Currently in Hong Kong the conference 4G/5G is taking place and plenty of manufacturers have taken the stage to announce their next steps into the next-gen connectivity world. Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder, said his team will be among the two manufacturers with actual plans to launch a 5G-enabled flagship, likely called OnePlus 7.
Cristiano Amon and Carl Pei on the stage of the 4G/5G summit in Hong Kong
Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm, announced at least two flagships are expected to arrive next year, when Carl Pei joined him on stage to say the OnePlus smartphone will appear in H1 2019. It will rely on the Snapdragon X50 modem with the downsized QTM052 mmWave antenna module, announced at the conference.
Along with OnePlus, plenty of manufacturers also stated their allegiance to Qualcomm and their path to 5G connectivity. The list of companies that will launch smartphones with the X50 5G NR modem are Asus, HMD Global, LG, Motorola, Oppo, Sony, vivo, Xiaomi, among others.
The big names missing from the announcement are Huawei and Samsung which have their own production lines. Apple is also nowhere to be seen, but that is probably due to the complicated relationship between the San Diego chipset manufacturer and Cupertino.