At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced that the company will launch its next flagship smartphone in the second quarter of this year. While the name of the OnePlus’ next flagship is not official yet, Lau added that the smartphone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood.
Lau told CNET in an interview that OnePlus is planning to release its next flagship device as early as the 2018 Q2, which means that the company is targeting a timeframe of the months April to June this year. He also added that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, which was unveiled last year in December. “Of course, there’s no other choice,” Lau said on the choice of the processor. OnePlus is expected to pursue Samsung’s launch of its flagship devices – Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ – which were recently confirmed by the company’s mobile head to be unveiled at MWC 2018.
In the interview, Lau also revealed that the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 will receive the beta versions of the face unlock, which was introduced in OnePlus 5T. However, he did not mention OnePlus 5 in his statements if it will also join the two smartphones to gain the face unlock feature. OnePlus recently launched the 5T to catch up with the trend of larger-than-usual 18:9 displays in smartphones. This move, though already committed earlier by OnePlus, infuriated the buyers of OnePlus 5, which was launched just six months earlier. The OnePlus 5T currently has four colour variants – Midnight Black, Star Wars Limited Edition, Sandstone White, and Lava Red, which was introduced in India earlier this week.
OnePlus is also making efforts to gain a foothold in the US market, Lau said in the interview. The company would begin talking to major US carriers to start selling OnePlus devices clubbed with offers this year. He, however, did not provide any timeline as to when the deals will be signed. “If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment,” he said. OnePlus has a low-key presence in the US and the company wants to change that.