While several smartphone players are banging hard on AI, OnePlus isn't going to jump on the bandwagon anytime soon. Speaking with CNET at CES in Las Vegas this week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau revealed that the OnePlus 6 "could" come late in the second quarter, just like the OnePlus 5 in 2017.
OnePlus has had stateside presence since the OnePlus One's unveiling, but it's been limited to its online store, which sells unlocked OnePlus devices and accessories. Either way we'll have to wait and see, but if OnePlus skips on the OnePlus 6T, would you be disappointed?
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He also confirmed that the next OnePlus device will be launching at the end of Q2 like past year.
Lau revealed the launch window to CNET. The company initially required that those buying its phones have an invitation from OnePlus to make the purchase. Most recently, the company also released a special Sandstone White version of the 5T, which sold out nearly instantly in the U.S. Striking a deal with a carrier could potentially increase deamand for the Chinese brand, given close to 90 per cent people in the United States purchase their smartphones via carriers. Hence, selling its phones through carriers will certain allow OnePlus to increase its market share in the U.S.
The Snapdragon 845 was first announced by Qualcomm back in December, and Samsung is expected to be one of the very first Android smartphone makers to put it it inside one of its new flagship smartphones for 2018, the Galaxy S9. If manages to partner with carriers, it will be a huge boost for the Chinese company, especially considering what happened to the recent Huawei and AT&T deal.