OnePlus’ next smartphone could be sold by Verizon, a leading wireless carrier. A report from Android Police suggests that OnePlus 8 will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless after its release. It is expected to launch sometime later this year. The report also says that the phone is likely to come with 5G hardware. If the sources are to be believed, this is the first time a phone from this manufacturer will be sold by Verizon. Other OnePlus devices have supported Verizon’s 4G network. Since the OnePlus 8 is expected to come with 5G support, it might work with Verizon’s millimetre wave. This is available in 31 US cities as of now.
According to Android Police, the OnePlus 8 model that might be sold by Verizon will be the standard variant. It is not likely to be larger than the OnePlus 8 Pro model. The device will come pre-loaded with Verizon’s standard apps and features. This includes support for VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling. The very first US carrier to sell a OnePlus device was T-Mobile. This was when OnePlus 6T launched towards the end of 2018. The fact that Verizon is now part of the team is definitely a major plus point for OnePlus. It is expected that they will now enjoy a larger audience to whom they were previously not very well-known. This works out well for all parties involved since OnePlus tends to price its phones quite aggressively. Chances are, even today, that Verizon’s customers might be able to get lower monthly bills while enjoying top features.
Although not a lot is known about this alliance, one thing is quite sure. The alliance is going forward with the release of OnePlus 8. This smartphone is expected to be released in the US with Verizon. The phone will come with 5G connectivity. Where T-Mobile is the only US carrier for OnePlus phones right now, the list will expand with the inclusion of Verizon with the upcoming release.
Quite recently, OnePlus flaunted its Concept One phone at CES 2020. The eye-catching feature included a disappearing camera. On January 13th, in China, the company is expected to demonstrate new “screen technology”. While we don’t know much about this tech and what exactly it could be, we do know that OnePlus shared a graphic regarding the same. In that, we see glass panels stacked on top of one another. Is there any chance the OnePlus 8 will have this new tech or is it for an upcoming device? All we know is that it could replace the pop-up selfie cam for a hole-punch display.
Issues with past models
The OnePlus 7 Pro, the previous version of the model, was released in May of last year. It priced quite low when compared to others in the series. It was available for purchase with T-Mobile. However, soon after, T-Mobile stopped its sale of the 7T Pro model. The carrier started selling OnePlus 7T sometime in October, which sells for less. Another point of concern with OnePlus is the two data breaches the company has unfortunately gone through in the last couple of years.