Slowly but surely OnePlus arrives at the top of the prizes. The highlight could be the beginning of 2019, the OnePlus 7 with 5G support.
OnePlus wants to be one of the first manufacturers with a 5G smartphone, which has been confirmed several times. This also means that we will deliver in early 2019 and not in the second half of the year. This means that we will see the model with the OnePlus 7 and not the OnePlus 7T.
But the 5G model should be different from the normal OnePlus 7. Both are likely to have the upcoming Snapdragon 8150 (new name for the SD 855) under the hood, but only the 5G model gets the X50 modem from Qualcomm. The normal OnePlus 7 still has LTE.
But back to the 5G model, that is to be 100 euros more expensive. We are talking about 649 euros as the starting price, while the OnePlus 6T was still $590. How expensive the model without 5G will be but is unclear.
Well, 100 euros for 5G support in early 2019, you can handle. And understand, after all, not everyone will need / want and make a detour. Let’s see if 5G will be the only difference in the end, or maybe OnePlus will add more extras to the more expensive model.
What I’m really curious about: If you raise the price of the OnePlus 7 with 5G by 100 euros, then you will reduce the price of the OnePlus 7T (I do not think that you consistently come with two versions), or the 649 Euro then be the new price in a year.
I think the OnePlus 7 with LTE will cost “only” 20-30 euros more and have the usual increase. But with this strategy you could cleverly raise the price in the second half of the year.
Sooner or later, OnePlus will have to take that step. You want to grow and be represented at the network operators. Latest with 5G. And they also want to earn something. So OnePlus has to gradually raise prices so you can earn something yourself.
The advantage of OnePlus: I do not think that the other manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung will lower their prices again, on the contrary. Even $700 seem almost like an attractive price in this day and age.
Next, let’s review some of the historical news about OnePlus 7:
06.12.2018 – At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit on December 5th in Hawaii, OnePlus announced that it will be working with operator EE in Europe to launch the first commercial 5G smartphone *. This now seems to confirm that OnePlus will set the OnePlus 7 to 5G.
11/20/2018 – The new OnePlus 7 could be the first smartphone with 5G next year, but it looks like the company is paying dearly for it. Run fudzilla to start the prices for the new devices with 5G from $700 – that would be about 100 euros more than the current models.
23.10.2018 – Pete Lau had already announced 5G-capable devices for Oneplus for 2019 and the question was, therefore, in itself, only if there will already be the OnePlus 7 with 5G or if the OnePlus 7T will be the first with 5G on the Market brings. At a Qualcomm event, there were again hints that it will probably already be so far at the OnePlus 7 – so that could be the models with the first devices with 5G Internet.
12.08.2018 – Samsung * has installed a water cooling system in the Note 9 and also Xiaomi * uses this technique in the Pocophone F1 to make the devices even faster and more powerful. If OnePlus wants to continue to differentiate performance and build the fastest smartphone * in the Android * area, the company must probably rely on technology. It is not yet clear, however, if and how OnePlus will react.
04.08.2018 – For the upcoming OnePlus 6T some pictures have turned up and if they are real, there might be a change in the design for the upcoming OnePlus 7 as well. Specifically, the company no longer relies on a wide cutout for the technology at the top, but only on a very small area. It remains to be seen whether this will be the same with the OnePlus 7.