05 November 2019
OnePlus 7T Pro, the latest entrant in the OnePlus smartphones’ family holds minimal upgrades over the OnePlus 7 Pro. A few things could have been just added to OnePlus 7 Pro but left out in order to minimize the price. OnePlus launched a total of four smartphones this year and targeted different price ranges. But it’s not only about the upgrades as OnePlus also decided to cut down a key support from the topmost “flagship.”
With a decisive move, OnePlus didn’t bring the 5G version of the OnePlus 7T Pro and left us wondering why there’s no 5G support in the highest-end device when it’s available with the OnePlus 7 Pro. Now, the company has opened up and explained its strategy behind this odd omission.
While speaking to a small group of publications, Pete Lau, OnePlus CEO stated that the company simply hasn’t seen enough of an opportunity to launch a second 5G device.
“It’s not related to a Pro series or T-series or another device that certainly must have 5G,” the CEO said. “It’s more looking at what are the circumstances and what’s a suitable opportunity to build a 5G device.”
OnePlus is undoubtedly the one among the smartphone makers which have released their first 5G device this year. So, the opportunity hasn’t been untouched for the company. But it didn’t believe the need for another 5G device so early.
Lau further said that the company’s aim was to push the boundaries with the OnePlus 7 Pro. “If the tech is received well,” he said, “our intention has been to bring it to the wider series, so to the future series of devices.” And, that’s how we see the 90Hz display coming to the OnePlus 7T as well.
Lau also admitted that the 5G is likely to become a trend next year but refused to be drawn on whether we would see a 5G-enabled variant of the standard OnePlus 8.
We believe the 5G network will start becoming more mainstream from next year and during the second half of 2020, we may see manufacturers employing the capability in their standard variants as well, which, however, could also happen in the first half of 2021, though. There are a number of key factors to believe in this possibility. Not every country is 5G ready yet, for instance, India which is the key market for OnePlus may not even get the 5G by next year. So, it should take good time to start available even on the variants of standard phones.