The OnePlus representative repeatedly said that the company had no plans to release two lines of smartphones that would be limited to one flagship product line. However, with the development of 5G technology, the Chinese have to give up this position, and next year it becomes clear that OnePlus will launch a second product line of smartphones.
The OnePlus representative stated that next year the company will launch a smartphone capable of operating in a high-speed 5G network, and that the successor of today's OnePlus 6T will not receive 5G support. The conclusion suggests itself – the company will launch another kind of smartphone that will complement the existing line.
According to the source, the OnePlus 5G smartphone could be announced at the February Mobile World Congress. The price of this new product is expected to be higher than the existing OnePlus smartphone. There are other assumptions here that the benefits of the device are not limited to support for 5G, but will still receive some key features that are still lacking in the flagship of OnePlus. Among other things, it can support wireless charging, for example.
There are a number of reasons why you might need to launch additional smartphones. But the main thing is that OnePlus wants to keep the flagship state that it can use on a normal smartphone. Also, many users will not want to overpay for the support of 5G networks that do not have enough services in their area. This allows users to make choices and decide for themselves whether they need support for this high-speed network.