The merger between OnePlus and Oppo is becoming increasingly concrete, with the former announcing that it has entrusted part of its research and development to One PLUS.

This was an open secret given the latest smartphones announced by OnePlus and their similarity to Oppo devices. Nevertheless, the Chinese brand confirmed this Thursday at the Android Authority site that it now shares its research and development pole with Oppo.

“In order to maximize resources and increase OnePlus’ growth position, we are in the process of further integrating part of the R&D capabilities within OPLUS, our long-term investor,” said the manufacturer. However, the Chinese brand is trying to reassure consumers who might fear a complete absorption of OnePlus by Oppo: “OnePlus will continue to operate independently and is working to provide the best possible experience for 

OnePlus users and future OnePlus users.

As a reminder, OPLUS is the group behind the Oppo, OnePlus and Realme brands. It is part of the larger BBK Electronics group, which also owns Vivo, but this Chinese manufacturer is separate from the other three brands.

A RAPPROCHEMENT ANTICIPATED SINCE THE N10 AND N100 NORTHERN ONEPLUS

The news of the merger between OnePlus and Oppo does not come as a surprise. OnePlus has launched two entry-level smartphones in recent months, the OnePlus Nord N10 and OnePlus Nord N100. These two devices were named OnePlus, but had much more to do with Oppo branded phones, such as the Oppo A53. At the time of their announcement, there was already concern that OnePlus would lose its identity as it sought growth and increased market share.

Finally, the confirmation of OnePlus thus completes this rapprochement between the manufacturer and its owner. A merger that seemed inevitable given the direction taken by the brand. It is not yet known whether OnePlus will actually continue to offer original models or whether the manufacturer will rely on turnkey models created by OPLUS in the future.