OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the company has no plans to release 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 new unified operating system, following the company’s integration with Oppo, a subsidiary of BBK Electronics. OnePlus announced that it will merge the code bases of its Android-based OxygenOS operating system with Oppo’s ColorOS in July.
This means that a OnePlus 9T is unlikely to follow this year’s OnePlus 9. Despite similar names, the company’s T-series phones offered significant upgrades over its flagships from earlier this year. For example, the 8T had about double the charge speeds of the 8, while the 7T upgraded the original 7 screen to a higher refresh rate of 90Hz.
“This year, we will not be launching a T-series product,” Lau said via 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 release 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. 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. Both Android-based operating systems will continue to have their own branding 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 a “fast and smooth” and “clean and light” operating system like OxygenOS, while being “reliable” and “smart and feature rich” like ColorOS.
Lau said the codebase integration for the two operating systems was completed in June and is already helping to enable more frequent software updates. But we’ll have to wait until next year to see the first flagship launch of OnePlus with the new operating system built in. It won’t just be the new OnePlus phones that will receive the new operating system, it will also come to old 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 would receive a beta of the new software in October, followed by the OnePlus 8 series in December.
OnePlus tells The edge that the integration of its operations with Oppo was necessary to make it more efficient and would streamline its R&D resources “to support more products and work more efficiently”. In addition to integrating the operating systems of both companies, OnePlus also announced that it will integrate its Warp Charge fast charging standard with Oppo’s SuperVOOC.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Oppo’s merger with OnePlus creates layoffs, including within its ColorOS development unit, as BBK’s two subsidiaries pool their resources. According to the report, up to 20 percent of the staff on some software and device teams are being cut. The cuts are said to be the result of Oppo’s too rapid expansion in recent years, moving aggressively to new countries and product categories with big bets that have not paid off.
However, during our briefing, which took place before the publication of BloombergOnePlus ‘report, OnePlus’ Lau played down the possibility of merger-related layoffs. “[Redundancies haven’t] was something that emerged during the merger, ”Lau said via a translator,“ We are focusing on bringing the OnePlus and Oppo teams together so that we can bring together the strengths of both parties in the merged entity. “