OnePlus Was Prepping A Smartwatch But It’s A Good Thing They Didn’t Announce One

Omar Sohail
Posted Jun 5, 2016
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There were times when OnePlus wanted to jump into the bandwagon and release a smartwatch for consumers who wanted to make a transition from phones to wearables. Turns out that the company decided to pull the plug on this project, and for a very good reason.

OnePlus Backed Out From Announcing A Smartwatch Because It Would Force The Company To Move Away From Its Primary Focus: Smartphones

According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, in a recent interview conducted by The Wall Street Journal, the co-founder stated the following:

“We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it. We have to be focused.”

The source did not manage to divulge any details on the wearable, but looking at the state of smartwatches, the company decided to move away from this project altogether, and we feel that it was a terrific decision on their part. One of the biggest drawbacks of Android Wear is battery life, and since OnePlus would not have any alternate OS to incorporate in its smartwatch, there is a high chance that the lack of functionality that we have seen from such wearables would end up becoming a bust for the company, resulting in a loss of a ton of resources.

With the company’s imminent announcement of OnePlus 3, OnePlus can focus on not only announcing one of the greatest price/performance Android powered smartphones of 2016, but the company can continue to provide support for its users through timely software updates, which is a thought that not many manufacturers take into consideration. OnePlus has been working on its own Dash Charge technology, so the fact that its entire focus on smartphones could be termed as being not entirely true. Looking at the specifications of the upcoming flagship phone, it will not take long for the device’s battery to be depleted. After all, having 6GB of RAM for the highest configured model does not exactly make things easy.

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In addition, looks like NFC is going to be part of the makeup, and to refresh your knowledge, it was present in OnePlus One, but not OnePlus 2. There is a possibility that the upcoming handset will feature a 16MP rear shooter with a wide aperture. There is also a very high probability that rear camera lens will be wider than the value of the aperture of OnePlus 2’s lens, which stood at F/2.0. No doubt, the powerful camera sensor should also provide some great features such as in-depth camera control, 4K video recording as well as slow-mo video editing features.

Ever since the grand unveiling of OnePlus One, the phone had everything you wanted from a price/performance handset marvel, except for one of the most crucial features needed in an Android powered handset, a MicroSD card slot.

Perhaps when OnePlus has garnered a large portion of the market and when wearables have evolved to a point where they reduce the functionality gap between phones, then OnePlus will be ready to take on the challenge.

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