This year’s OnePlus 7 Pro is/was an amazing device, even though it suffered from ghost touches early on in its lifetime. Unfortunately it did not officially make it to our shores but there is a very slim possibility it may this year.
A few days ago details on the band support for the OnePlus 8 surfaced and there was some good news. Thanks, which we attribute to Qualcomm’s insistence that any phone rocking a Snapdragon 865 must also provide 5G support, to the supported 5G bands including Australian bands the phone *should* be fully compatible with our 5G bands.
Paperwork leaked from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology show that a new smartphone model from OnePlus with the model number IN2010 list the frequencies supported by the device. The device is assumed to be the OnePlus 8 Pro.
As you can see in the listing above, one of the frequency ranges supported is the 3300 – 3600MHz range (n78). Last time I used maths this is equivalent to 3.3-3.6GHz. At this stage in Australia Telstra use 3.5GHz and 3.6GHz for their 5G technology and Optus use 3.5GHz (or n78 on both accounts) placing them right in the sweet spot for the 5G frequencies of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Of course this does not confirm that OnePlus will be selling their product directly in Australia next year but it does *confirm* that if enabled on an imported 5G OnePlus 8 Pro, the 5G bands will work here in Australia.
We are yet to have any confirmation from OnePlus over their plans for Australia but at this stage we will go with “no, not coming here” until told otherwise. If they did intend to come here will let you know as soon as permitted.
This is a handset I’m super excited about. Realistically the 5G we are getting today is probably fancier 4G assuming I’m reading this correctly https://wirelesscoverage.com.au/5g-explanation/
And the battery drain on 5G is a concern, a lot of people seem to be just be turning it off for the time being, the throughput through these 4.9G networks is more than I need right now and seems to be a lot more reliable