In 2019 Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus marks several significant milestones for the company. This was the first time when OnePlus launched a series of phones within the first half of the year, two more than what we anticipated that’s the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. And the latter was the first 5G phone with OnePlus branding, also one of the first 5G handsets to reach consumers. The novelties don’t cease there, as OnePlus will launch its first Smart TV models this year, developed by a redesigned OnePlus 7T Pro.
The OnePlus TV will come in a 55-inch QLED version, and we shouldn’t be surprised to see different sizes for it. Curiously, the tweet was posted on the OnePlus Twitter deal with for India, which is rumoured to be the first market for OnePlus TV.
Aside from the screen size, the social media statement tells us that OnePlus is going for QLED display technology, which might be a sign that Samsung panels will be used in the sensible OnePlus TV models.
QLED shouldn’t be confused with OLED, which is currently the best type of TV display you can get. While Samsung is the king of OLED screens for smartphones, it’s LG that delivers the best OLED expertise when it comes to TVs.
QLED is a term Samsung coined for quantum dot LED TVs, which use the same LED source as a regular LED LCD TV. CNET has a great breakdown of the variations between QLED and OLED TVs.
The bottom line is that QLED TVs are much cheaper to manufacture than OLED TVs, while still delivering an important experience. Thus, OnePlus’s display screen selection revelation above also signals that the OnePlus TV needs to be inexpensive merchandise, one thing we’ve been suspecting all along. The truth that it’s going for the same screen tech as a few of Samsung’s best TVs doesn’t hurt either.
OnePlus TV should be unveiled at some point in the coming weeks, and launch by mid-October in India, at least according to some reports.