OnePlus has quickly grown into one of the most prolific Android phone manufacturers, moving from its original “budget flagship” to a steady stream of top-end phones. However, the company’s next device could take a big step up.
This is due to the fact that OnePlus has registered a trademark for the “OnePlus Pad” with the Office of the European Union for Intellectual Property, which seems to indicate an incoming tablet. OnePlus has never released a tablet so this would be a new step for the brand.
The listing, as reported for the first time by MySmartPrice, unfortunately gives nothing more besides the name. Sometimes trademark or regulatory filings contain pictures, diagrams, or other small details suggesting potential traits or capabilities, but not in this case; It is a trademark application for the brand name OnePlus Pad and not a specific device. As a result, any device is likely to be a long way off – if it is ever made at all.
Even so, the name seems pretty straightforward. All of OnePlus’ previous smartphones ship with Android, with the brand’s clean-looking and smooth-running OxygenOS skin on top, so it’s likely that their first tablet would do the same.
There are plenty of them in the market, but they are themselves best android tablets have never achieved the same kind of mindshare as Apple’s genre-defining – and still leading – iPad models.
However, Amazon’s super-affordable Fire tablets are great for simple content consumption, while Samsung makes a range of tablets in all price ranges. Both manufacturers have their tablets on our list of best tabletsalthough iPad models like the new one iPad Pro 2021 hold most places.
However, a potential OnePlus tablet could be an intriguing new option given the company’s reputation for quality in the smartphone space. A slim Android tablet with a premium feel, smooth software and a sub-flagship price could indeed be an eye-catcher. The biggest blow to OnePlus phones has also been the cameras, and that’s typically less of a concern for tablet users.
MySmartPrice reports that the OnePlus sister brand Realme has already announced its own upcoming tablet, while another sister brand, Vivo, is said to have registered a brand for the “Vivo Pad” with the same commission. If the details are right, it could indicate that the OnePlus Pad may be part of a larger tablet push from parent company BBK Electronics.
OnePlus has published that OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro Android flagship phones this spring, and both received strong 4.5-star ratings from Tom’s Guide. The company’s first smartwatch that is affordable OnePlus watch, was recently named the “best affordable smartwatch for Android users” by our senior author Kate Kozuch.
It remains to be seen whether a OnePlus pad will see the light of day at some point – the fact that OnePlus has registered the name isn’t in itself evidence that it will actually make such a device – but when it appears and if it can do it the same quality as the OnePlus 9 range, could be a real competitor. We will watch with interest.