We’ve lamented too many times that outside of Samsung and Amazon, the Android tablet market is a bit of a mess. It’s gotten to the point where even the base $329 iPad is the best tablet to get if you really want a tablet. However, OnePlus could be gearing up to throw its name in the ring to offer a new Android tablet.
The ‘OnePlus Pad’ was discovered on the EUIPO (via MySmartPrice) in a recent trademark filing, suggesting that OnePlus could be nearing the launch of a new tablet. This move would come as a bit of a surprise given that we’ve not heard or seen rumblings of OnePlus working on a new device category. However, given that we’ve seen the OnePlus Watch and OnePlus TV released, moving into a different category would expand the OnePlus brand even further.
Given the recent concerns over software and the integration with OPPO, OnePlus really could use a “win”. It’s unknown what this tablet would bring to the market, nor do we know whether this would be available in more regions than just Europe. The filing only shows that the trademark was filed on July 1st, with a primary filing language of English and a secondary language of French.
The timing of this is a bit odd, given that we’re expecting to see the OnePlus Nord 2 announced any day now. This is supposed to be the follow-up for OnePlus’ more affordable lineup of products that has since spawned even more sub-brands like the OnePlus Nord CE and the N200. Another surprising bit is that in its recent announcement of integrating with Oppo, the company confirmed that part of the reason for the integration was to do with not being able to keep up with software updates. Adding another device to the mix, especially this early in the game, could spell disaster at the wrong time.
We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled to see whether the OnePlus Pad is actually going to arrive, or if this is just some “future-proofing” for potential device launches.