Final week OnePlus CEO Pete Lau stated in a discussion board submit that the corporate will “additional combine” with Oppo, however didn’t elaborate on how that’d work in practise. Now, leaker Evan Blass has obtained a document that serves as a speaking factors memo to be used by OnePlus PR, and it explains the mixing in plainer phrases.
“With the mixing, OnePlus turns into a model inside Oppo, nonetheless will proceed to perform as an unbiased entity,” reads probably the most pertinent reply. The memo additionally says that Lau’s function as chief product officer at Oppo will make him liable for the product methods of each Oppo and OnePlus.
This isn’t notably shocking. Right here’s what I wrote final week following Lau’s submit:
Studying between the strains, it feels like OnePlus will primarily be handled like a label of Oppo’s, sustaining a separate consumer-facing operation however with enterprise actions merging in areas past product growth.
The memo primarily confirms that that is what’s going to occur, eradicating the necessity to learn between the strains. “With the merging of each the companies, we may have extra assets at hand to create even higher merchandise,” it says. “It’ll additionally enable us to be extra environment friendly in our operations.” OnePlus and Oppo had already merged their R&D departments across the flip of the 12 months, so the additional integration is extra to do with streamlining day-to-day enterprise operations.
OnePlus prospects shouldn’t essentially count on an excessive amount of to alter — the shared possession and provide chain meant that there have been similarities between Oppo and OnePlus telephones for so long as OnePlus has existed. However now that OnePlus is acknowledging the connection out loud as an alternative of performing prefer it’s a scrappy startup, all eyes shall be on the corporate’s subsequent spherical of flagship telephones.