Ever since OnePlus first launched it’s been a widely held belief that it shared R&D resources with other BKK subsidiaries such as OPPO, Realme, and Vivo, among others. OnePlus has always been keen to state its independence from its smartphone-making siblings, but now it seems that whether it was indeed so is a moot point with the news that it will officially integrate its R&D efforts within OPLUS.
In case you were wondering, OPLUS is an investor group that oversees OPPO, Realme, and OnePlus, and the R&D integration could result in a whole new level of similarity between the three smartphone brands.
OnePlus emailed an official statement to Android Authority confirming the move:
“To better maximize resources and further position OnePlus for growth, we are in the process of further integrating some R&D capabilities within OPLUS, our long-term investor. OnePlus will continue operating independently and working to deliver the best possible user experience for existing and future OnePlus users.”
It seems that the closer levels of cooperation don’t yet stretch to software and are limited to hardware for the moment, at least. Still, those familiar with OxygenOS and ColorOS will recognize the increasing similarities between the two skins.
What do you think of OnePlus and OPPO officially merging their R&D efforts? Will it influence your decision when considering which phone to buy next?