The Chinese pioneer smartphone brand OnePlus at the CES 2018, has officially confirmed the arrival plan of its next flagship smartphone. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told CNET that the next OnePlus smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset. The timeframe for the launch is Q2 which will presumably be June according to the company’s launch schedule.
During the same interview, CEO also revealed the possibility of OnePlus speaking with US carriers. CNET quotes Lau as saying, “If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment”. OnePlus smartphones are available in the US, but the company doesn’t have a partnership with any leading mobile carrier.
Smartphones come paired with carriers in the US. Over the past few years, the sales have seen a significant rise. It is believed that OnePlus striking a deal with a US carrier will help boost the company’s sales. OnePlus will hopefully not disappoint like Huawei did when the company’s anticipated AT&T partnership didn’t come through.
Coming back to the OnePlus’ upcoming flagship smartphone, The CEO did not clearly mention the name of the device but we predict it will be OnePlus 6. Powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the ‘OnePlus 6’ would join Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series smartphones which will also have the same chipset.
However, the most expected upgrades on the OnePlus 6 include an efficient and improved facial recognition technology. Following the Apple iPhone X’s Face ID, OnePlus introduced Face Unlock on the OnePlus 5 last year. OnePlus 6 may also feature an under display fingerprint sensor. Vivo unveiled the first smartphone with under display fingerprint sensor at CES 2018.