Oppo and OnePlus announced a merger a few months ago. In fact, OnePlus is now officially a sub-brand of Oppo. Initially, the merger meant the unification of software developers into one team. Now there is no doubt that hardware solutions will also be created by a single group of people.
The merger will lead to an expansion of the OnePlus lineup, where more mid-range devices should appear, and a unified firmware will replace the original shell, which will take a lot from ColorOS and may change the naming to H2OOS. Reflecting the brand’s new development strategy was the abandonment of the release of OnePlus 9T and the early release of OnePlus 10 Pro.
It turns out that the base OnePlus 10 flagship will not debut this year, and the company may bring the OnePlus 10 Ultra to the market, which will take on the title of the super flagship. The emergence of new brands, where the name is tied to numbers, can also be counted among the transformations: Two Plus, Six Plus and Eight Plus. For some reason known to it, the company ignored the odd numbers, and bet only on the even ones.
It is not clear for which product lines the company has registered the new TwoPlus, SixPlus and EightPlus names. Whether it will be smartphones or some other smart gadgets, there is no information.
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OnePlus may return to the production of “flagship killers” – affordable smartphones with powerful features
During the past years, OnePlus built a reputation for delivering flagship smartphones at an affordable price point. For this, the company’s devices were even called “flagship killers”. OnePlus smartphones have grown in price over time, equaling this indicator with flagship products from other manufacturers. However, now it seems that the brand intends to return to its roots.
The authoritative Chinese tech blog Digital Chat Station stated that OnePlus is working on a new range of smartphones; the main features of which will be high performance and gaming-oriented, as well as an affordable price. Reports point that smartphones of the new series in China will cost from $315 to $475. As a rule, the cost of smartphones in other countries exceeds the Chinese; but it is unlikely that the prices of new products will reach the level of other flagships.
Digital Chat Station reports that the smartphones of the new series will be running on the basis of flagship chipsets and will receive flat displays. We do not yet know more characteristics details, including the models of chipsets in use. Potentially, these can be either the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or MediaTek Dimensity 9000; or solutions from past years, such as the Snapdragon 888, which is also very good for the cost.
In order to reduce the cost of new products, OnePlus will make a number of compromises; regarding, for example, cameras, moisture protection, support for wireless charging, or other minor functions. Unfortunately, there are no more details about OnePlus’ new “flagship killers” yet, however, they will probably start to appear soon.