OnePlus is clearly focused on 5G, and has announced multiple times that it intends to be one of the first companies to bring a 5G handset to market. Many have wondered what this means for the company's typical line-up, and now it sounds as though this 5G phone will definitely not be the OnePlus 7. It's something entirely new.
This news comes from a report from CNET Spain, whose sources claim the OnePlus 5G will actually be a brand new phone - separate and distinct from the standard lineup. It'll also have a different naming format as a result, and likely means the phone will be a more expensive device than people are used to.
OnePlus has always been big on keeping costs down, and it's spoken at great length about how it's not willing to needlessly push new technology if it's not justifiable. Considering 5G services aren't set to launch until next year at the earliest, it's going to be out of reach of most people for a good few years. By splitting the 5G services into a separate lineup OnePlus can continue working on the technology without having to make its loyal customers pay for inefficient hardware they likely won't use.
The report also claims OnePlus will be unveiling the phone at MWC in Barcelona, which is set to take place at the end of February. If that's the case, I have to ask what OnePlus's mysterious January event is going to be about. That would be the ideal time to unveil a new 5G phone, right at the tail-end of the CES rush and well in advance of MWC - where Samsung is likely to hog the spotlight for yet another year.