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