OnePlus co-founder reportedly leaving phone maker for own venture

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei

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The co-founder of Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has seemingly left the company, in accordance with a report Monday. Carl Pei was absent from an inner memo itemizing OnePlus‘ management, Android Police reported citing a screenshot by a Reddit user who urged that Pei had both stepped down or was faraway from the place.

The reported departure comes simply forward of the OnePlus 8T event, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Pei’s is departing OnePlus to start his own venture, in accordance with TechCrunch, though no particulars about that enterprise have been instantly out there.

OnePlus did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

In 2019, OnePlus ranked eighth within the US market with simply 0.6% market share, in accordance with Counterpoint Analysis, however its phone sales more than tripled last year — by far the largest achieve of any firm within the US market, the analyst agency stated.

The primary OnePlus cellphone debuted in 2014, counting on excessive specs at a lower cost level than Samsung and Apple. Now it has a variety of telephones at mid- and high-tier value factors, just like the OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 7T and the 5G OnePlus Nord. The corporate has grown its enterprise from a cell startup to a participant with significance that is arguably achieved extra buzz than established manufacturers like Razr. And it has been in a position to break in to the US market in contrast to fellow Chinese language model Huawei.

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Corinne Reichert