The OnePlus 6T handset will launch in October this year, according to a new report, while also heralding a major landmark for the Chinese smartphone upstart.
CNET sources say the firm’s next ‘T’ edition flagship handset will be the first officially available through a network carrier in the United States. The report says the firm has signed a tentative accord with the T-Mobile network, which is always looking for ways to differentiate itself from larger competitors like Verizon and AT&T.
The sources say the OnePlus 6T will still be available unlocked through other carriers for the same $550 asking price as the current OnePlus 6. However, there’ll be a “specific version optimised for T-Mobile’s network,” those familiar with the matter say.
The optimised version will include support for T-Mobile’s Extended Range LTE technology, according to the report. The only hiccup could be obtaining the requisite “technical approval” for use on the network, CNET sources say.
Unfortunately, today’s report shed no light on potential specs for the OnePlus 6T. Recent speculation has suggested the handset could be the first to market to feature the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. The phone is also likely to be 5G ready, while further speculation has suggested it may have an all-display design, with a pop-up selfie camera like the Vivo Nex.
Should OnePlus secure a deal with T-Mobile, it would represent a major milestone for the company. Earlier this year OnePlus said it was open to securing a deal with a network carrier. This would ensure greater visibility of its product beyond the direct sales already offered through its own retail channels.
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“If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment,” CEO Pete Launch said in January.
Should the deal get through, OnePlus would succeed where the compatriots like Huawei have failed. Earlier this year, deals between Huawei and the networks are believed to have fallen through due to ongoing security concerns.
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