OnePlus has confirmed that they will be launching a 5G smartphone come 2019, but when exactly in 2019 will the phone launch? According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in a recent interview, he revealed that the company is hoping to launch the device by the end of May 2019.
However, he also stated that the 5G product might not sell well compared to previous launches. Speaking through an interpreter, he said,
“The 5G product is not expected to equate to huge sales. It’s still in the early stages but by 2020 it could be very different”.
Part of the reason why the 5G OnePlus smartphone might not necessarily be a hot seller is due to costs. Previously Lau had stated that he expected that using the new technology could cost an extra $200-$300 more compared to the company’s regular smartphones, which means that the phone could be close to the $1,000 mark, although this is something that Lau states that they are trying to avoid.
However, we imagine that customers who might be used to OnePlus phones being priced somewhat reasonably might be put off by the price hike all the same. Either way, we’ll have to wait and see.