The BBK Electronics’ premium subsidiary brand, OnePlus, is all set to unwrap it’s next lineups, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, next month. Many were expecting the phones to be 4G ready, however, the company has announced that the upcoming smartphones will be 5G ready.
In it’s latest tweet from the official Twitter handle, the company wrote, “Our next launch lineup is 5G-ready. Are you?”. The company also tagged a photo which showed the wordings “All in 5G” with OnePlus logo at the bottom left corner of the image.
Our next launch lineup is 5G-ready. Are you? pic.twitter.com/BHoVpKk04c
— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 10, 2020
By tweeting this message, the emerging premium smartphone brand has set the bar high for it’s fan followers. This year’s launch lineups will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The news got confirmed by OnePlus Founder & CEO, Pete Lau, in his followup tweet. “OnePlus has worked with Qualcomm since our start. We kicked off the 5G era with them, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. @cristianoamon @Qualcomm” wrote Lau while confirming the 5G enabled smartphones in pipeline.
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 10, 2020
Notably, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 doesn’t have an inbuilt 5G modem, but comes with Snapdragon X55 5G modem to make a smartphone 5G compatible. This may be the case in OnePlus’ upcoming launch lineups OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
However, it is speculated that OnePlus may launch it’s handsets without the Snapdragon X55 5G modem. This speculation is based on the similar arrangements made in the iQoo 3 where the company launched the smartphone with Snapdragon 865 SoC but deactivated the 5G modem.
It is also speculated that OnePlus may not activate the 5G modem in the Indian variant of the upcoming lineups. This is because, India is still to launch 5G network in the country. Likewise, there are other markets where 5G is still just an anticipation. Hence, OnePlus may come up with the 5G enabled as well as deactivated variants based on the market it chooses to launch the handset in.