With 2019 being the year of 5G, many manufacturers are lining up 5G handsets - and OnePlus wants to be leading the charge.

The company shared some minor details about the handset at Mobile World Congress, confirming that there would indeed be separate 4G and 5G devices and that the difference between the two would be negligible - but also revealing some other details along the way.

Here's everything we know about the OnePlus 5G so far.

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OnePlus 5G release date and price

  • Spring 2019 release
  • $200-$300 more than OnePlus 6T
  • Launches exclusively on EE

OnePlus said last year it would be one of the first manufacturers to release a 5G smartphone in 2019 joining Samsung, Xiaomi and LG among others.

The launch is likely to be in the late Spring, with EE confirmed to be the network provider in the UK to support the device. We're expecting both the OnePlus 7 and the 5G model to be announced at the same event.

In terms of price Pete Lau, co-founder of OnePlus, has said the OnePlus 5G model is estimated to cost between $200 to $300 more than the OnePlus 6T, which starts at £499. 

At Mobile World Congress, OnePlus suggested a sub-$1000 price point, but wouldn't be drawn on an exact figure. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is confirmed to be €599, which sets an aggressively low price for next-gen handsets. 

OnePlus 5G design

  • Probably very similar to OnePlus 7 design
  • Large display expected

While there is a good indication as to when we might expect the OnePlus 5G phone, not much is currently known about what it might look like aside from that large plastic-encased phone shown at Mobile World Congress. That does show off one design detail - a rather large screen that must be over 6-inches.

We suspect that some of the design will be similar to Oppo's 5G handset - also shown off at MWC - although we'd expect the 10x zoom periscope camera to remain unique to Oppo.

A spokesperson for OnePlus told Cnet Spain that the range would complement the existing range of OnePlus devices but it is not yet clear whether this means it will sit above or below the current OnePlus smartphones. We'd suggest above due to the pricing mentioned above. 

An unreleased OnePlus handset did appear in the hands of CEO Pete Lau in an image posted on Twitter during a supposed OnePlus briefing. The device shown was said to be in design stage and not final - although there's little to verify this is anything other than a red herring. 

OnePlus 5G hardware

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform 
  • Snapdragon X50 5G modem

OnePlus prides itself on offering the same hardware as other devices that cost significantly more so we'd expect the OnePlus 5G smartphone to deliver the same. Aside from 5G support, which will require the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, we'll see the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 under the hood, coupled with at least 6GB of RAM. At least some of the hardware is confirmed.

Beyond that, there's very little to go on. Obviously, with confirmation that the differences between the 5G and 4G handsets will be minimal, what applies to one handset will logically apply to the other.

We'll update with more details as they become known.