The collaboration between OnePlus and McLaren has come to an end according to what was stated by a spokesman of the automaker to the colleagues of Android Authority :
Our partnership with OnePlus, recently came to the conclusion, as planned, it was a great collaboration between two brands that are iconic and innovative. From the beginning of the cooperation in 2108, OnePlus has been a partner evolved and appreciated; we make our best wishes and we hope to see them again in the future.
In concrete terms: stop the limited edition produced by the chinese company in collaboration with the car manufacturer. The route was started in 2018 with the launch of OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition differed from the standard version to the body that took the logo and the unmistakable coloring of cars of the british brand, and for the carbon fibre finish on the back. The smartphone was also equipped with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, respectively 8GB and 128GB in the base version), and supported the charging Warp Charge 30.
The year after, it was OnePlus 7T Pro hold high the banner McLaren: the differences with OnePlus 7T Pro were more limited: there was the cut of memory with 12GB of RAM, a new color and a cover made with high quality materials. Exclusive but not too much we wrote at the time, because the gap with the standard edition was not so marked.
The collaboration with McLaren has led to a third model at the beginning of this year, but unlike the previous is not designed to reach the market, but as a concept phone that has captured the attention at CES 2020. This is the Concept One developed to highlight the innovative technologies like those that allow you to make invisible the cameras. To underline the link with the McLaren were the solutions used for the construction: finishes and materials (glass and leather) we had much in common with those of the cars of the british brand, the coloration could be orange.
The LATEST SMARTPHONE was BORN FROM the COLLABORATION BETWEEN ONEPLUS AND MCLAREN is NOT expected TO REACH THE MARKET
From the statement of the spokesman of the McLaren seems to stop the collaboration with OnePlus is not the result of a sudden break but an epilogue planned. The versions of the McLaren smartphone OnePlus have made to pay the price of exclusivity (and differences in hardware), with figures a little higher than those of the standard versions; it is not excluded that in the renewed business strategy of OnePlus – who wants to go back to offer more cheap smartphones – exclusive versions like those McLaren’s are less space.