OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018

OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company's fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.

In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company initially required that those buying its phones have an invitation from OnePlus to make the purchase. This allowed the company, new at the time, to save money by matching the number of phones built to the number it sold. Eventually, the company dropped the invitation system as its handsets became more popular and OnePlus got bigger.

Analysts estimate that 85% to 90% of U.S. consumers purchase their phones through their carrier, which means that OnePlus is currently missing out on this huge segment of the market. Making a deal with one or more U.S. carriers will give OnePlus access to millions of potential new customers.

source: CNET



1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If they ever make this possible, they better get their s**t together and stop implementing spy stuff on their international versions. They have been caught too many times now

2. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I would be interested as long as they made a CDMA or Dual Band version.

3. Kil4thril

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

They'll have to lock the bootloader and such for US carriers. It'll take away the good part of these phones. And, I would bet the price would increase

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If you thought the conspiracy nuts that said the U.S. government lobbied to keep Huawei off the carriers (AFAIK to keep their Chinese spyware out of consumer hands... allegedly) were wacky, wait till 1+ gets turned away. This is gonna be hilarious...

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The US doesn't want competition in the spying on users thing.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Which is pretty freakin' hypocritical considering the U.S. take on privacy lol.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol nobody wants to have the other team know more

13. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

No not at all. I take people who believe in and spread conspiracy as jokes. In your case your conspiracy is chinese conspiracy.

6. burkett375

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

No verizon, no care.

8. airoid

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Op got popular because of near stock experience, low price, and huge mod community. If they sell through carriers then there are bloatwares, lock bootloader, slow update. So they just like Galaxy or LG phones but without brand recognition.

9. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

good luck with that, regulators will not allow a Chinese company in the US

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

OnePlus may have a better chance of getting a deal than Huawei with the Carriers but it might fall through the cracks like the Huawei situation.

12. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

I wouldn’t buy any of their device with any kinda commitment. Maybe only as a cheaper temporary replacement when my primary phone breaks.

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