We are just a couple of days away from the global launch of the OnePlus 8T 5G and the brand is reportedly also planning to launch a special edition OnePlus Nord Sandstone variant at the same event. Now, if a recent report by Android Central is to be believed, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has quit the company. Pei most recently took the lead on the OnePlus Nord project, and according to the report, Emily Dai, who was lead of OnePlus operations in India, is now taking over the Nord lineup globally.
Notably, Carl Pei co-founded OnePlus with CEO Pete Lau back in December 2013. Pei has been the face of OnePlus for a long time and was part of almost every single smartphone launch by the brand including the OnePlus Nord documentary. It seems now that the OnePlus 8T launch event on Thursday will be missing a familiar face.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei quits ahead of OnePlus 8T launch
The news first emerged on Reddit, where u/JonSigur posted what seem to be internal documents from OnePlus confirming Emily Dai’s take over of the Nord line-up. Following up on that, Android Central confirmed citing sources that Pei is no longer with the company and is not included in the organisational chart anymore.
Another report by TechCrunch corroborates the news and states that Pei has left OnePlus to start his own venture. According to a source, the executive is already in talks with investors to raise capital for his next initiative. However, as of now, it’s not clear whether Pei’s new venture will be smartphone or tech-related.
Surprisingly, the news comes shortly after the OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up the Senior Vice President and Head of the Product Experience Team position at OPPO. If the reports are to be believed, while Lau continues to be the CEO of OnePlus, his main focus will now be OPPO.