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OnePlus designed a smartwatch, so what happened to it?

by Brandon Russell | June 6, 2016June 6, 2016 12:00 pm PST

Following the successful launch of its OnePlus One, OnePlus apparently became emboldened to start exploring other markets, including wearables like the Huawei Watch pictured above. But according to OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau, the company wound up scrapping plans to release a smartwatch, saying executives preferred to stay focused on smartphones.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Lau discussed the cutthroat Chinese mobile market and also revealed the company developed a smartwatch in 2015 but decided to scrap the project entirely.

“We had completed the design but we still decided to scrap it,” Lau said. “We have to be focused.”

Despite the admission that OnePlus had a smartwatch waiting in the wings, we don’t have any details beyond that; no design details or what software it ran; none of that. However, details about the OneWatch—at least that was the speculated name—supposedly leaked many moons ago, showing off a device that looked a lot like the Moto 360.

Smartwatches have been around for a few years now but it’s not like the market is exactly booming. As they become more advanced, however, there’s always the possibility OnePlus could return to the scrapped project. For now, fans have the OnePlus 3 to look forward to, which launches on June 14.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...