It was recently reported that OnePlus is preparing a 5G smartphone for release next year − but that this handset would not be the OnePlus 7. A new leak corroborates this, and claims that the company’s 5G handset will cost around $100 more than the OnePlus 6T.
Fudzilla is reporting (via PhoneArena) that “people close to the matter” have said that OnePlus’ 5G smartphone will have a starting price of $650 (~£505). It isn’t yet clear how much the OnePlus 7 will cost, but we imagine it will be priced similarly to the 6T.
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It’s still very early days and we’ll no doubt come across conflicting reports over the coming weeks and months, but $650 for a 5G smartphone with (hopefully) flagship specs and features sounds very reasonable indeed.
OnePlus’ 5G smartphone is expected to launch in early 2019 − possibly at MWC 2019 in Barcelona − and be part of a completely new line of handsets, sitting above the company’s range of 4G handsets.
So why is OnePlus said to be thinking about creating a whole new line of smartphones?
The company has built its brand on smartphones that offer high-end features at affordable prices, and the firm’s planned 5G smartphone is reportedly set to be “considerably” more expensive than all of its existing devices.
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2019 is shaping up to be an extremely significant year for OnePlus.
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Essentially, it appears that the company is at a crossroads. It can either include 5G support on the OnePlus 7 and risk upsetting some fans by ramping up prices for everyone, or it can try to cater to everyone by not adding 5G support to the OnePlus 7 and keeping prices low in the process, and roll out a pricier new line of 5G smartphones for anyone willing to pay a bit more.
OnePlus appears to have chosen the latter option and, on paper, it appears to be the sensible choice.
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