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It appears that Oppo VP's departure was staged in an attempt to launch a global brand

It was widely stated that OnePlus was a Beijing, China startup launched when former Oppo Electronics VP Pete Lau struck out on his own.  The company just carried out a soft launch of the OnePlus One (1+1), which is expected to make a splash in the U.S., Europe, and other lucrative markets, thanks to its terrific spec at an unbeatable price.
 
But an interesting question has popped up, wondering just how independent OnePlus really is from Oppo Electronics.  Twitter leaker @evleaks points out that OnePlus' webpages are registered to Oppo:
OnePlus One
OnePlus One

Whoisology lists oneplus.net's admin as:
  • Name: zhou jin  (117)
  • Org.: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.,LTD  (3)
  • Email: zhoujin1689@oppo.com  (2)
Phone Arena has dug up even more compelling evidence showing documents filed with the Shenzhen Municipal Market Supervisory Authority (SIPO) which (in Chinese) indicate that OnePlus has one shareholder and exclusive owner -- Oppo.
 
So by the looks of it Pete Lau's departure was more theater than reality and the OnePlus One's resemblance to the Find 7 was more derivation rather than coincidence.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, or even all that unique.
 
OPPO Find 7
The Oppo Find 7 -- notice the resemblance?

The Hong Kong, China-based Lenovo Group Ltd. (HKG:0992) recently launched a purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. (GOOG) for $2.91B USD.  Motorola is expected to act for Lenovo much as OnePlus may be acting for Oppo.  In China it will still sell smartphones under its own name (Lenovo), but in the U.S. it will sell under the fresh brand name (Motorola).
 
Lenovo, however, was certainly much more forthcoming about its strategy than Oppo.

Sources: Whoisology, via @evleaks, PhoneArena





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