After a spectacular run with its current flagship model - the OnePlus 5T - phone manufacturer OnePlus has confirmed that it will come out with its next flagship phone late in the second quarter of this year. Although the company hasn't confirmed the name yet, but the OnePlus 6 seems to be more possible and was earlier confirmed by a Snapdragon 845 SoC leak too. OnePlus has recently taken the mainstream smartphone market by storm and OnePlus 6 is expected to expand that even further! Striking a deal with a carrier could potentially increase deamand for the Chinese brand, given close to 90 per cent people in the United States purchase their smartphones via carriers.
Lau was also questioned regarding the possiblity of a follow-up OnePlus 6T to launch inside 2018 as well, following the firm's habit with the OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5/5T.
It is possible that given OnePlus doesn't have access to the same amount of resources that companies like Apple or Samsung that they are being more selective of what they release, choosing to focus on one handset instead of multiple.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau made the statement at the Bellagio on Wednesday, saying that talks with major US carriers could begin this year, CNET reports. But that may soon change as OnePlus plans to begin talks with carriers this year. CNET quotes Lau as saying, "If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment". He said the phone would launch late in Q2, which would place the release date in June.
Striking a deal with USA carriers would be a big step for OnePlus, which has only sold its devices directly to customers. The OnePlus 5T users can unlock the smartphone using their face with the help of the front camera. If manages to partner with carriers, it will be a huge boost for the Chinese company, especially considering what happened to the recent Huawei and AT&T deal.