For the past few years, OnePlus has had a knack for releasing two different flagship devices over the course of a year. Early in the year, this brings the next “numbered” release, then later in the year, is the “T” iteration that offers slight changes and refinement.
Following the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro release earlier this year, we had no reason to believe that this trend wouldn’t continue. However, over the past few months there have been rumblings that OnePlus would not be releasing a OnePlus 9T in 2021.
The speculation can be put to bed, as OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed the device will not be coming this year (via The Verge). This comes as Lau also confirmed we won’t be seeing the new merged version of ColorOS and OxygenOS until the next OnePlus flagship.
Along with an interview with The Verge, a new forum post has been published detailing what the future of the company looks like. This is being called “ OnePlus 2.0”, and the forum post goes over what we can expect to see from the OnePlus side of things moving forward.
This includes what we can expect from the OnePlus smartphone portfolio, along with a bit more information regarding the software.
Most importantly, going forward, our more affordable product ranges will become more localized, while continuing to offer our premium and ultra-premium flagship smartphones globally.
The forum post also confirms that OnePlus will be “doubling down” when it comes to the company’s partnership with Hasselblad. These are the three areas where OnePlus and Hasselblad are focusing:
- Creating a great and burdenless user experience at the very fundamental level.
- Continuing to focus on improving color performance together with Hasselblad, the industry-leader in color, as well as with customized sensor and lenses.
- Investing in the research and development of a range of new and improved technologies that will take the camera experience to new heights for our users.
Rounding out the forum post, Lau shares the roadmap for the new “Unified and Upgraded Global Operating System” for both OxygenOS and ColorOS.
…But I would like to tell you confidently that after overseeing the product development of both systems for a year, I believe that the unified operating system will keep the DNA of OxygenOS that many of you love so much, while also giving you an upgraded experience overall.
It’s going to be interesting to see what’s to come with this new “OnePlus 2.0”. Obviously, we have to wait until 2022 to see how these plans will work out, but it’s definitely going to be interesting.