Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is expected to launch its annual flagship smartphone soon, although it’s still unclear when exactly the device will be unveiled, reports say it could arrive as early as May 14. While we await a proper teaser and confirmed launch date, indications have emerged that the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro and the 5G variant could get a wider reach in the States than the OnePlus 6T which was its first to be compatible with Verizon’s network, and it’s the first OnePlus phone to be sold directly by a US carrier.
The OnePlus 7 whenever it launches could break the OnePlus 6T T-mobile exclusivity if the latest hint from OnePlus is any indication. The Chinese firm has a number of job openings particularly Indian and US-based openings. Specifically, the company has three openings for a job titled Senior Technical Account Manager, one for each of the big carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. The job description says that a major focus for the future employees will be to “serve as the primary contact person for carrier-related product engineering and realization groups.” The description also says that the right candidates will need to “obtain and address the latest carrier requirements and technology compliance to internal development teams.”
OnePlus hasn’t confirmed it is considering a partnership with the big carriers: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, however, the openings are strong indications that it is on the lookout for a competent hand to head the partnership between it and the other three big carriers to ensure that OnePlus smartphones can be sold through their retail outlets.
With the OnePlus 7 rumored for release in the coming month and given that Carrier certification takes way more than a month, there is a good chance the device might not be the primary target of this seeming partnership, and that makes us think the iterative OnePlus 7T due for the later part of the year might be the primary target. We can expect to get some sort of official confirmation in the coming weeks.