OnePlus is not yet a household name like LG or Samsung, but it could be on its way there. The company has become well-known among Android enthusiasts by selling high-end unlocked phones at more aggressive prices than other flagships, but having the OnePlus 6T on the shelves of a USA carrier could expose OnePlus to a whole new audience.
CNET's report says that OnePlus will have a version of the OnePlus 6T "optimized" for T-Mobile's network, which likely means that it'll work on the new 600MHz frequency that T-Mobile has been rolling out nationwide.
We learned a few months ago that OnePlus was now negotiating partner terms with at least one USA carrier, but we didn't know which one.More news: Jury Returns for Day 2 of Deliberations in Paul Manafort Trial
But it's unclear what will differentiate the 6T from the 6: With last year's OnePlus 5T, the firm moved to the tall and thin 18:9-ish form factor that is now common with flagship phones. OnePlus has had success by bucking the trend and selling direct to consumer, but it's barely made a dent in the overall market.
Ever since the OnePlus One was launched in 2014, the chippy Chinese phonemaker has worked hard to build up its brand as being different to the rest of the smartphone makers. It launched unlocked phones with extremely low prices, using an invite system to keep overhead low.
OnePlus started out as a value flagship company, but has been increasing its prices and the capabilities of each successive phone.More news: The first 'Star Wars: Resistance' trailer is here
Out of all the carriers, T-Mobile certainly makes the most sense.
As with other countries - like the United Kingdom where OnePlus is partnered with O2 - the ambitious manufacturer will continue to sell phones through its own online retail store as well as selling through T-Mobile. When the phone does come out, rumors suggest it will cost $550.More news: Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years