OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the Shenzhen-based smartphone manufacturer will be announcing its launch event this coming Tuesday. Confirming the date will allow the crafted storyline to focus away from the when, and onto the what.
The what is coming into focus as the launch date for the launch announcement of the launch event that will reveal the release date keeps the OnePlus community engaged and excited. Lau’s Twitter statement “Stay tuned next Tuesday for our launch event announcement” does not give away much, but the current expectation is that OnePlus are going to announce two handsets at the event, which many believe will be held on May 14th.
So far the only official word is that the new devices will be ‘fast’ and ‘smooth’, but they are enough clues (such as the triple dots in the above-tweeted video) that a bit of Taniyama-Shimura allows us to make the best guess at OnePlus’ plans.
The first handset will be the ‘traditional’ update to the OnePlus line up that will come with new features such as the pop-up selfie camera and the triple lens rear camera. This will get a bump up in the name to be the OnePlus 7 Pro.
That leaves space for something new for the OnePlus team. Rather than completely phasing out the OnePlus 6T for the new handsets an update to the OnePlus 6T, the 6T platform will pick up a smaller update to keep pace with current technology and carry the name OnePlus 7.
As for the confirmed 5G handset from OnePlus, while there is a good chance that it could be on the show, the release of that handset is going to be driven more by the demands of the carriers. Showing it would allow it to be tied into the story of a family of devices but it would also dilute the impact the of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.