OnePlus is holding a major launch event on 7 February in India where it will unveil its latest phones, the 11 and 11 R, and new earbuds, the Buds Pro 2.
Rumours that the company was working on a tablet have now been confirmed by the appearance of the OnePlus Pad on the firm’s Indian website.
Its homepage lists a series of products including the OnePlus Pad and the OnePlus TV 65 Q2 Pro, although there’s no mention of the mechanical keyboard that the company tweeted about a few days ago.
Our first mechanical keyboard, coming February 7
— OnePlus (@oneplus) January 23, 2023
The tablet, unlike a keyboard, makes a lot of sense as an addition to OnePlus’ range. For a long time Samsung was one of the only well-known brands that was making Android tablets, but now there’s a much broader choice.
Only in the last six months Oppo – OnePlus’ parent company – launched its first Android tablet in Europe. In our review of the Pad Air, we concluded it was a good choice for anyone on a budget.
Oppo Pad Air
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While there a good chance the OnePlus Pad will borrow from one of Oppo’s other tablets, it doesn’t look to be based on the Pad Air. Instead, the high-resolution image on OnePlus’ homepage shows a very thin screen bezel.
Speaking to TechRadar, OnePlus said the Pad has an aluminium body and that the colour seen in the image is called Halo Green. It also said the centrally-mounted rear camera is there, rather than in a corner, because it lines up with your own view.
Besides this and a few leaked renders, there’s very little else known about the device. The only clue is in the tagline ‘Smooth without equal’ which could refer to a high-refresh-rate screen. Make of that what you will.
News of the Pad first broke in July 2022 when a listing was spied on the EUIPO website. This doesn’t include any details, and certainly no specifications. All we know for sure is that it’s an Android tablet, and it’ll almost certainly have ColorOS on top, too.
With mere days to go until the launch, there’s not too long to wait to see exactly what’s in store.