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OnePlus wants to begin talks with United States carriers

12 January 2018

OnePlus set sales records late previous year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company's fastest and best-selling phone. At the same time, they are also in talks with U.S. telcos to launch their phones under these telcos in hopes that it will bring more awareness to United States customers.

Following rumours from the end of past year, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the company's plans to launch a OnePlus 6 flagship handset in June 2018.

OnePlus 6 is also rumoured to feature a more secure version of their "Face Unlock" technology which had debuted with the OnePlus 5T.

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In addition, Lau said the handset would be based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset saying "there's no other choice" than Qualcomm hardware. However, if OnePlus plans to let go of the mid-year update cycle, the company will have to build OnePlus 6 in a way that it stays relevant throughout the year. Lau stated that he "wasn't 100 percent sure if OnePlus would sell a second phone in 2018". The CEO also pointed out that the OnePlus 5T is now the company's fastest and best-selling product.

Analysts estimate that 85% to 90% of USA consumers purchase their phones through their carrier, which means that OnePlus is now missing out on this huge segment of the market. The smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. Lau also said that OnePlus will initiate collaboration with U.S. telecom carriers in the coming months.

Last year, OnePlus had launched the OnePlus 5 in the month of June. As already reported, this deal fell through and the Chinese firm's CEO blasted USA carriers for the failed arrangement.

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While talking about making its phones available through the USA carriers Lau said that only when the right opportunity and time arrives, OnePlus will consider experimenting with it. Market analysts have estimated that around 85 percent to 90 percent consumers in the US purchase smartphones through their carrier.

We've known for quite some time that a new OnePlus phone was in the works to follow up the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but we didn't know when we should expect to see it.

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OnePlus wants to begin talks with United States carriers