In the run-up to Mobile World Congress 2019, OnePlus confirmed that it would be showing off its forthcoming 5G handset on the Qualcomm stand.
True to its word, the OnePlus 5G phone is on show in Barcelona, but there’s a catch. OnePlus and Qualcomm are using this as an opportunity to demonstrate that the hardware exists and that it will perform on a 5G network.
So what you have is a phone encased in a white plastic shroud, under a canopy, with the real design of the phone far from prying eyes. There’s nothing you can discern about the new handset, except that it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with X50 modem and that it looks to have a pretty big display.
The gaming demo uses a game that only puts about 20MB of data on the phone, with the rest streaming. That’s why it’s a great showcase for 5G, because you’re getting a lag-free experience thanks to the performance of 5G. Yes, in this instance it’s running on a 5G network that Qualcomm and Ericsson have setup on the stand, especially to demo 5G.
So we still don’t know too much about OnePlus’ plans; we don’t know if this is going to be the OnePlus 6T with new hardware, we don’t know if this will be a variant of the OnePlus 7. We did see some of the setup of the demo on the booth and we did catch a glimpse of the phone out of the white container – and it was black, surprise, surprise.
That’s all we’ve got on the OnePlus 5G phone so far – but we do know that Pete Lau and Carl Pei – OnePlus founder and CEO – are scheduled to talk on various 5G panels over the next couple of days, so we’ll be sure to update with an information we learn.
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