OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei announced his departure from the corporate during a blog post on the OnePlus Community forum.
Earlier in the week , reports of Pei’s departure had surfaced within the media before the company’s major launch event for OnePlus 8T. TechCrunch had first reported that Pei had left the corporate to start out his own venture.
Android Central and Android Police had further reported that the OnePlus co-founder had left the corporate a short time ago.
Pei confirmed the news through a blog post that read, “After nearly 7 years at OnePlus, I’ve made the difficult decision to mention goodbye.”
Pei had co-founded OnePlus with CEO Pete Lau in December 2013. Pei had been instrumental in designing the OnePlus smartphone line-up. last , Pei had played a key role in heading the company’s affordable smartphone brand, OnePlus Nord, which was launched earlier this year.
“Having just turned 24 when OnePlus started, it’s where I spent most of my 20s, and also where I grew up. From nervously interviewing my first employee, to facing severe fear the primary time I presented a product, to learning the way to manage a team… The journey has been real,” wrote Pei.
“I am eternally grateful to Pete for taking an opportunity during this kid without a college degree, with nothing to his name but a dream. The trust, mentorship, and camaraderie will never be forgotten. Thanks for the chance of a lifetime,” he added.
Pei didn’t provide a specific reason for his leaving the company or confirm the reports of him starting his own venture.
“These past years, OnePlus has been my singular focus, and everything else has had to require a backseat. I’m looking forward to taking a while off to decompress and catch up with my family and friends. then follow my heart on to what’s next,” he said.