After the recent scandal that uncovered that OnePlus were stealing and harvesting user data via hidden apps and executable protocols within OxygenOS, OnePlus have made a conscious effort to become a more open and transparent company to win back the love and trust of their fans – as well as dispelling any myths about them that might be running through the rumour cycle. One way in which they've done that is through blog posts explaining the rationale behind key decisions made surrounding their smartphones; currently looking deeper into their mid-generation refresh the OnePlus 5T.
Previously, they have used this medium to explain why they stuck with metal backs on their smartphones instead of implementing wireless charging](https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/lets-talk-about-wireless-charging.676075/) (spoiler alert - they think Dash Charging is better), as well as why they haven't jumped aboard the headphone jack ditching bandwagon. And today, they've shed some light on the design philosophy behind their smartphones.
A particular point which they drew attention to in said post was attention to detail. As they are close to the factories that manufacture their devices in Shenzen, and shorter supply lines allow them to develop and manufacture new prototypes at a much faster rate than most OEMs – which allowed for over 100 unique iterations of the OnePlus 5T to be produced during its design process.
In addition to this, OnePlus designers discussed how they chose to opt to replace the iconic sandstone back on the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 with the all-aluminium unibody design of the OnePlus 3, which they stuck with moving forward. They claimed that while it was initially a part of the unique OnePlus identity, it was high on the community's list of requests; which is why they opted to seek new ways to develop their identity while using a unibody aluminium construction, as to preserve their brand personality. Examples of this include the gently curved ergonomic back of the device, as well as the horizon line.
Finally, they briefly discussed the pursuit of thinner devices. They claim that a thinner device is generally easier and more enjoyable to hold, and while many users may ask for them to revert to making thicker devices in order to allow for larger batteries, the team feel that "very few users would take a thicker phone over a slimmer phone." While this is in fact, rather debatable. we do see how OnePlus' motivation to improve the general experience for users is fueling these decisions, as opposed to making devices thinner for the sake of it ~like a certain fruit-loving manufacturer~.
What do you guys think? Are you fascinated to learn more about the rationale behind OnePlus and their smartphone design? Is there anything you would have done differently to OnePlus in terms of improving the device? Let us know in the comments, or head over to our friends at Android Central to read their review of the OnePlus 5T.
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