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Newcomer OnePlus is Aiming to Disrupt the Smartphone Industry

Newcomer OnePlus is Aiming to Disrupt the Smartphone Industry

When Oppo vice president Pete Lau resigned last month, the timing was almost puzzling. Lau had just helped to bring CyanogenMod onto the company's new handset, the N1, finally pairing Oppo's high-end specs and sleek design with software that could create what enthusiasts might see as the perfect package. But even then, Lau wasn't satisfied. "Everyone should have access to the best and latest technology," Lau tells The Verge in an email.

Lau is now launching a new company that aims to make that a reality. He's calling it OnePlus, and its goal is to create Lau's dream smartphone — one that marries fast, high-end hardware with equally high-end design. "We will create a more beautiful and higher quality product," Lau says. "We will never be different just for the sake of being different. Everything done has to improve the actual user experience in day-to-day use."

For years, building a smartphone was only a possibility for the biggest of tech companies, but more and more small manufacturers have begun throwing their hats in the ring — from Jolla, to Blu Products, to Yota Devices. OnePlus is the latest in that ilk of small manufacturers, and it has a similar outlook: it doesn't aim to use cheap components, just to cut down on cost by carefully choosing where it spends money. For OnePlus, those costs will be cut out by eschewing retail stores for online sales. "The Nexus line has taught consumers that it’s possible to purchase phones online," Lau says. "This is good for latecomers like us." OnePlus plans to get started by releasing a smartphone in the first half of next year, but everything from wearables to mobile accessories could follow from there

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Advanced Company Software's Thoughts:
More competition can only be good for the industry and if they stick to their ideals of high quality we will all have something to look forward to. Good Luck to them.