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There Will Be No OnePlus X Successor, Company To Focus On Flagship Handsets

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(Photo : OnePlus.net) OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the discontinuation of the OnePlus X.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus recently launched its new Android flagship smartphone for 2016 earlier this week.

Design & Trend reported yesterday that the OnePlus 3 impressed most critics with its build quality, 16-megapixel camera and its 6GB RAM. The handset came with considerably high specs despite being offered at a relatively low price of just $399.

For many buyers today, prices are a huge factor in deciding what Android smartphone to buy, and OnePlus has always excelled in that aspect.

Last year in October, the Chinese phone maker introduced the OnePlus X, the company's third smartphone. The X is also the company's first mid-range handset which only sold for $249.

Even though it had specs that are lower than the OnePlus 2, the X still impressed many with its build quality and performance.

However, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that they will be focusing on the flagship line and will not make a follow-up to the OnePlus X, according to Android Community.

This means that the company will only continue working on the OnePlus 3 and its successors, completely discontinuing its efforts on producing mid-range handsets under the OnePlus X line.

The exact reason why the company has decided to do this has not yet been revealed, but OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei provided a hint as to why they reached this decision.

"A lot of time and effort goes into developing a product," Pei said in response to a user asking if they were releasing a OnePlus X successor during a Reddit AMA session.

"With limited resources we need to be laser focused to even have a chance of releasing a product that can cut through the market clutter."

Even though Pei was somewhat vague in his answer, it does hint that OnePlus may have decided to discontinue the X line because of the company's "limited resources."

Right now, it's clear that the Chinese company is focusing on the OnePlus 3. This is the very first handset from the company that is openly available to purchase without an invitation.

"This time around it's our third year and we feel like it's no longer valid to have the excuse that we're still a growing company," Pei told WIRED.

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