With many companies launching wearables, many had expected OnePlus to follow suit. However last year the company confirmed that they were about to launch a smartwatch but decided against it, claiming that they needed to focus on the current products which are phones instead of branching out into too many areas.
This is also why OnePlus decided not to launch a second-gen OnePlus X this year as well. We suppose for a fledgling company that doesn’t have the resources of Apple or Samsung, it made sense, but we’re sure many are always going to wonder what could have been. The good news for those who are curious about OnePlus’ plans, the company’s co-founder Carl Pei recently posted a sketch of the OnePlus smartwatch on his Twitter account.
According to Pei, “What could have been but never will be. Sketches circa 2015.” As you can see from the drawings, OnePlus had planned a smartwatch with a round face, which is kind of the norm these days. It’s hard to tell the exact design just by looking at the drawings, but we are reminded a bit of the Moto 360.
The drawings also suggest that the main component of the watch can be detached from the band, allowing users to swap bands easily, but other than that it is unclear as to what kind of features there might be, although from what we can tell it doesn’t look like a heart rate sensor was part of it. Perhaps in the future OnePlus could revisit wearables, but for now we’ll just have to live with what could have been.