OnePlus president shocks U.S. consumers with bad news about its 5G phone

OnePlus president shocks U.S. consumers with bad news about its 5G phone
The first 5G phone from OnePlus is expected to be on display at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, which starts in Barcelona this coming Monday. Today, more details about the phone were published by USA Today. According to the report, the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and will include the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. At the trade show, OnePlus will be showing off how the new phone handles gaming by having it run the game "Ace Combat 7."

OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau allowed the newspaper to examine an image of a prototype of the device, which has yet to be named. Lau, speaking through a translator, said that the phone will launch in the second quarter of 2019 via U.K. carrier EE and Finnish carrier Elisa. The executive says that while the phone will not be offered in the states, it will bring 5G devices to the U.S. in the future. "The U.S. is our most important market, so a long term 5G focus is critically important," said the executive.

The OnePlus 5G phone won't be much different that the unannounced OnePlus 7 that is also expected to be released in the first half of this year. A photo allegedly showing the device leaked earlier this week. Lau says that there won't be much difference between the 4G and 5G phone, and that the company doesn't expect to market the 5G handset any differently. He did say that there will be a "significant" difference in price between the 4G One Plus 7 and the the new 5G model, but he added that he hopes to keep the cost of its 5G device under $1,000. Pricing the handset above $1,000 will make it too expensive said the company's president. 5G is expected to offer download data speeds up to 20 times faster than 4G. This should allow for the creation of new services, capabilities and businesses.

OnePlus says it is very happy with its U.S. partner, T-Mobile


Lau said that OnePlus is very happy with the partnership it has with T-Mobile, as the latter was the first U.S. carrier to carry a OnePlus phone. That model, the OnePlus 6T, is the manufacturer's current model. While the executive wouldn't reveal how many units of the phone were moved by T-Mobile, he did say that he looks forward to doing more business with the carrier later this year.


The company has come a long way since it launched the OnePlus One back in 2014. According to a recently issued report by IDC, OnePlus is now the fifth most popular seller of premium handsets in the U.S. During the first couple of years, those interested in a OnePlus handset had to have an invitation from the company in order to buy one. That was done to make sure that the company didn't waste its precious cash building too many phones; in other words, the invites helped the company balance supply of its phones with the demand. It now has a reputation for turning out well spec'd handsets at a much cheaper price than its rivals.

OnePlus will face plenty of competition selling a 5G phone. Earlier this week, Samsung took the wraps off its Galaxy S10 5G. This device will offer beastly specs when it is released later this year, but could end up priced much higher than the OnePlus 5G phone.

Image of a prototype OnePlus 5G phone

Image of a prototype OnePlus 5G phone

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23 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 752; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

5G adoption will be gradual , so it's fine.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 2076; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll sit this out until 2021 when it's more widespread worldwide and the price gouging stops.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 725; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I don't understand is the fuss about g5 ? Phones have super fast connection already. Its not like going from dead slow g to 3g. I see now that OEMs want to get 5g fist so they can milk like there ia no tomorow. Without proper infrastructure this thing will be limited too in consistency of coverage.

9. hjl2345

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Well it also has to do with the fact that the manufacturers want to do 5G first do that they can take over the market early before it becomes mainstream. The tech behind 5G is somewhat relevant, but still, it is going to take a couple years before the price of 5G phones are somewhat affordable. All in all, I am excited for 5G. We sometimes need newer tech to come up with stuff that we could never have thought would be possible.

3. Rocket

Posts: 630; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I'm ok with the 80-100mb speeds that i get with att.

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

you are used to it because you think it is fast for you. koreans get gigabit speeds and cry when they see how slow your internet is. that's why some korean airlines dont do wifi on their planes since they think its a disservice to their customers to use their crappy wifi.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah, that's called data overload if you ask me and many if us are already bombarded with too much at our fingertips. Technology has it's advantages no doubt but at what cost? I wish the world would slow down a bit instead of looking for ways to go faster. I'm only in my 30s by the way.lol

17. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Maximum download speed is only part of the story. A ping that is for example 10 to 50 times lower is another factor. Even a connection with fast download speeds can feel sluggish due to higher latency. And current 4G has relatively high latencies still.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 849; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I'm cool with 4G lte.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Even though 5G tech is completely new, what's with such high prices though? I mean the extra antennas and an extra X50 modem really costs that high to make a significant difference? Like what? And why?

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well, 5G modem is rare material right now, no wonder it's expensive.. If you remember the dawn of 3G era, 3G USB modem could cost up to $150, then dropped to $15 years later.

18. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

They're recouping R&D costs. The modem manufacturers charge the phone designers more, so the phone designers charge you more.

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

5G is not that big of deal. Again another way to sell phones. LOL! That’s the trick now.

10. hjl2345

Posts: 82; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

It may not be as mainstream now, but that is how the industry is moving. It will eventually phase out 4G once it becomes mainstream. Early tech is always expensive, but the price will go down as it becomes more readily available.

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's not a big deal now but in the next 3-4yrs it will be. 5g is the future.

13. perry1234

Posts: 630; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I don't understand, I thought "bypass" means "skip"

19. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

It does, that's why they said "The executive says that while the phone will not be offered in the states,"

22. perry1234

Posts: 630; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

my bad, for some reason I missed it completely. Thank you.

14. veerhardik

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

U.s carriers are not ready with 5g networks yet like 4g so it's no use of 5g phones in the country.

16. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The title is a bit misleading based on the article.

20. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

It's not misleading, but it is sensationalized. Should've just been "OnePlus says their first 5G phone won't be sold in US."

21. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

See how easy that was?

23. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 357; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

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