Official: OnePlus Merged With OPPO’s R&D Department


OnePlus and OPPO

Today, DoNews shared an exclusive information concerning two major smartphone brands based in China. It turns out that OnePlus and OPPO’s R&D departments have merged. Moreover, offers for new employees in R&D positions are issued by OPPO, not OP.

In this regard, OPPO insiders told DoNews that the R&D departments of the two companies had basically merged as early as December. Thus, they are now part of the entire Ouga Group. R&D is no longer carried out separately, but the original features of the software are still temporarily maintained. ‘It’s similar to the relationship between Xiaomi and Redmi, sharing the same R&D system.’

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As early as June last year, there were rumors that OPPO and OnePlus’ R&D department merged. And now the dust has finally settled. For OnePlus, it’s not a bad thing to merge the R&D department into OPPO. Because this simply means that two relatively independent brands of OPPO and OnePlus will be more closely linked.

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At present, OPPO Mall under OPPO has also completed the merger and changed its name to Huantai Mall. Its products include smartphones and peripheral products of the three major brands of OPPO, OnePlus and Realme.

The Story Of OnePlus and OPPO Has Deep Roots

Well, to fully understand this story, we have to link to an interesting article published by GizChina.it a few months back. In this article, we can see that when OnePlus appeared on the market, it was a very interesting period – Xiaomi, Huawei, Meizu and other China-based first-tier smartphone makers were offering their own products with amazing features and affordable price tags.

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And it was the time when a few Chinese brands have started sharing various technologies in the frame of cooperation that includes OPPO, VIVO, Realme, iQOO, and OnePlus.

However, despite many rumors that these companies are the same, we should say that ‘OnePlus and OPPO are your completely independent companies. R&D, economy, sales channels, daily operations and so on are independent operating sectors. The two sides share some investors. OnePlus leases OPPO’s production line and shares part of its supply chain resources.’ Something like this was rumored about OPPO and VIVO.

Well, that’s an ungrateful work to dig in details and find out the truth. But we should write down that, for Chinese tech companies, it’s quite beneficial to share their technologies. We mean this is the only way ‘to beat the beast’.

“OnePlus remains an independent company, but this means that there is a broader basis for potential access to building a larger ecosystem.” However, this is quite risky. So taking into account all the aforementioned facts, it’s not surprising that OnePlus has been merged with OPPO’s R&D department. Of course, in some sense, the company loses its sovereignty. But on the other hand, it will become stronger.

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