Right now, if you want to get your hands on a OnePlus smartphone in the United States, you’ll need to pick one up directly from OnePlus. That might be changing next year, though.
PCMag recently sat down with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau to talk about what’s coming down the pipe for the company. That not only includes a 5G smartphone, but also potential partnerships with U.S. wireless carriers. According to Lau, OnePlus’s relationship with chip manufacturer Qualcomm means it will be one of the first to have a 5G smartphone ready for market in 2019 and that it should sync up with the first year of 5G availability in the U.S.
Part of that launch could be handled by a U.S. carrier. Lau says OnePlus is working with U.S. carriers, but it doesn’t have anything to officially announce just yet. OnePlus does sell smartphones through wireless carriers in Europe, so jumping over to the U.S. would be another milestone for the company. Especially if it can have a 5G-capable handset ready to go as 5G wireless technologies start to roll out.
Interestingly, Lau says that his company is going to keep the OnePlus experience intact, which means that future OnePlus smartphones sold by a U.S. carrier won’t have bloatware. That has to be good news.
If OnePlus does arrive on a wireless carrier in the U.S., will you think about picking one up?