Xiaomi, HTC and many other OEM’s will also launch devices supporting 5G radio next year.
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OnePlus will launch its upcoming flagship phone, the OnePlus 6T on October 29 but it won’t be 5G enabled. During the Qualcomm’s 4G/5G summit, the company’s co-founder, Carl Pei, announced that the OnePlus will be one of the first companies to launch a 5G enabled phone next year. Pei said that back in August, OnePlus already conducted a 5G test at Qualcomm's headquarters in San Diego. Back in June, at MWC Shangai's Global Device Summit, Founder and CEO of OnePlus Pete Lau had announced that the company could launch a 5G-ready OnePlus device as early as next year.
Since OnePlus only launches flagship phones, following the pattern, the 5G enabled OnePlus phone is expected to be the OnePlus 7. It could be running on next-generation Snapdragon platform and it will most likely make use of the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and the QTM052 mmWave antenna module. However, the first 5G enabled phone could most likely be launched by Xiaomi as the company will be announcing its Mi Mix 3 smartphone on October 25, which is confirmed to come with 5G support and 10GB RAM. If this happens, the company could have a head start in the 5G smartphone race.
At the Qualcomm’s event, many other OEM’s announced a roadmap for 5G devices in 2019. HMD Global, HTC, ASUS, Fujitsu, Inseego/Novatel Wireless, LG, Motorola, NetComm Wireless, NETGEAR, OnePlus, OPPO, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony Mobile, Telit, Vivo, WNC, and Xiaomi are the companies that have commenced testing the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem already. Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon announced that the company is expecting at least two major smartphones with 5G support next year, with the first one being released in the first half and the other one late next year.
As mentioned above, the Mi Mix 3 will most likely be the first 5G enabled smartphone. It could also be the first smartphone to ship with 10GB RAM. The company has revealed the smartphone in a video, showcasing its slider display and near bezel-less design. The phone’s display slides down to reveal a 24MP dual camera setup. You can read everything we know about the Mi Mix 3 here.
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