First time ever: OnePlus will host a Special Event at CES 2020

By Prakhar Khanna | Published on 13-Dec-2019
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OnePlus recently won the CES Innovation Award 2020 for the OnePlus 7 Pro. Now, the company has announced that it will be hosting a Special Event at CES 2020. For reference, OnePlus has never been a part of CES. The company is all set to make its CES debut in 2020, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from January 7-10. As of now, we don’t have any information regarding the product or products OnePlus will be showcasing at the event. 

OnePlus has sent out media invites to announce its presence at CES 2020. The teaser has a tone of Orange-Black that is generally associated with its McLaren Edition phones. However, the company has already announced the McLaren Edition for the OnePlus 7T Pro. Also, we are not expecting another phone from the company as it launched the OnePlus 7T series a couple of months ago and the timeline doesn’t fit OnePlus’ regular launch cycle.

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So what is OnePlus up to? As for recent rumours, OnePlus is looking forward to launching an Airpods-rival. The company could announce its truly wireless earphones at the Special Event in CES 2020. According to the rumours, the next Bullets Wireless earbud from OnePlus could be truly wireless. We are expecting it to be showcased at CES 2020.

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To recall, OnePlus launched the OnePlus Bullets Wireless 2, which is indeed wireless but the earbuds themselves are tethered to each other via a cord. OnePlus’ rivals Samsung, Huawei and Apple have come out with the Galaxy Buds, Free Buds, and AirPods Pro, respectively. Even Realme is all set to introduce the Realme Buds Air on December 17.

OnePlus could also take the stage to announce its partnership with Qualcomm to introduce the Snapdragon 865 chipset in its upcoming devices. Several manufacturers have announced that their 2020 flagships will sport Snapdragon’s latest chipsets, but OnePlus is yet to say anything. It could also announce its plans to launch 5G devices in 2020. 

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As for phones, the most recent render spotted was for a mid-range device, which is being referred to as the OnePlus 8 Lite. OnePlus 8 Lite renders hint at a Galaxy Note10-like display. The device was shown to sport a centrally placed punch-hole display. The positioning is different from what we saw on the renders of OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro - they are supposed to have the punch-hole on the left corner. While OnePlus 8 Lite is said to come equipped with a USB Type-C port,  a 3.5mm headphone jack is not seen on the alleged device renders.

To recall, the company has launched a mid-ranger in the past, the OnePlus X. But it was launched in October. OnePlus has no history of launching devices in January, but then, it has never launched a Lite variant of its flagship either. However, we would suggest you keep your expectations minimal. Despite the rumours, OnePlus is unlikely to launch the OnePlus 8 series in January. If it’s a phone, information regarding it is highly likely to leak in the upcoming days.

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Prakhar Khanna
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