OnePlus and McLaren have worked together on the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7T editions of the popular OnePus devices, which offered a great look and some nice extras for those who opted to pay the price. However, it appears that the partnership is off for 2020.
Eagle-eyed internet users have observed that McLaren hasn’t listed OnePlus as one of its partners for the 2020 F1 season. OnePlus sponsored McLaren in 2018 and 2019, the years when the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7T McLaren editions were available on the market.
A quiet exit?
TheMcLarn variants came with a few extra perks that made them quite popular among some OnePlus fans. The signature trait was the rear design, which was inspired by the racing cars made by McLaren and sporting the Papaya Orange signature color. Premium materials were also used, and the overall design is quite pleasant.
Under the hood, most of the components were the same, but the McLaren Edition came with the same storage space as the Pro versions, while also carrying additional RAM. For example, the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro come with 8GB of RAM, but the McLaren Edition comes with 12.
A new deal could be signed
The reasons for the break-up remain elusive for now, although some theories are already floating on the internet. Some fans argue that OnePlus is already an established brand. It no longer needs expensive editions to attract fans.
Another reason is the price. McLaren versions are more expensive in comparison to the regular ones, and the OnePlus 8 is already the most expensive device offered by the company. It is estimated that a McLaren Edition OnePlus 8 would have been priced beyond $1,000.
Since OnePlus began life as an affordable flagship-killer, the shift towards higher prices hasn’t been received well by fans, and the current econocomic context is far from being favorable.
However, the two companies could strike another deal in 2021.