After mushrooming from an ‘invites only’ smartphone manufacturer to a premium OEM with high-end specifications at affordable pricing smartphones, OnePlus has truly come a long way since its launch in 2014. It recently launched OnePlus 6 which took the world by storm due to its Snapdragon 845 processor with 6/8GB RAM in a $550 to $650 price bracket has truly left an impression on other premium smartphone manufacturers and now, OnePlus is gearing up for its official release in the United States with T-Mobile, one of the four major US carrier where OnePlus would roll out its upcoming OnePlus 6T.
According to the report published by CNET, OnePlus will launch its upcoming OnePlus 6T in October which will be an advanced version of OnePlus 6 launched In May. The smartphone will be launched as a standard global version that would compatibly work with T-Mobile, AT&T, and in fact all networks overseas except Sprints and Verizon. The smartphone is expected to be priced at $550 wherein it features high-end specifications to compete for head-on with the likes of Samsung and Apple’ high-end smartphones such as Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, or iPhone X respectively.
OnePlus was earlier sold in the U.S. through its online website, however, after joining with T-Mobile which is a major U.S. carrier, it would actually translate into increased volume sales as said by Avi Greengart of Global Data. Generally, when a smartphone manufacturer tries to enter the U.S. market with a carrier, it would rather invest a fortune with a cheap smartphone but with OnePlus, the matter is different as it will be releasing its flagship smartphone due to its cult following that it has garnered over the years.
During an interview with Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus in January 2018, he stated that he would begin talking with the U.S. carrier and now, it’s this update that OnePlus has finally joined hands with T-Mobile which is a GSM-based network carrier. The reason why OnePlus selected T-Mobile over Sprint or Verizon is due to the fact that the last two carriers work on CDMA network which requires different sets of components and OnePlus doesn’t have the resource right now even after it belongs to a group that owns Vivo and Oppo.
Moreover, the testing standards followed by Verizon are stringent to quality. As of now, we know that OnePlus hasn’t officially joined hands with T-Mobile as it will have to qualify its testing phase only after which, OnePlus will get a technical approval and a space on T-Mobile’s stores and websites that will boost the sales of OnePlus smartphones in the U.S. market, something many companies such as Huawei have been trying to achieve for years now.
Once OnePlus qualifies the testing phase, OnePlus 6T will be rolled out optimized to operate of 600 megahertz band on T-Mobile’ networks for faster and better coverage. The upcoming OnePlus 6T is likely to resemble Oppo R17 as the OnePlus resembles much like Oppo R15 which is OnePlus’ sister company belonging to the same group called BBK Electronics.