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OnePlus co-founder Pei confirms the next new OnePlus handset is coming around Christmas

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OnePlus co-founder Pei confirms the next new OnePlus handset is coming around Christmas
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei revealed in an interview published in today's USA Today that the next OnePlus handset would be out before the end of this year, possibly around Christmas time. The executive said that it may or may not be a higher spec'd model than the OnePlus 2 which means it could be the long rumored OnePlus mini model. On the other hand, we have heard about a phone called the OnePlus X with a 1440 x 2560 screen that could be a higher-spec'd version of the just unveiled OnePlus 2.

This isn't the first time that we have heard about another OnePlus phone being readied for release in 2015. Back in April, we told you that a cheaper handset would be offered by the company this year following the release of the OnePlus 2. Carl Pei himself was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the second 2015 device could be made for a "different type of audience, perhaps for those who appreciate design over specs." Pei said that when he saw the prototype for the next phone, he wanted it to be his daily driver, but changed his mind when the OnePlus 2 production model came out. He says both phones are nice and that it is very hard to decide which one to use.
 
During the interview, Pei told the national newspaper that in five years, there will be room in the smartphone market for just three companies. He listed Apple, Samsung and OnePlus as the survivors, saying that the other companies will die off because of their inability to produce large enough margins to sustain their business. That seems funny to hear from the head of a company known to sell its phones almost at cost, but Pei added that if people continue to support OnePlus' products and love the company, it is inevitable that the company will grow and make money.

Pei also answered critics who complained about the lack of NFC support on the OnePlus 2. He said that "Very few people are using NFC, so we cut it. It's as simple as that." He added that by the time NFC is widely used, 12 to 18 months from now according to his calculations, people will be on to their next phone.

While OnePlus sold over 1 million units of its first model, Pei noted that the company broke even due to the low selling price of the phone. He said that OnePlus added a lot of new employees and says it will be a stretch to break even again this year. Still, while there has been talk of internal targets inside OnePlus reaching 3 million to 5 million handsets this year, Pei says that more important than sales figures is what consumers are saying about the company's phones.

"We said 'let's sell 50,000 phones for the OnePlus One' but we were lucky and sold way more than that. We have some internal targets of 3-5 million (sales) for this year, but it's not really important if we reach it or not. The most important metric for us is what people say about our phone, are our users happy, can we survive this year or not?"-Carl Pei, co-founder OnePlus

And don't expect OnePlus to branch off into wearables or televisions or other products. While Pei revealed that OnePlus almost branched into fitness trackers, he stated that only by focusing on one product can a company produce the best in any given category.

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source: USAToday via Technodify

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posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:02 6

4. hafini_27 (Posts: 871; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


A smaller version would be reasonable.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 05:02 2

16. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


A 6" version would be great

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:06 1

5. Af1rPA (Posts: 673; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)


Pete Lau is the CEO.
Carl Pei is the Co-Founder. They guy in the picture is Carl Pei.

Even the source says Co-Founder.

Alan F you fail, Alan Fail.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:13 7

6. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


It's funny how they want to push USB Type-C, but not NFC. I thought flagships were supposed to be future proof, but they expect it to be missing a core function in the future.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:42 7

10. nuldolor5x.com (unregistered)


To me that is where they made a big mistake this year, Whether few or many people are using NFC it is not the issue. Why deprive the few people who are using the function from having? This few people could be 1 million people who would have bought the phone supposed it has NFC. Moreover, quick charging is a very very important feature. There are times I return home late at night and due to tiredness, I forget to charge my phone just to get the following morning a realize that I still have to charge the phone. I would certainly not have 3 hours to charge the phone if I am starting work at 7:30 Am. So, quick charging is a feature that must be available in every coming phone both mid range or flagship.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:46 1

14. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Agree on Quick Charge
I was hopping high on this phone
But NO Quick Charge is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 09:46 1

25. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


And it's just USB 2.0 with a type c port, very misleading crap if you ask me

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:21 5

7. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Why USA Todays was not asking about the Quick Charging??
The Quick Charging (or charge fast) is as important as NFC.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 06:16 1

20. lallolu (Posts: 453; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


No, it is not.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:29

8. Hallyu (Posts: 317; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Here I correct that for you: the real survivors will be Samsung, Apple and LG. Cheap quality combined with that stupid invite system will bring you nowhere, Mr Carl.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 05:02

15. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Supernova confirmed!!

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 13:54

29. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


The current Ceo of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has said Microsoft will continue to build phones to serve as a platform for Windows 10 mobile, even if no one else will. So, the survivors will be Samsung, Apple, LG and Microsoft.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:37

9. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


I think Carl Pei make a mistake.
I don't think Apple will survive the next decade easily.
Apple market share has been down since Steve Jobs die.
I think Tim Cook is not as good as Steve Jobs.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:42 1

11. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Maybe a 6in quad HD with SD 820?

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:45 1

12. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


If the next phone is 6" QHD w/ SD820
Then he was talking too soon about 2016 flagship killer.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 04:45

13. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


Where is post #1 & #2 & #3?

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 05:19 2

17. smartMartian (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)


no NFC, no quick charge!!
forget 2015....2016 flagship,really???

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 05:59 2

19. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa (Posts: 360; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


it's not 2016 flagship
it's 2016 flagship killer
LOL

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 05:46

18. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I wonder if he Co owns Pei Wei as well. :)

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 06:39 2

21. dimas (Posts: 1912; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"Very few people are using NFC, so we cut it. It's as simple as that."

You have no idea how NFC can boost your sales Pei. You're underestimating how people can quickly adapt to technologies and in a few months you're just going to cry 'hello moto'. Welcome to 2015.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 06:41

22. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 471; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Never Settle for a chinaphone.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 07:25 1

23. Gorilla (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


OnePlus being cocky as*holes again.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 08:05

24. tomn1ce (Posts: 203; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Way to go to make your phone future prove in the NFC dept.....few people are using it so lets screw them and any future potential NFC users with our next device. Good job OnePlus. Their invite system last year was a mess and they're at it again this year. I guess OnePlus didn't learn...

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 11:54

26. B-power (Posts: 241; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


They shoyld call themselves one minus.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 12:44

27. Manyci (Posts: 112; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


I'm reading these comments about NFC and quick charging and something can't get out of my head: what's this crying about? OK, the quick charging would be great, but not absolutely necessary, you can use your phone perfectly without it. Let's talk about the lack of the NFC. The problem is, that most of the readers -and of course the commenters- are US citizens, where Apple-, Google- and Samsung-pay is in the doorstep. But you miss a point: the rest of the world -and I must surprise you: YOU are the minority, even if we look only at China, which is the No1 target of the Oneplus phones anyways- must wait for these features a couple of years. Somewhere even the PayPass is a new thing. So OnePlus wil have a few years (and a few phones) until the lack of the NFC chip will be so serious, that it going to be a deal breaker. And we didn't even talk about the fact, that the people, who care about technology so much, that they buy OnePlus instead of f.e. an iPhone, change their handset every year, when the better comes out. So yes, OnePlus really lost only a "few" (a few houndreds of thousends, if not millions) of the potential buyers.
Anyways, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying, that this isn't a cocky thing, that OnePlus does. In my opinion the company, which approach the potential buyers, deserves to fail, just for learning the lesson. (And I have no personal problems with Americans, just that is a fact, that they ARE usually forgetting the rest of the world...)

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 12:47

28. Manyci (Posts: 112; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


Oh crap!
*...the company, which approach the potential buyers THIS WAY, deserves...

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 14:33

30. nepalisherpa (Posts: 210; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


Well, if they release a phone with a spec targeting majority of the folks in the world (rather than only developed countries where NFC payments are either already happening or will happen in the next couple of months), then they shouldn't call it a 2016 Flagship Killer. Feature-wise, a 2016 Flagship Killer would include everything the current 2015 Flagship phones have plus other additional features. On one hand, they make people feel like they are competing with major brands (Apple, Samsung, LG, etc.) but release a phone that does not have all the features to compete.

posted on 14 Oct 2015, 02:58

32. willywanta (Posts: 206; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


once you go quick charge, you'll never want to go back. That's why i refrain from buying iPhone 6s plus and stick to samsung s6.

posted on 03 Aug 2015, 18:03

31. cc2400 (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


the problem was, Your company claimed "flagship killer" and yet omitted several features that other flagships had. But I would actually put lack of quick charge higher on the list as opposed to lack of nfc.

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