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(Pocket-lint) - We already knew that OnePlus was developing a 5G phone but now it has confirmed it will be bringing 5G handsets to Mobile World Congress (MWC) late this month. 

In an email, OnePlus confirmed to Pocket-lint that attendees to the show will be able to "connect and communicate with our community over a 5G network".

We're not entirely sure what that involves, but there will also be a gaming demo over a 5G network, too: "attendees will also be able to experience the capabilities of 5G gaming on a OnePlus 5G prototype."

So that means we'll definitely see a OnePlus 5G phone there of some type - OnePlus confirmed it would be doing a 5G phone last autumn while OnePlus and Qualcomm announced in December that it would use Qualcomm's own Snapdragon 855 platform alongside the X50 modem. 

At CES 2019, Qualcomm had a handful of prototype handsets on its booth including one from OnePlus' parent company Oppo, labelled as the Find X 5G.  

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The OnePlus 7 is not being announced at MWC - we're expecting that later in the Spring or early Summer. What's not clear is whether OnePlus' 5G phone will be a variant of the OnePlus 7 or a completely different device. 

Qualcomm designed the X50 modem as an "add-on" chip separate to the main 855 platform. That means we'll see two versions of some phones this year, one with and one without the X50.

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5G networks are set to launch in mid-to-late 2019 both in the UK and US. 

Writing by Dan Grabham. Originally published on 11 February 2019.