It has been only five years since OnePlus was founded, but the growth recorded in this time frame is phenomenal. From being a small startup company to being one of the biggest smartphone makers, OnePlus has come a long way. The recent partnership with T-Mobile in the United States is fueling more growth for the company.
The first US carrier launch for OnePlus saw sales of OnePlus 6T increase by 249% in the first 30 days. CEO Pete Lau told PcMag said that the team is very happy right now after the sales boost. Pete said that the increase in sales occurred even though the OnePlus 6T does not have a headphone jack.
The OnePlus 6T does not contain a headphone jack as the Chinese company had to fit in a bigger battery. Lau said that bigger screens meant bigger batteries for increased battery life and thus something had to be left out. The decision to eliminate the headphone jack from OnePlus 6T was painful but the company had to take it.
The battery has been termed as a major reason for going after a bigger smartphone. Lau said that if they can manage to get a small powerful battery then OnePlus would be more than happy to make small sized phones with longer battery life. The sad part is that the technology of batteries has not evolved over time. Thus bigger batteries with bigger screens will continue to dominate the smartphone market in the future.
The increase in sales comes at a time when OnePlus launched its McLaren edition of the 6T smartphone. The latest variant comes with a 10GB RAM and accelerated 30-watt charging facility. The OnePlus 6T McLaren is available in the United States for $699 while the basic variant is available for $580 at T-Mobile.
During the interview, Pete Lau confirmed that his company is working on a 5G phone with EE carrier in the UK. Lau also discussed the OnePlus TV but did not give any timeline as to when it will be available for users.