It’s no secret that OnePlus is working on a range of 4K TVs. Heck, we’ve known that since CEO Pete Lau announced the endeavor back in September 2018 and confirmed the OnePlus TV name in August 2019. In the interim, however, several new details surfaced — like the fact sizing will start at 43 and run through 75 inches.
Truth be told, much of what we’ve heard to date comes from a recent submission to the Bluetooth SIG (all devices that utilize Bluetooth must first receive a certification issued by the Bluetooth SIG), with the documentation stating that the so-called “unique” Android TVs all have an LED screen, not to be confused OLED or QLED.
The model numbers, also included in the listing, seem to reveal more details — the 43-inch variant will be exclusive to India, while the 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch models will hit the shelves in China and the United States, with the size apparently indicated by the first two characters in the code and the region by the last two.
The OnePlus TV is … unique
What’s even more interesting is the fact OnePlus chose to describe its forthcoming 4K TVs as “unique” Android TVs. Why? Because Google doesn’t allow a whole lot of customization when it comes to Android TV, leading some to speculate that the Chinese firm may have struck some sort of deal with the American behemoth.
On the other hand, OnePlus could be hinting that it’s the hardware itself that’s unique — and that seems a lot more feasible. After all, OnePlus is no stranger to pushing the envelope when it comes to design; it was one of the first smartphone makers to launch a handset with a pop-up camera and rushed to adopt edge-to-edge screens.
The fact of the matter is, we don’t know what it’s working on. The above details have been formulated from the odd scrap of information listed in a filing online or released by Lau, so best take the assumed conclusions with a considerable pinch of salt. All we know for certain is that it’s working on a TV.
It’s safe to say that the OnePlus TV branding isn’t the unique aspect the firm is referring to, though — we’ve been referring to the range as that since OnePlus announced that it was going to be building a television back in 2018. However, OnePlus assures us a lot more thought went into choosing the name than one would think, noting:
We’ve explained the meaning behind “OnePlus” — “One” represents “at the moment” and “Plus” means endless possibilities for the future, and we sort of made a tribute to this concept when we designed this logo — this is our OnePlus way to show the world that it is our first step to explore the endless possibilities in a broader spectrum.
When will the OnePlus TV launch?
There’s no word on when the OnePlus TV — or 1+ LED TV, as it’s referred to in the Bluetooth SIG listing — will hit the shelves. That said, new hardware doesn’t tend to crop up on the SIG’s online database until it’s ready to be cast into the market.