OnePlus could eventually release a compact flagship smartphone

OnePlus could eventually release a compact flagship smartphone
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Like most smartphones over the years, OnePlus flagships have slowly increased in size with each new generation. But if battery tech advances enough, the company could eventually bring back the compact flagship.

Speaking with PCMag at last week’s Snapdragon Summit, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau admitted that he still sees “a lot of demand” for much smaller phones. Furthermore, he stated that the company itself is “definitely” open to the idea of making a compact flagship in the future. However, as he pointed out, its existence rests solely on advancements in the battery sector.

Over the past few years, batteries have advanced very little. In their current state, Lau argues that a small phone packed with all the tech OnePlus uses would result in pretty bad battery life, hence the reason a compact device hasn’t been created. With graphene batteries getting closer and closer, though, it could only be a matter of years before OnePlus breaths life into the concept.

Moving away from the idea of a small phone, the company believes 5G will pave the way for advanced camera features. Lau didn’t specify many but he did mention a new green-screening feature. This lets you users remove objects from the background of photos and could make it into OnePlus’ 5G smartphone – the CEO admitted that he would be talking to engineers about the feature as soon as he touches down in China.

While 5G will be largely beneficial in many areas, it will also mean more user data being stored in the cloud. Because of this, Pete Lau OnePlus wants to focus on security and aims to produce devices that are as secure as iPhones or BlackBerries. At the moment, the company is actively searching for a security partner.

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12 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Wow I can't believe y'all forgot about the OnePlus X.

2. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Now you know why most Android flagships are huge, while Apple is still able to make smaller flagships like the X/XS.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1480; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That’s not the reason. The reason is because people equate premium with larger.

8. BGChicago

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

And because most humans think bigger is better for some reason...

3. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"packed with all the tech OnePlus uses" What a load of bologna. The Pixel 3 and S9 have more 'tech' and is still smaller than the generic shelf parts of the phablet Oneplus phones, and they don't try the "battery" excuse.

4. BGChicago

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Fingers crossed they will release a compact phone in this world of phablets. My wish is for 4.8-5" 16:9 with body size no larger than 135x66mm. Don't mind 10-12mm thickness in exchange for good battery size.

6. surethom

Posts: 1631; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

O finally. Please be around 5.5" fed up of the 6" plus.

9. Pheewix

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2014

A 6t with a sub-5" screen form factor. Pleeeease make it happen!

10. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I was thinking about this today. OnePlus really needs a compact flagship that is around 5.5". OnePlus makes awesome smartphones imo and they are the ones that squeeze the most out of Snapdragon chips. I would really love a smartphone from them if it is within a manageable size.

11. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Then they will drop support for it like the X if sales did not go as planned.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Please...please....PLEASE! I had a OnePlus X and loved it. I currently use a 2016 Pixel (non XL), so I'm all about smaller phones. No interest in getting a 6"+ monster, unless they are the only thing on the market...which would be a shame.

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