Wait for Better 5G Speeds (& Carrier Support)
The "next big thing" in mobile is clearly 5G. And while we don't think it'll actually be useful and worth buying a 5G phone until 2021, or later, it'll be a big selling point for most companies this year. Even though it's not quite ready yet, or mature enough, it's going to be all we hear about for the next 6-18 months. Don't buy into it yet, not until it works better, further, through walls, and won't kill your battery life.
That all said if you're a big fan or excited about 5G you might want to skip the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren edition (yes, that mouthful is truly its name) and wait for the OnePlus 8 instead. It'll have better 5G support and by the time the OP8 is released, 5G will have better adoption and be more mature as a platform.
Not only will the mention of 5G speeds and support be the main feature, it'll potentially work with several different carriers in the United States and around the globe. OnePlus CEO even confirmed they're releasing 5G phones in the very near future. We're hoping the OnePlus 8 Pro will simply be the name, and all models will have 5G, rather than release a third OnePlus 8 Pro 5G variant. We'll have to wait and see. All US carriers added 5G cities to kickoff 2020, so this is officially the year of 5G with all S20 models only coming as 5G phones.
Perhaps the even bigger news is the fact that Verizon will carry OnePlus phones this year. This is a rumor from reliable sources, suggesting the brand is finally growing past T-Mobile in the US. This is big news. Until now, OnePlus phones were only available unlocked or from T-Mobile in the US, they work on AT&T, and Verizon, but not officially.
It looks like Verizon could carry some 5G version of the all-new OnePlus 8 and then the OnePlus 8T Pro. Now that we're seeing how great and successful its phones can be, we have a feeling this year they'll see wider adoption, especially as they embrace 5G technology.
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