Last week, it was reported that OnePlusâ€™ partnership with McLaren might be coming to an end because the phone maker is no longer listed as a 2020 F1 partner on the McLaren website. Weâ€™ve now received official word from the British sports car manufacturer, making it clear that its long-standing partnership with OnePlus is now over.
In an emailed statement to Android Authority, 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.
The last product we saw as a result of the OnePlus-McLaren partnership was the OnePlus Concept One. It had McLarenâ€™s logo stamped on it and the companyâ€™s signature Papaya Orange leather finish. McLaren even supplied OnePlus with the electrochromic glass found in high-end cars for the Concept Oneâ€™s camera.
Though the OnePlus Concept One never saw an official release, we did see McLaren Edition models of the OnePlus 7T Pro and OnePlus 6T that went on sale with souped-up specs and exclusive designs. With the latest confirmation, itâ€™s safe to say that there wonâ€™t be any OnePlus 8 McLaren editions this year, or subsequent McLaren-branded OnePlus phones in the future.
The end of OnePlusâ€™ collaboration with McLaren doesnâ€™t necessarily mean that there wonâ€™t be any new special edition OnePlus phones, however. The company previously tied up with Disney for Star Wars and Marvel-themed devices, and we could see it enter more such partnerships in the future.