OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6 recently that took the whole world by a storm. People have already started speculating the OnePlus 6T which may release later this year and even the OnePlus 7, which will release next year. It may very well be the first 5G smartphone.
5G has been around for a while, but only for carriers to test and implement. As a result, most carriers are now ready to launch their 5G spectrum service. Yet, there are no 5G phones as the developers just got a reference on how to implement 5G. All major companies have started the integration and testing of 5G in their upcoming phones. OnePlus may very well win the race.
At Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2018 at Shanghai, the CEO of OnePlus Pete Lau announced that they are working closely with US carriers to bring 5G to their upcoming smartphone next year. OnePlus neither confirmed nor denied the 2019 phone to be the OnePlus 7. Looking at the timeline and the general trend, OnePlus 7 is more likely to be the phone in question.
About the OnePlus 6T, the company will launch the phone only if there is enough new technology available this year. They want OnePlus 6T to be a proper upgrade and not a rush job. The only major hardware upgrade coming this year is the Snapdragon 855 based on the 7nm FinFET process. The chipset will be available only by the end of the year, so expect phones to be able to implement it next year onward.
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(Source: Science and Knowledge)
Also with the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm will probably introduce the 5G radio, giving 5G phones the required antenna. Since OnePlus and Qualcomm share a close relationship, expect the OnePlus 7 to be the first 5G phone. Also, OnePlus is known to take design cues from its sibling companies Oppo and Vivo. Therefore we may see a notch-less OnePlus 7 with a motorized camera unit along with an in-screen finger-print scanner. Whatever the speculations may be, OnePlus 7 is going to be a wild phone.