OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the corporate doesn’t plan to launch its conventional T-series gadget within the second half of this yr. He additionally introduced that subsequent yr’s OnePlus flagship cellphone would run on a newly unified working system, following the corporate’s integration with fellow BBK Electronics subsidiary Oppo. OnePlus introduced it will be merging the codebases of its Android-based OxygenOS working system with Oppo’s ColorOS in July.
This implies we’re unlikely to see a OnePlus 9T following up this yr’s OnePlus 9. Regardless of the same names, the corporate’s T-series telephones have supplied vital upgrades over its flagships from earlier within the yr. For instance, the 8T had round double the charging speeds of the 8, whereas the 7T bumped the unique 7 show to a better 90Hz refresh price.
“This yr we is not going to be launching a T-series product,” Lau mentioned through a translator in a roundtable interview with The Verge and different journalists. This would be the first yr with no T-series gadget since OnePlus adopted the discharge schedule with the OnePlus 3T in 2016. Since then, like clockwork, OnePlus has launched a brand new T-series cellphone within the latter half of every yr, culminating in final yr’s OnePlus 8T.
In what’s successfully a merger between OnePlus and Oppo, the 2 corporations might be unifying the underlying codebases of OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS. The 2 Android-based working programs will proceed to have their very own branding and distinctive options, Lau mentioned, however the code underpinning them would be the similar, and so they’ll be developed by a unified group. The way in which OnePlus describes it, the strategy will end in an working system that’s “quick and clean” and “clear and light-weight” like OxygenOS, whereas additionally being “dependable” and “sensible and feature-rich” like ColorOS.
Lau mentioned the codebase integration of the 2 working programs was accomplished in June, and that it’s already serving to to permit for extra frequent software program updates. However we’ll have to attend till subsequent yr to see the primary OnePlus flagship launch with the newly built-in working system. It received’t simply be new OnePlus telephones getting the brand new OS — it is going to additionally come to OnePlus’s older units is that they’re nonetheless scheduled to obtain assist. These assist durations embody three main updates for flagship telephones, two for many Nord units, and one for Nord N telephones. Final week, Oppo introduced that the OnePlus 9 collection will obtain a beta of the brand new software program in October, adopted by the OnePlus 8 collection in December.
OnePlus tells The Verge that integrating its operations with Oppo was essential to make it extra environment friendly, and would streamline its R&D assets “to assist extra merchandise and work extra effectively.” In addition to integrating the 2 firm’s working programs, OnePlus additionally mentioned it will be integrating its Warp Cost quick charging commonplace with Oppo’s SuperVOOC.
Final week, Bloomberg reported that Oppo’s merger with OnePlus is creating redundancies, together with inside its ColorOS growth unit, as the 2 BBK subsidiaries pool assets. As many as 20 % of workers throughout some software program and gadget groups are reportedly being minimize, in line with the report. The cuts are reportedly the results of Oppo increasing too quickly lately, transferring aggressively into new international locations and product classes with huge bets that haven’t payed off.
Throughout our briefing, nevertheless, which passed off previous to the publication of Bloomberg’s report, OnePlus’s Lau performed down the potential for merger-related layoffs. “[Redundancies haven’t] been one thing that’s come up throughout the merger,” Lau mentioned through a translator, “We’ve got a concentrate on bringing collectively the OnePlus and Oppo groups to have the ability to convey collectively the strengths of each side into the merged entity.”