OnePlus entered the Indian market in December last year, and in just months, the country is now the largest market for the smartphone company. The OnePlus One was a huge hit in India, and the company feels that keeping its focus on smartphones is essential currently. With this strategy in mind, co-founder Carl Pei has said that the company has abandoned plans to launch a fitness band as they want the spotlight to not shift away from smartphones, at least not in the short run. Also Read - OnePlus phones in future will continue to run OxygenOS despite merger with Oppo: ReportAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE gets first software update: What’s new, how to download
“We need to be very focused on the main point of contact between the user and the internet, and today it’s the smartphone,” Pei told Economic Times. In April, Pei himself had hinted that the company is launching a new product, which is not a smartwatch or a tablet. Rumors about a fitness band from the Chinese manufacturer started floating around since then, and now Pei confirms that they were indeed planning to launch a fitness band but have abandoned it to focus on smartphones. Also Read - OnePlus - Oppo integration: What this partnership means for smartphone users?
The company plans to release its OnePlus One successor in the third quarter of this year. The successor is tipped to be called OnePlus Two and will sport some major changes both in terms of construction and also hardware. Reports have hinted that the flagship will focus on the design and it will employ metal frame as opposed to the polycarbonate on the One.
On the specifications front, it is rumored to be powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor paired with a 3GB RAM, feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16-megapixel primary snapper, 5-megapixel secondary snapper, and run on Oxygen OS. There are also reports claiming that the forthcoming flagship will be priced slightly higher.
Even though OnePlus has ditched the invite system for the OnePlus One, Pei has said that he will bring it back for the OnePlus Two launch. Since its launch in December, the company has sold over 200,000 devices in India, which made up 35 to 40 percent of OnePlus’ sales in the first quarter. It faced hiccups in the beginning over Cyanogen’s exclusive deal with Micromax, but the OS company has announced the end of its partnership with OnePlus and the future phones by the company won’t feature the custom Android OS.