OnePlus has posted a cryptic new image on its social media account that shows an unannounced product hidden in shadow. And as if that wasn’t intriguing enough, OnePlus claims the new device definitely isn’t a new phone.
The picture was shared by the @OnePlus_UK account – not the global accounts, suggesting whatever the product is it might be specific to the United Kingdom for now.
Despite its insistence that this is something completely different, the picture tweeted by OnePlus certainly looks like a smartphone.
Squinting at the gloomy shot, it’s possible to make out the blue anodised aluminium chassis of what appears to be the OnePlus 7 Pro or OnePlus 7T Pro, with the dual-curved sides glinting in the light. You can also just about make out the USB-C port at the bottom.
But if we’re taken the OnePlus social media bods at their word and this isn’t a smartphone, could it be what the handset is resting on? Like a Qi wireless charging pad with a similar design to Apple’s ill-fated AirPower.
With rumours swirling that OnePlus is gearing up to launch a fitness-focused smartwatch to see off competition from Google, it would make sense for the Shenzhen-based company to create a mat to charge multiple devices side-by-side.
The only problem with this idea? OnePlus doesn’t yet support wireless charging on any of its products. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine the firm launching a smartwatch that charges with a cable, so it seems likely we’ll OnePlus embrace Qi charging sooner rather than later, but for now, a charging pad seems a little unlikely.
What else? Well, OnePlus debuted its first Smart TV set in India back in September.
The company said it would focus its efforts on India – its biggest market worldwide – for now, but would look to bring the product to other regions in good time. Could it be that things have gone smoother than expected and we’re seeing the start of its push to bring the flatscreen set, complete with a built-in soundbar-like speaker and a whole slew of clever software tricks to integrate with your smartphone, to the UK in the coming weeks?
Unfortunately, brightening the cryptic image doesn’t reveal much. Trying to lift the shadows in Adobe Photoshop just reveals a small snippet of text that says “Nice Try”. So, clearer OnePlus has thought of everything here.
We can only hope that whatever it’s trying to drum-up interest in launches sooner rather than later. Express.co.uk will keep you posted with all the latest rumours and whispers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
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