It was recently announced from OnePlus’s CEO that both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro will have the capabilities to use 5G. This news came ahead of the official release of both of these phones expected to happen some time next month. It’s also important to note that most phones that will be able to run 5G are expected to be much more expensive than previous models. Below is a quote from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau:
This is a milestone both for OnePlus and our users. We’re proud to be among the first smartphone manufacturers to have full 5G line up for our next launch. OnePlus has achieved many firsts with 5G, and this time’s no exception. We believe that following the dawn of the 5G era, the smartphone experience will go through a dramatic development. 5G’s low latency and enhanced cloud services will undoubtedly help us achieve a truly interconnected experience, while also providing exciting developments in areas like gaming, which are vitally important for OnePlus’ tech-savvy users.
With the expected price increase of the OnePlus 8 compared to the OnePlus 7, many believe that OnePlus will also be releasing a middle tier version possibly called something like the OnePlus 8 Lite. This is not be confirmed by OnePlus, but many people believe that this is what will happen next month during the release of the new models from OnePlus.
Something that is interesting that was not addressed by the OnePlus CEO is that if the new OnePlus 8 series phones will be able to work with both 5G and 4G. Since not all the markets around the world have 5G capabilities, will they still sell the 5G OnePlus 8 in those countries?
OnePlus might go the path of Samsung and allow for both 4G and 5G capabilities. This is what Samsung has done when the announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy S20. In markets like the South Korea and the United States where 5G is offered, they will sell the 5G model. But in other countries that don’t have 5G, then they’ll be selling the 4G models to those customers