OnePlus Wants to be the First to Deliver Working Commercial 5G Smartphones

On Oct. 22, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei and Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon engaged in a high-level discussion about the usage of 5G technology in smartphones at the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit held at Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong.

At the summit, Pei said that OnePlus has always been committed to providing the most advanced technology and the best user experience for its community users, and has been investing in 5G R&D and deepening cooperation with telecommunication service providers.

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“As OnePlus is at the forefront of technology and innovation, we hope to continue breaking barriers and be the first to release a phone that supports a working 5G connection,” Pei said.

It is reported that OnePlus has established a special 5G project team to conduct research on 5G technology in smartphones as early as 2016. In 2017, the R&D team from Qualcomm officially joined in the research project, and the two conducted joint research on 5G hardware and network architecture.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei (Right) and Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon (Left)

Pei mentioned at the summit that OnePlus’ R&D team has successfully established a 5G connection to Qualcomm’s laboratory based in the United States back in August. However, the company chose to keep a low profile by not making the success public through media outlets.

According to a report released by Counterpoint, OnePlus is one of the fastest grossing smartphone brands globally within the price range of 400-600 USD. Throughout India, OnePlus sales has exceeded both Apple and Samsung, becoming the number one flagship in India, with a market share of 40.5 percent.

The company’s next big flagship, the OnePlus 6T, is due to make its debut in New York City on Oct. 29 at Pier 36. Rumor has it that the company has established a close cooperation with the telecommunication service provider T-Mobile to raise brand awareness across the United States, and allow more consumers to come into contact with OnePlus.