Carl Pei talks plans for third OnePlus phone, hopefully later this year
It’s been a week now since OnePlus introduced its second-gen flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 2. With some impressive hardware and pricing that comes in south of $400, the handset’s launch is helping to heat-up the battle for affordable Android supremacy – a fight that will see the phone facing fierce competition from the likes of the new Moto X Style. But with all the excitement over the OnePlus 2 it’s easy to forget that this isn’t the only new smartphone the manufacturer has supposedly been cooking up; back in April we heard that another OnePlus model was in the works for launch later this year, and it could be even more affordable than the already low-priced OnePlus 2. Now OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is offering a few official details about this third OnePlus smartphone, and he reports the plan is very much to have it out by the end of the year.
As to the nature of the phone itself, Pei is cagey: he doesn’t even confirm if it will be a higher-end device than the OnePlus 2, or something more conservatively specced. Pei describes his first reaction to the prototype’s design as hugely positive, and calls the decision between using it and the OnePlus 2 “really hard.”
Pei is optimistic that the new phone will be available in time for holiday season sales, but stops short of committing to such availability.