A 5G smartphone from OnePlus is set to become Sprint’s fourth 5G device behind the LG V50, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and HTC 5G Hub. Sprint’s 5G network is currently available in parts of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City, and it’s due to arrive in parts of LA, New York, Phoenix, and Washington, DC within weeks. An exact release date, pricing, and specifications for the new smartphone are yet to be revealed.
In its announcement, Sprint doesn’t explicitly say which 5G OnePlus phone is coming to its network. Currently, the company produces a single 5G smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, which launched alongside the UK’s first 5G network at the beginning of June. However, the company is widely expected to reveal a follow-up later this year, similar to how the OnePlus 6T followed the release of the OnePlus 6 in 2018.
Unlike Verizon, Sprint isn’t using mmWave technology to provide its current 5G coverage. This means that you might not see the same gigabit speeds that we’ve seen on Verizon’s network; instead, you’ll get a larger coverage area. When we tried Sprint’s network for ourselves, we got an average download speed of around 100 Mbps using an LG V50, and we also found that the signal indoors was much better. The network might not yet be an order of magnitude quicker than 4G, but it’s much more consistent than the kinds of real-world speeds you typically get from current-gen networks.