Reuters: the OnePlus 6T is coming to the US with backing from T-Mobile and Qualcomm

Peter, 29 October 2018

Executives from T-Mobile USA have confirmed to Reuters that the upcoming OnePlus 6T will be available in the US with the backing of the carrier itself as well as chip-designer Qualcomm. The partnership will be unveiled in more detail later today as part of the event (this was was rumored earlier this year).

OnePlus has grown to be the third-biggest customer of Qualcomm’s chipsets, following Samsung and LG (based on data by analysts at Canalys). This explains why the company behind Snapdragon chips is keen to expand the availability of the OnePlus 6T.

A phone’s success in the US typically heavily depends on carrier support. However, it has been a trying time for Chinese mobile companies as Huawei and ZTE were dropped by US carriers (a move supported by the US government). Of course, Huawei uses its own chipsets.

This is a critical moment as Qualcomm is wrestling with other modem makers for market share of the quickly expanding 5G networks. And while the 6T itself isn’t 5G enabled, OnePlus has plans for a 5G phone next year.

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  • Anonymous

Ahh it's no wonder the chipset designer is publically backing OnePlus, they're their third largest customer lol

As I said earlier Apple and Qualcomm are the ones responsible about the ban of the Chinese OEMs for being too famous and could kill the competition. Now Qualcomm wants to use Oneplus as their chip runs in it and can use that against Apple whom the...

  • Anonymous

If this is true, it just shows the real meaning for why Huawei was banned. Huawei uses Kirin chips which have to backdoor for the US to spy on their population... and Huawei refuses to add one so they are not allowed to sell in carriers. On...

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