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OnePlus will release one of the first 5G smartphones

It'll be one of the first, if not the first, with a 5G phone next year.
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Shortly after Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon told us to expect at least two 5G flagship smartphones next year, you kind of know what to expect when OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei joined him on stage. Nope, they weren't here to talk about the new launch date for the OnePlus 6T, but Pei has just confirmed that his company will indeed be releasing a 5G device next year, and that according to his knowledge, OnePlus will be one of the first, if not the first, to do so. The exec also mentioned that his team had already conducted a 5G test at Qualcomm's headquarters in San Diego back in August.

Given that OnePlus now solely releases flagship smartphones, chances are this 5G device will also have top specs. As such, it's likely the same product due to arrive in 1H 2019 as teased by Amon earlier, and likewise, it may rely on the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the further downsized QTM052 mmWave antenna module. Now it's up to the non-Qualcomm-backed smartphone brands to see if they can beat OnePlus to the 5G race.

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