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OnePlus to launch 5G smartphone next year, partners EE

Press Trust of India  |  Hawaii 

Chinese handset maker will join the growing roster of rolling out their with a flagship device next year, featuring the latest Snapdragon 855 mobile platform.

Speaking at the Snapdragon Tech Summit here, said the company will have the first flagship to feature the Snapdragon 855 that will be rolled out next year in in partnership with telecom operator,

Lau did not share any more details of the planned device, but said "we know that the 855 is the most powerful chipset, it is definitely the one and only choice for our phone".

However, it remains to be seen whether the handset will make its way to India, which is a key market for

services -- which promise to bring in faster data speeds for users -- are expected to be rolled out in the US, parts of Europe, South Korea, and in 2019.

In India, such a rollout would happen after spectrum auction. While the is yet to announce a specific timeline, the industry wants spectrum auction to be held in the later part of 2019.

The is also upbeat on 5G deployment in the country with recently saying that "cannot afford to miss the 5G bus". Apart from higher internet speed, the advent of the fifth generation of or 5G will also enable of things (IoT) deployment that would significantly impact sectors like manufacturing, retail, education and healthcare, among others.

had on Tuesday said it expects to bring its first flagship to the US in the first half of 2019 that will use the Snapdragon 855 mobile platform with the 5G X50 modem.

Lau said OnePlus has also been collaborating with for 5G since 2017. "We are thrilled by its powerful performance and 5G capabilities. OnePlus will continue to bring its users the best and the best user experience possible," he added.

Citing a report by research firm Counterpoint, Lau said OnePlus held a 30 per cent share in the premium category (Rs 30,000 and above) in during the July-September 2018 quarter, taking the top spot for two consecutive quarters ahead of rivals, and

He pointed out that including OnePlus, the premium market in grew by 44 per cent in the first half of 2018.

However, minus OnePlus numbers, the premium segment shrunk by 12 per cent, reflecting the strong growth being seen by the brand, he added.

OnePlus has recently launched its handset in India -- a key market for the company. In August, Lau had said India accounted for about one-third of OnePlus' revenues last year and is set to become the second home ground for the company.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 10:25 IST