Alongside their new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro smartphones, OnePlus also used their UK event this afternoon to tease their first 5G-capable smartphone: the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. The handset will be one of the first 5G smartphones to hit the UK market later this year. Surprisingly, the device is not bigger than 4G phones from OnePlus, a feature that the manufacturer is very proud of.

Building off of the already capable OnePlus 7 Pro, the 5G variant of the phone adds Qualcomm's discrete Snapdragon X50 5G modem to the mix, giving the phone 5G capabilities on top of its baseline 3G/4G capabilities. As today's reveal was a teaser, OnePlus isn't going too deep into technical specifications here, particularly on sub-6GHz vs. mmWave bands. But as Andrei noted in his live blog, the Snapdragon X50 doesn't support European mmWave bands anyhow, so we're looking at just Sub-6GHz support for the UK-focused phone.

Supporting just Sub-6GHz would also simplify the design of the phone a bit, which would help explain one of the tricks OnePlus used to avoid enlarging the phone to add 5G support. Typically, 5G phones are larger than 4G handsets because of antennas and other peculiarities. OnePlus says that its 5G smartphone uses its own antenna as well as a stacked PCB that enabled it to build a relatively compact 5G handset.

Other than 5G support, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is for all practical purposes a 5G-enabled variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro, with all the features and capabilities. This means the phone is outfitted with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display featuring a 3120x1440 resolution and a 90 Hz refresh rate. Internally, the phone is driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC, paired with up to 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM as well as up to 256 GB of NAND flash storage. And for camera capabilities, the 5G phone comes equipped with a triple-module camera featuring a 48 MP main sensor, a 8 MP telephoto sensor, and a 16 MP wide sensor, as well as a pop-up camera for selfies.

OnePlus will start selling the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G later this year, though it looks like the launch is still a bit off, as the company isn't disclosing a launch date or pricing. The handset will be available from EE that will launch 5G networks later this year in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Birmingham.

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  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - link

    For me as a consumer, 5G seems like the BluRay UHD of transitions. From VHS to DVD was a sizeable increase in comfort and quality and then again from DVD to BluRay. But 1080p to UHD BluRay doesn't seem like a comparably big step up in anything. Same with UMTS / HSPA / LTE and now 5G. Even when I eventually get 5G, it doesn't seem like I will notice it that much. Reply
  • takysoft - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - link

    You are very much mistaken, my friend. The 5G transition is very-very essential nowadays :)

    Just not for you.... It's important for the carriers. 5G in itself can handle waaaaay more connections, which is needed for IOT purposes.

    Pretty much the same es Wifi 6.
    It'll be good for you, but it'll be even better for the providers. (in case of wifi... a stadium full of people can use the same wifi 6 network, which is pretty much impossible with the current wifi 5 standard (or 'ac' if you use the older name of it))

    For you 5G will only be a little more speed, which you won't notice, and a little quicker latency time (ping), which you also won't notice.

    So as of right now, you don't need 5G. Don't pay extra for it!
    But spreading the whole things will be very good for everyone in the long run :)
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  • samerakhras - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - link

    the 5G high bandwidth and low latency at what cost ?

    it does not make sense until the cost is justifiable .

    Even the 4G today is expensive for unlimited Data Plan ,

    lets say you get a 60GB expensive 5G plan , you can download that in one day , whats next ?

    What is the point of the speed or ping or whatsoever when you can use it fully without spending $10000 per month?
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  • MetaCube - Monday, June 17, 2019 - link

    I spend 17€ on an unlimited data plan, how is that expensive ? Reply
  • danielfranklin - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - link

    People seem to quickly forgot what the infancy of the 3g and 4g networks were compared to where they ended up...
    You will see, just wait...
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