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OnePlus to release an “amazing” new phone later this year

by Jacob Kleinman | August 3, 2015August 3, 2015 6:30 am PDT

The OnePlus 2 grabbed headlines last week with its official debut. Now it turns out the company is already turning its focus to another new phone, which OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei says should launch this year in time for the holidays.

Speaking to USA Today, Pei revealed plans for a second phone coming in late 2015, though he wouldn’t go into much detail. He notes that “it may or may not” offer better specs than the OnePlus 2. We could be looking at a cheaper version of the flagship phone, which lines up with earlier rumors. Then again, Pei’s words suggest the company might take the opposite approach with a super-high end variant.

“When I saw the prototype for that phone I was like ‘holy s— that’s going to be my daily driver,'” he said, “but then when the OnePlus 2 production version came out it’s also super nice, so its really hard to decide now what to use. It’s going to be amazing, but today I’m not going to talk about it.”

During the interview Pei also defended the company’s decision to omit NFC, arguing that by the time the technology really takes off we’ll already be on to newer smartphones. He also reveals that OnePlus almost launched a fitness tracker, but decided to keep its focus on smartphones instead.

It sounds like the company doesn’t have any plans to move beyond handsets for the foreseeable future, but we’re glad that means we get to see new smartphones instead.

USAToday

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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