The OnePlus 8 will not have a 4G version; Complete bet on 5G
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It is expected that during the month of April the new series of OnePlus 8 phones will be announced. The line will be made up of the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and a new model called OnePlus 8 Lite. Currently being establishing the 5G trend in smartphoneswhich inevitably raises the final cost of the product. Therefore, perhaps many OnePlus users they expected that the new OnePlus 8 line will have 4G versions where they could save some money, since 5G is so little extended. However, this will not be the case in the end.
Our next launch lineup is 5G-ready. Are you? pic.twitter.com/BHoVpKk04c
– OnePlus (@oneplus) March 10, 2020
OnePlus official Twitter account has revealed that its Any next line will be compatible with 5G networks. The above means that There will be no new OnePlus phone that is only compatible with 4G networks, at least with the next line. OnePlus is expected to announce the OnePlus 8 series next month. Both the standard model and the Pro model of the OP 8 series will work with a Qualcomm processor, which is the Snapdragon 865. This was to be expected, and has been confirmed by Pete Lau in the tweet below.
OnePlus has worked with Qualcomm since our start. We kicked off the 5G era with them, and we can't wait to see what's next. @cristianoamon @Qualcomm
– Pete Lau (@PeteLau) March 10, 2020
The Snapdragon 865 is a chipset that does not have a directly built-in 5G modem. The hardware vendor decided to offer manufacturers its new SoC in conjunction with the 5G modem external Snapdragon X55 in order to offer a more powerful product. This means that any manufacturer that wants to incorporate the Snapdragon 865 you must purchase it in a combo with the modemThey are not offered separately.
There may be 4G phones with the Snapdragon 865
Therefore, it was thought that every phone with the S865 is necessarily compatible with 5G, but it is not. iQOO has shown that you can have a 4G phone powered by Snapdragon 865 processor. The iQOO 3 has a 4G version powered by Qualcomm's flagship processor. The explanation presented is that 5G support was simply disabled on the device. It remains to be seen whether other manufacturers will do the same to provide an option for markets where 5G is not yet available, and thus be able to make its price a little more affordable as well.
The OnePlus 8 series will be the first of the manufacturer to count with support for 5G networks. In addition, they are also expected to be the first OnePlus to support wireless charging. Finally, the devices will also come with AMOLED perforated screens and a refresh rate of 120Hz.
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