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Sprint is adding another 5G device to its smartphone list from OnePlus which it announced in August 2019. However, the carrier isn’t announcing the phone’s name, release date or price as of yet. It will be in addition to the Galaxy S10 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ, and the HTC 5G Hub.
OnePlus is known for its powerful, flagship phones which are sold at upper mid-range prices, and the company already has a 5G-capable smartphone in Europe. The model is the OnePlus 7 Pro G 5G which is available in the U.K. A OnePlus spokesperson said that it is “unclear if this is the phone that will make its way to Sprint” in the U.S. And that all questions regarding this new phone should be directed to Sprint. However, a Sprint spokesperson said that the carrier isn’t commenting anymore on the release at this time.
OnePlus generally releases two new smartphones every year. The OnePlus 7 Pro shipped to the U.S. in May 2019, and a T-variation of the same phone is expected this coming fall. Last year OnePlus shipped the OnePlus 6 early in the year, and the OnePlus 6T later. While the OnePlus 7 Pro in the United States doesn’t feature 5G connectivity, the next model, possibly the OnePlus 7T, is expected to have this feature. And there is a good chance that the soon-to-be-available Sprint and OnePlus phone model will be this device, especially since both companies are keeping the model secret so far.
Sprint has 5G service in a limited number of cities in the U.S. including some areas around Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Kansas City, Missouri. The company plans to expand 5G coverage to areas of New York, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Los Angeles in the near future. Sprint is using midband spectrum in its 5G rollout. According to Digital Trends,
Mid-band spectrum provides faster coverage and lower latency than you’ll find on low-band. It does, however, fail to penetrate buildings as well as low-band spectrum. Expect peak speeds up to 1Gbps on mid-band spectrum.
With the midband that Sprint is using in the 5G rollout, you can expect to see speeds from approximately 300 to 500Mbps. Its range is greater than the millimeter wave spectrum currently used by Verizon and AT&T. With network speeds intermittent, you may want to wait for more 5G coverage before you upgrade. Whatever the new device from OnePlus is, it will probably only be able to be used on the Sprint network. That’s because 5G phones are being locked down to specific carriers right now. That means that if you switch from Sprint to Verizon, or any other carrier, you’ll need a new 5G phone.