05 June 2020
Update: June 1, 2020
McLaren has reportedly confirmed to Android Authority that its long-standing partnership with OnePlus is now over.
In an emailed statement to the publication, a McLaren spokesperson said,
Our partnership with OnePlus, which came to its scheduled conclusion recently, has been a highly successful collaboration between two iconic and innovative brands. Since the start of this partnership in 2018, OnePlus has been a supportive, valued partner and we wish them well and hope to see them in the future.
Original Post (May 22, 2020)
We may not see any OnePlus McLaren Edition going forward from here as the partnership between the two companies has possibly ended. A Redditor brought this to everyone’s knowledge by pointing out that OnePlus is no longer listed as a Formula 1 partner for McLaren for the 2020 F1 season. Later, XDA Developers confirmed this as well by cross-checking the same. OnePlus was on the list until March 29, 2929, at least, but it is no longer listed, alluding to the fact that we may not see the OnePlus 8T Pro McLaren Edition.
Last year, OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition and we even saw the Concept One smartphone with McLaren-influenced papaya orange leather back. The first product of this partnership was, however, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition that was unveiled following the announcement of the partnership between the two companies.
Back in 2018, OnePlus and McLaren announced that they will unlock a new “long-term technology” partnership, though neither disclosed what it meant for the future. If the delisting of the name of OnePlus is anything to do with the partnership then we may no longer see any new special edition coming out. It is possible that the partnership has just been completely ended between the two parties. But we should wait for more insights in order to come to any conclusion.
It is possible that OnePlus may bring some other special editions of its upcoming phones hereafter. Before partnering with McLaren, OnePlus had announced a special edition of its OnePlus 5T – Stars Wars: The Last Jedi Edition, and later on, we also saw OnePlus 6 Marvel Avenger Edition. So, it is very possible that the company is looking for more such opportunities, though it may not be too easy to pull off such shots at this time. The coronavirus outbreak has made a real crisis for every industry in the tech market and this could be the reason why the two companies might just have ended their partnership and why we may not see OnePlus going for any new partnership at this time.