One Plus to launch 5G phones

Chinese handset maker OnePlus will start the growing roster of handset makers rolling out their 5G smartphones with a flagship device next year.

Featuring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. Speaking at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said that “The company will have the first flagship smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855 that will be rolled out next year in Europe in partnership with the telecom operator EE.”

Lau did not share any other detail of the device, but he said “we know that the 855 is the most powerful chipset, it is definitely the one and only choice for our phone”.

However, it is understood that whether 5G handset will make its way to India, which is a key market for OnePlus. 5G services promise to bring in the faster data speeds for users are expected to be rolled out in the US, parts of Europe, China, South Korea and Australia in 2019.

Lau said “OnePlus has also been collaborating with Qualcomm for 5G since 2017.” “We are thrilled by its powerful performance and 5G capabilities. OnePlus will continue to bring its users the best technology and the best user experience possible.”

Citing a report by research firm Counterpoint, Lau said OnePlus has held a 30 per cent share in the premium category (Rs 30,000 and above) in India during the July-September 2018 quarter, taking the top spot for two consecutive quarters ahead of rivals, Samsung and Apple.

He also pointed out that including OnePlus, the premium smartphone market in India grew by 44 per cent in the beginning of 2018. However, minus OnePlus numbers, the premium segment shrunk by 12 per cent, reflecting the strong growth being seen by the brand.

OnePlus has recently launched its OnePlus 6T handset in India — a key market for the company. In August, Lau had said India accounted for about one-third of OnePlus’ revenues last year and it is set to become the “second home ground” of the company.

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