developed nations and might not be present in key markets like India, where OnePlus is often the most popular brand in the premium segment, meaning it won’t necessarily make sense to include 5G as standard on next year’s cheaper model.

Per the latest leaks, the OnePlus 8 will feature a curved edge punch-hole display paired with a triple-camera setup on the rear much like the one found on the OnePlus 7T Pro. This will probably be paired with Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 865, 8GB of RAM, and at least 128GB of internal storage.

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4 Comments

1. Venom

Posts: 3821; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

5G is still in the infancy stage at the moment. I don't think it's time for phones to be adapting it just yet plus OnePlus price is already bloated enough as is.

2. AlienKiss

Posts: 260; Member since: May 21, 2019

My guess is that OP users are TOO obsessed with the price. I mean it's all they can talk about. It's kind of annoying if you ask me.. Now, how many of those obsessed people with the price will be willing to pay more for 5G? 1-2%? That's why.. I bet that all the serious people willing to overlook the price of a smartphone (that are more interested in the actual features) will go buy a Samsung or a Pixel. I'm not discussing iOS because we all know it's a restricted bs for the masses.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I'm enjoying my 7 pro and S10 5G. I'm future proofing my phones.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1164; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I was thinking the same thing too. The only tough part is Sprint is the only way to get it here in the USA and they lock it down.

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