- OnePlus 9T series will not be launching this year
- OPPO and OnePlus plan to merge ColorOS and OxygenOS into a unified OS
- Unified OS will be seen first OnePlus 10 series in 2022
OnePlus 9T has been officially cancelled. In an interview with media, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said, “This year we will not be launching a T-series product.” While the rumour mill has claimed the OnePlus 9 RT will be launching in October, it appears that the company will not be launching the OnePlus 9T and 9T Pro as an updated version for the OnePlus 9 (review) lineup that debuted earlier this year.
Back in January, OnePlus and OPPO confirmed that it will be merging their respective hardware R&D teams. In July, OnePlus confirmed that it would be merging the codebases of OxygenOS with OPPO’s ColorOS. Today, Lau dubbed OnePlus’ merger with OPPO as the starting point of “OnePlus 2.0” and claimed that the OxygenOS and ColorOS will be merged into a unified OS.
OnePlus and OPPO to launch unified OS in 2022
OnePlus and OPPO are in the process of merging their OxygenOS and ColorOS teams. The unnamed unified OS will be available on global versions of OnePlus and OPPO phones starting next year. Lau said that the new OS will offer a fast, smooth, clean, feature-rich, and stable experience by combing the strengths of OxygenOS and ColorOS. The new OS will adopt the simplicity and smoothness of OxygenOS, and it will inherit the stability of ColorOS, as per the brands.
The unified OS will be free from ads, bloatware, and unnecessary preloaded apps. The OS will offer a lot of customisations and it will offer a somewhat different experience on OnePlus and OPPO devices. Lau did not share any details on the features of the new OS, but he did mention that it will come with an easy-to-use camera interface, which not only consumes less battery power but also delivers better colour calibration by making the most of Hasselblad’s colour science on its flagship devices.
Lau revealed that the full merger of OxygenOS and ColorOS will be completed with the launch of Android 13 in 2022. He added that the integrated OS will be introduced with the launch of its next flagship series next year. Hence, it appears that the OnePlus 10 lineup that is expected to launch in Q1 2022 will offer the first look at the unified OS. Existing OnePlus and OPPO phones that are eligible to receive the Android 13 upgrade will also be treated with the unified OS.
OnePlus 2.0 product strategy
Lau also shared some information on the OnePlus global smartphone portfolio as a part of the OnePlus 2.0 vision. The numbered series flagship will be the most expensive OnePlus phone offering a premium experience. The R series include entry-level flagship phones. The Nord series will cater to the premium mid-range segment and the Nord CE lineup will comprise entry-level mid-range phones. Lastly, the Nord N-series will be the most affordable OnePlus phones from the brand.