Recently, OnePlus officially unveiled the OnePlus 2, a high-end smartphone that the company calls a “flagship killer.” But, just in case that device didn’t pique your interest, the company might have another device on the way that does.
In a new interview with USA Today, the OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei talked about quite a few different things, including the company’s business model, the recently announced OnePlus 2′s lack of NFC support, and also what’s coming next. Pei said that the company does plan on launching another device by the end of 2015, but was coy on whether or not the handset would be more highly-specced than the OnePlus 2.
Pei added that he was having a hard time deciding between that mystery device and the OnePlus 2 as his daily driver, if that’s any indication.
As for the OnePlus 2 and the fact it’s lacking NFC support, something of a strange feature to be missing from a phone these days, Pei says the whole issue is “overblown.” He notes that “very few” people use NFC on their smartphone, and as far as Android Pay is concerned, that support is coming. However, that won’t be for awhile, as apparently OnePlus is waiting for NFC to become a commonly-used feature, rather than just something that exists on a smartphone. Pei added that in “12-18 months,” when that NFC support is more likely, most people will have moved onto a new device.
As far as the OnePlus business model goes, the co-founder says that the company has considered branching out away from just selling smartphones. In fact, Pei notes that the company almost showcased a fitness tracker recently, but decided to skip it because it would go against the company’s “open culture.” Pei added that OnePlus won’t make TVs or even smart scales, either.
What do you think of Pei’s comments? Should the OnePlus 2 feature NFC? Would it be smart for them to launch another high-end phone in just a matter of months?