OnePlus sold 249% more 6T units in the US than 6, doesn't rule out smaller phone for the future
The figure comes straight from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, speaking in an interview with PCMag. He hasn't shared actual sales numbers, but did reveal that the entire team is really happy with how things are going for the company in the US at the moment.
The OnePlus 6 sold more than a million units globally in the first 22 days of its availability earlier this year, but since Pete Lau's statement above refers only to US sales of the 6T, we can't really draw any definitive conclusions.OnePlus 6T
Lau did once again address the removal of the headset jack in the OnePlus 6T, saying that "it was a very painful decision", but one that needed to be done - "as the screen gets bigger and bigger, with a bigger battery, it limits the space" inside the phone. He conceded that the company can't satisfy everyone.
Interestingly, he hasn't ruled out OnePlus launching a smaller phone in the future, but there's a huge caveat. In Lau's words: "if we can solve the battery problem, we would definitely make a smaller one. I see a lot of demand for this kind of size. But looking at the industry, the technology of batteries hasn't changed too much over all these years".
So don't get too excited just yet - OnePlus wants to deliver very good battery life even from a smaller form factor, and apparently that's not really plausible at the moment.
Regarding 5G, Lau has confirmed once more that OnePlus is working on a phone with the technology for EE in the UK. That carrier uses frequency bands below 6 GHz, just like T-Mobile and Sprint will in the US. On the other hand, millimeter wave tech (that is apparently going to be used by AT&T and Verizon) is harder to build for.
"The whole industry knows that it's easier to build for sub-6 than for millimeter wave", Lau said, adding that he believes OnePlus will find a solution for millimeter wave sometime next year. Unfortunately, he also confirmed what many consider to be the dark side of 5G: at the beginning, there will have to be custom 5G phones for each carrier's network. No interoperability whatsoever, no hopping from one 5G carrier to the next.
Finally, Lau said OnePlus is still working on a smart TV, but the team dealing with that has been given plenty of time to come up with ideas of how to make such a device "burdenless". "We don't have a launch date now. We will not launch until we think it's ready and perfect", he added.
- 15 Dec 2018
If the screen size increases, there should be even more space beneath, not less. In fact, removing the 3.5mm jack does nothing to save space although this excuse is frequently given. Previously, OnePlus claimed that the removal was necessary in order...
- Loled by me
- 14 Dec 2018
That's not the reason, to be honest. U.S is a big market for bluetooth headphones. Remember the crap BOSE ? yap, the finest ANC to ever hit market but sounds like a crying baby who just ate 3 cockroaches. I decided to buy LG V40 and will sti...
- Loled by me
- 14 Dec 2018
Nothing will ever beat analog. Not even bluetooth 5000.0