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(Pocket-lint) - OnePlus has revealed that it is working on a 5G handset for a 2019 release and that it will be one of the first manufacturers to release a phone with the new superfast data technology.

Joining Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon on stage during a mobile data summit in Hong Kong, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed that next year's flagship OnePlus smartphone will be 5G.


He didn't name the phone, but sticking with the company's naming traditions we can safely presume that it will be the OnePlus 7.

Pei claimed that OnePlus will be one of the first, if not the first, manufacturer to come to market with a 5G phone.

His team have been working with Qualcomm on 5G tests at the chip maker's headquarters in San Diego.

Earlier, Qualcomm chief Amon said that the first device to sport its new Snapdragon X50 5G modem will appear in the first quarter of next year, so you can put two and two together as to when the OnePlus 7 could appear.

OnePlus is currently gearing up to release its latest handset, the OnePlus 6T, globally, with events in New York and India. You can watch the live community event here on Pocket-lint from 3pm BST on Monday 29 October.

Writing by Rik Henderson.