The Chinese company is sticking to its trend of launching a new smartphone at the end of Q2 2018, meaning in June 2018. The smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. Lau also said that OnePlus will initiate collaboration with USA telecom carriers in the coming months.
In an interview with CNET at CES, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the firm's next flagship - no doubt set to arrive as the OnePlus 6 - will be unveiled in "late Q2 2018", which means a June launch is likely on the cards. "Of course, there's no other choice", Lau said. Also, the hardware setup will be similar to that of the iPhone X and that the OP6 will make use of an infrared 3D camera module, which will be located on the front of the device.
He also said that there is no confirmation of a second device (OnePlus 6T) that could be launched in late-2018. After all, OnePlus smartphones in 2016 and 2017 were all powered by Qualcomm's flagship chips like Snapdragon 820, 821 and 835 SoC.
In terms of sales, the OnePlus 5T is their fastest and best-selling product yet and they are looking to increase its reach through USA telcos this year.
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"If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment", Pete Lau added. 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. Though OnePlus is gaining momentum in the U.S., the company is yet to replicate its global success in the country due to the lack of a deal with any major carrier.
But the chief person did not reveal any more details on the same.
Apart from the upcoming launch, Lau also said OnePlus will start talking to US-based telecom carriers this year in order to strike a distribution deal. 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.
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