OnePlus 5G prototype to debut at Mobile World Congress

5G devices to shine at the Mobile World Congress 2019. (AFP pic)

OnePlus announced has that a prototype of its first 5G-compatible smartphone will be on display at the Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks.

Several smartphone manufacturers are expected to be debuting 5G devices at this year’s annual Mobile World Congress: Samsung, LG, and Huawei are just a few of the companies expected to show off phones with the newest standard of cellular mobile communications and, as of Monday, OnePlus will be joining that list, as reported by XDADevelopers.

Naturally, the device will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and X50 modem, since 5G connection requires both. Also in December at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated that this 5G handset will likely cost about US$200 or US$300 more than the brand’s 6T; considering that the 6T starts at US$549, the 5G model is expected to start around US$750 – US$850.

The device is expected to arrive in the UK first on EE, as CNET reported back in December, as early as the end of May. This is two months behind the folding Galaxy S10e’s alleged launch. Oppo and Xiaomi are likely to release their 5G models sometime this spring, as well, but we’ll have to wait for the MWC for the official release dates.

The Mobile World Congress runs from February 25 to February 28.