OnePlus eyeing USA expansion, 5G phone for 2019

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OnePlus smartphones are already available to buy in the United States, but only SIM-free and directly through OnePlus' online store. Maybe, maybe not. O2 now stocks OnePlus devices, but it's not clear whether that's an exclusivity deal or whether they're the only network that will. OnePlus confirmed it wants to be one of them. Once OnePlus gets a deal with US carriers, consumers can get its devices with flexible payment plans, which could entice more people to switch to OnePlus smartphones.

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus believes that if you create enough hype about a device and you release it in limited quantities, people will come buying. The talk process is presently quiet on its reality, however, what appears to be sure about one year from now's OnePlus 7 is that it could be one of the initial 5G cell phones to make a big appearance in 2019. Reportedly, thanks to strong ties with chipmaker Qualcomm, OnePlus is in a good position to launch a 5G smartphone before other companies.

He did not specify which OnePlus model will be the first to launch with 5G support. Lau isn't saying if the company has started talking with USA carriers for a potential partnership, but he's confident about a consistent, bloatware-free experience will continue to be available on its phones even if carriers try pre-install bloatware. Sales of OnePlus devices recently started at carriers in Europe, and with the U.S. market so much more reliant on carrier sales, it only makes sense to make a push here.

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However, Lau does promise a "burdenless" experience with a commitment to no bloatware.

OnePlus 6 is here with some super specs at a reasonable price.

Given that 5G is realistically some time away from a global roll-out, OnePlus offering support on its 2019 devices might be innovation too early. Players like Apple and Samsung will be the first brands to launch smartphones with 5G capabilities, as these brands can produce their own SoC (system on chip).

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