Although most of the major smartphone brands might be jumping on to the ship of the foldable smartphones, OnePlus isn’t going to sail in it anytime soon. OnePlus may be working on at least three new smartphones which are to be launched this year, but there won’t be a foldable phone. The CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau spoke with the students of the European Institute of Design where he shared what his thoughts were about the future of smartphones, technology and the company.
According to the CEO, foldable smartphones are not ready and won’t have their prime time yet not because of their prices, but there are many other fundamental reasons for them to become successful. Lau said that they are not doing anything different from the current design of phones in their upcoming OnePlus smartphones. He also said that foldable screens do have a potential future but not yet.
The OnePlus CEO also said that the company wants to expand their products in fields other than smartphones. OnePlus is reportedly working on a TV or a “smart display” said Lau. He said that remote controls are outdated and he wants the AI to learn the watching habits of the user and show relevant information and materials according to the user’s watching habits. His vision of a TV sounds more like Google Now for TVs.
Other than TVs and smart displays, OnePlus is also inclining towards the automotive industry, they are even reportedly working on electronics for the automotive, as building a whole car might be too complex. He also hinted at the possibility of 5G in the electronics and his products and virtual assistant enhancement.
Other than the products mentioned above, OnePlus is also reportedly working on building products for the offices and something for the professional, and commercial usage. The company is reportedly working for the future of cloud-connected era where everything will be connected with 5G and Artificial Intelligence.
— Pete Lau (@PeteLau) April 11, 2019
Although the foldable screens and the OnePlus TV might not be seen anytime soon, the OnePlus in-car and office gadgets might come to life in the next few years. And the OnePlus 7, which will be the next smartphone from the company will be reportedly launched in 2019 itself. The device will be launched with two more OnePlus smartphones which will most probably be the other variants of the device – a 5G variant and the other might be a non-Pro variant. More details about the smartphones and the upcoming device and services from OnePlus in all probability be revealed by the company at the launch event of its smartphones later this year.
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— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 29, 2019