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OnePlus will have a 5G phone with the Snapdragon 855 on EE next year

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Coming sometime in 2019

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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took the stage at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit today to announce that OnePlus will be the first to release a 5G smartphone in Europe, available first on EE.

OnePlus had already announced plans for a 5G smartphone in Europe earlier this year, but today’s announcement cemented a few new details, including the EE partnership and the expected use of Qualcomm’s just-announced Snapdragon 855 processor (and presumably the company’s accompanying X50 5G modem).

But much like Samsung, which promised a 5G phone coming to AT&T and Verizon sometime next year, OnePlus’ announcement is decidedly light on details for now, including a firm release date. Also remaining to be seen is whether or not EE will be able to provide the kind of 5G network that delivers where AT&T and Verizon’s early demonstrations have seemed to fizzle out.