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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said to have exited the company for a "new venture"

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has left the company. (Image: Carl Pei/Twitter)
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has left the company. (Image: Carl Pei/Twitter)
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has quietly exited the company to start a new venture. Pei’s departure appears to have happened shortly after the OnePlus Nord was launched.
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OnePlus has lost one of its key executives following the apparent departure of co-founder Carl Pei. Android Central is reporting that Pei left the company some time in the past few weeks and, according to its sources, no longer appears in the most recent organizational chart. OnePlus is a darling brand for many die-hard Android fans, so news of Pei’s departure after nearly seven years will come as a shock to some.

Most recently, Pei had been heading up the OnePlus Nord affordable smartphone line. Early OnePlus fans had started to become critical of the company as its flagship handsets have become increasingly expensive. OnePlus had originally launched with the catchphrase “Flagship Killer” as its early flagships delivered flagship features at prices that significantly undercut the competition. The Nord line was introduced to try to bring the value equation back to OnePlus smartphones.

The timing of Pei’s departure seems to have come not long after the first OnePlus Nord smartphone was launched in early August. OnePlus has been approached for comment by several publications but the only official remark thus far has been “No comment”. As some have suggested, this only seems to confirm that Pei has indeed moved on. Following the publication of the Android Central story, TechCrunch reported that Pei left OnePlus for a new startup, although it isn’t clear what 31-year old entrepreneur has planned.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1286 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-10-13 (Update: 2020-10-13)