OnePlus (Flagship killer Phone) is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics, which is the largest smartphone maker in China. OnePlus is itself based in China as well, in the city of Shenzhen.
It has two fathers, one is the famous and popular Carl Pei and the other is Pete Lau, who is a former vice president of OPPO. That is probably where the idea that OnePlus is a subsidiary of OPPO comes from, but things are a bit more complicated than that. Currently, OnePlus is serving in 34 countries worldwide. Not only OnePlus sells mobile phones, but various mobile accessories as well.
OnePlus was founded on 16th December 2013 by an ex-employee of OPPO Electronics, Pete Lau. The company is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong and has presence in 34 countries around the world as of March 2016. The co-founder includes Carl Pei. Initially, denying the claims that OnePlus is a subsidiary of OPPO, it was later revealed as per the Chinese government documentation that it is truly the wholly owned subsidiary of OPPO. Thus, technically making it a company owned by BBK Electronics, as OPPO is the sub brand of the Chinese multinational group.
Let us see how OnePlus evolved from OnePlus 1 to OnePlus 7 –
ONEPLUS 1 – There was lot of buildup in April 2014 launch of the OnePlus 1, which promised high-end specs at a mid-range price from a cool new startup. Overall, it delivered price range starting at just $250 – around half the cost of the top-end handsets of the time. The OnePlus 1 has sold over one million units, which was more than their expectation.
The great competitor of OnePlus 1 was Samsung Galaxy S5. There are various reasons why OnePlus 1 was better than Samsung Galaxy S5 like, cheaper price, same processor with low price, larger memory storage, larger screen display, 4G connectivity, and battery capacity.
ONEPLUS 2 – After the success of OnePlus 1, OnePlus 2 arrived in July, 2015, took the success of its predecessor and built on it, with a stylishly updated design and more power. The price had made the product stood out in the market. Price of the product was $330. OnePlus 2 has sold around 5 million.
Iphone 6 was the greatest rivals of OnePlus 2 at that time. The 5.5 inch screen OnePlus 2 matches the size of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, both are full HD. OnePlus 2 is having the highest ram than iPhone 6 plus, and other features like better camera, high storage and long lasting battery life.
ONEPLUS X – The OnePlus 2 was revealed in July 2015, but the OnePlus X quickly followed it in October 2015. This was the first budgeted phone by OnePlus $250 in 2015. The 5-inch phone had a rather modest specs combination of a Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM, and despite some design tweaks, we were left underwhelmed, advising readers to pay the extra cash and pick up the OnePlus 2 instead. OnePlus X was the flop phone of OnePlus.
Hyve Buzz was the competitor of OnePlus X, both the phones were good in performance and regular tasks. The processer of OnePlus X was 2.3 GHz quad-core, which was a way better than Hyve Buzz.
ONEPLUS 3 – OnePlus was back in June 2016 with the OnePlus 3 with impressive display of 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel, some other impressive specs – after the disappointment of the OnePlus X, this was a return to form.
The OnePlus 3 has better specs over the S7, except the display, which is Quad HD on the S7 but just Full HD on the OnePlus 3. In addition, the OnePlus 3 is almost half of the S7’s price.
ONEPLUS 3T – This was when OnePlus started the “T” tradition – offering a second flagship with minor upgrades later in the year. OnePlus 3T a flagship killer phone was launched in November 2016, bringing with it a slight performance upgrade and a substantial battery boost over the preceding phone. The price did jump a little, with the improved OnePlus 3T starting at $440, but OnePlus was also getting better at making its phones more available outside of China.
In the same year, LG V20 was launched. In comparison to the LG V20, OnePlus 3T offered a much more control on the operating system whereas LG V20 would lock down.
ONEPLUS 5 – OnePlus 5, which was carrying a Snapdragon 835 and up to 8GB of RAM, a dual-lens 16MP+20MP rear-facing camera was around the back. For the first time OnePlus had opted for a two-camera setup. Launched in June 2017, the OnePlus 5 first went on sale for a starting price of $480.
Definitely, OnePlus 5 a flagship killer phone performed much faster and smoother than the LG G6. This is because of the Snapdragon 835 on the OnePlus 5 whereas the LG G6 had Snapdragon 821, which was also powerful but not as much as Snapdragon 835.
OnePlus 5T– The OnePlus 5T arrived in November 2017. OnePlus 5T phone had an improved camera and a 6.01-inch screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, that 1080p limit remained. The starting price of OnePlus 5T was $479.
Google Pixel 2 was the greatest competitor of OnePlus 5T in 2017. Pixel 2 has no dual camera setup as that of OnePlus 5t and consists of single lens with 12 MP. Google has nailed the software processing; its camera shines in the night shots and low lighting. OnePlus wins the race with it affordable price and better processing.
OnePlus 6 – OnePlus 6 released in May 2018 – it carries a Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM, and can score some seriously high scores in benchmark tests. It has an attractive display with 6.28-inch, 2280 x 1080 pixel display, and 16MP+20MP rear-facing camera onboard. Price of the product was $530.
Honour 10 was the competitor of this flagship killer phone – OnePlus 6. UI of OnePlus 6 is very much better than Honour 10 but the battery life of Honour 10 was better than OnePlus 6. OnePlus 6 wins the race as it has better UI.
OnePlus 6T – OnePlus 6T a unique flagship killer phone was launched in November 2018 with its new look and features to compete in the mobile phones market. Headphones jack was minus to improve the audio quality of the mobile. The OnePlus 6T runs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset as the OnePlus 6, but comes up with high internal storage of 256GB.
OnePlus 6T is lighter in comparison to Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Lightweight devices are easier to hold without tiring your arms. Apart from it, this flagship killer phone is having the great advantage of having better battery capacity.
OnePlus 7 – Upcoming next-generation flagship killer phone OnePlus 7 can be probably launched by the first half of 2019, dovetail nicely with the planned rollout of 5G networks in markets such as the US, Australia, China, and the UK.
The addition of 5G network in OnePlus 7 also means that the next flagship phone from OnePlus will get the next-generation Qualcomm mobile processor – likely to be Snapdragon 855 and will possibly come with slightly higher price tag compared to what we see on the retail box of the OnePlus 6.
In the upcoming years, OnePlus Flagship killer phone is going open to the idea of making a “compact” flagship killer phone smartphone, as the demand for smaller phones is still out there. The company would like to make a compact smartphone in the future. Something that is stopping the company to give a shot at a making a high-end, compact smartphone is the battery life of the device.