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It looks like OnePlus won't have the first Snapdragon 855 phone after all

A translation issue is reportedly to blame for OnePlus erroneously claiming it would be first to market.

Published onDecember 6, 2018

  • OnePlus has reportedly confirmed that its 2019 flagship will not be the first to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset.
  • OnePlus attributed the mistake to a miscommunication.
  • We may still see a OnePlus phone launch earlier than usual in 2019, however.

OnePlus made tech headlines yesterday when it announced that it would launch the first phone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

It came as a big surprise, because Samsung is usually the first to adopt Qualcomm‘s newest flagship chips. Now, it seems like the Chinese manufacturer’s claim was actually in error.

According to Engadget, Chinese versions of the slide deck used by CEO Pete Lau show that OnePlus would be “among the first” manufacturers to use the new chipset. However, the English version used during Lau’s address boldly stated that OnePlus would be “first” to offer the processor.

A OnePlus spokesperson later confirmed the error to the outlet and said the brand would be “one of the first” to use the chip, rather than the first.

The change is a pretty big deal, because it means that OnePlus hasn’t quite pulled off a massive upset over the likes of Samsung. It’s still noteworthy to see the brand being among the first to use the chipset however, as it suggests we’ll be seeing a new phone launch sooner than we traditionally expect from OnePlus. The company usually launches its first handset of the year in May or June.

The news also comes after OnePlus revealed in a press release that it’s teaming up with the EE network to be “first to release a 5G commercial smartphone in Europe.” The Chinese brand didn’t reveal a release date beyond 2019, but said the new phone would be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

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