OnePlus Won't Sacrifice Style for Substance on Its 5G Phones

By Shabana Arif on at

OnePlus co-founder Peter Lau says customers who want 5G and a slim form factor for their smartphones are shit out of luck, because he doesn't want to make "thick and ugly" phones.

There aren't many 5G phones on the market right now, but Lau noted that they'll suck your phone dry when it comes to battery life, and to accommodate that, devices would need significantly bigger batteries - but who wants to go back to the days of yesteryear when everyone had a brick with an antenna sticking out of it crammed into their pockets?

“[Consumers] want the battery to last longer. To address this particular need, we could increase the battery size and make the device thicker but from our perspective this isn’t a best plan of action," he explained, via Trusted Reviews.

"Our customers want a device that is thin and light, but they also want it to last all day. That’s the ideal device. But 5G brings the challenge of a phone that’s harder to keep at the same size."

OnePlus is one of the first manufacturers to release a 5G phone with its OnePlus 7 Pro, set to launch on May 14.

Samsung's Galaxy S10 is also 5G capable, and Huawei is unveiling its first 5G phone for the UK next week.