OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company does not plan to launch its traditional T-series device in the second half of this year. He also announced that next year’s OnePlus flagship phone will run on a recently unified operating system, following the company’s integration with Oppo, a subsidiary of BBK Electronics. OnePlus announced that it would merge the code bases of its Android-based OxygenOS operating system with Oppo’s ColorOS in July.
This means that we are unlikely to see a OnePlus 9T after this year’s OnePlus 9. Despite the similar names, the company’s T-series phones have offered significant improvements over its flagship products from earlier in the year. For example, the 8T had around twice the load speeds of the 8, while the 7T raised the original 7 display to a higher 90Hz refresh rate.
“This year we will not launch a T-series product,” Lau said through a translator in a roundtable interview with The edge and other journalists. This will be the first year without a T-series device since OnePlus adopted the launch schedule with the OnePlus 3T in 2016. Since then, like clockwork, OnePlus has released a new T-series phone in the second half of each. year, culminating in last year’s OnePlus 8T.
In what is effectively a merger between OnePlus and Oppo, the two companies will unify the underlying code bases of OxygenOS and Oppo’s ColorOS. The two Android-based operating systems will continue to have their own brand and unique features, Lau said, but the code behind them will be the same and they will be developed by a unified team. As OnePlus describes it, the approach will result in an operating system that is “fast and fluid” and “clean and light” like OxygenOS, while being “reliable” and “smart and feature-rich” like ColorOS.
Lau said the code base integration of the two operating systems was completed in June and is already helping to enable more frequent software updates. But we will have to wait until next year to see the first flagship launch of OnePlus with the new integrated operating system. Not only will the new OnePlus phones get the new operating system, but it will also hit older OnePlus devices if they are still scheduled to receive support. These support periods include three major updates for flagship phones, two for most Nord devices and one for Nord N phones. Last week, Oppo announced that the OnePlus 9 series will receive a beta version of the new software in October, followed by the OnePlus 8 series in December.
OnePlus says The edge that the integration of its operations with Oppo was necessary to make it more efficient, and it would optimize its R&D resources “to support more products and work more efficiently.” In addition to integrating the two companies’ operating systems, OnePlus also said it would integrate its Warp Charge fast charging standard with Oppo’s SuperVOOC.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Oppo’s merger with OnePlus is creating redundancies, even within its ColorOS development unit, as the two BBK subsidiaries pool resources. Up to 20 percent of the staffing of some software teams and devices is reportedly being cut, according to the report. The cuts are reportedly the result of Oppo expanding too quickly in recent years, aggressively moving into new countries and high-stakes product categories that haven’t paid off.
However, during our briefing, which took place before the publication of BloombergIn the report, OnePlus’ Lau downplayed the possibility of merger-related layoffs. “[Redundancies haven’t] “It was something that came up during the merger,” Lau said through a translator, “We focused on bringing the OnePlus and Oppo teams together so that we can unite the strengths of both parties in the merged entity.”