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OnePlus could open a retail store in France this year

French OnePlus fans might be able to buy future OnePlus products from a dedicated retail store.

Published onSeptember 4, 2018

The OnePlus logo.
  • According to an interview with Carl Pei, there could be a OnePlus France retail store opening soon.
  • The proposed retail shop would sell OnePlus smartphones and accessories.
  • It is possible that the store could open to coincide with the launch of the OnePlus 6T.

If you’re a OnePlus fan and you live in France, we have some potentially good news: it seems that OnePlus is planning to open a dedicated retail shop in Paris at some point this year.

According to an interview with Carl Pei conducted by French site Les Echos, OnePlus has been working on a retail store in France for quite some time. OnePlus products are already available in about twenty shops via the French mobile carrier Bouygues. OnePlus hopes that the number of shops could expand to “several hundred” soon (Bouygues has over 500 retail locations).

With the success of OnePlus’ retail presence in France, it seems like a natural fit to open a shop dedicated only to OnePlus gear.

The OnePlus 6T will launch in October – on T-Mobile
OnePlus 6

Although Pei doesn’t say where specifically the OnePlus Paris shop will be, nor when it will open, he did say that “the opening of the store should be at the time of our next launch.” The next launch of a OnePlus device is assumed to be for the OnePlus 6T in October or November.

With the reveal that the OnePlus 6T will launch on T-Mobile as well as the recently-leaked information pointing to a radical design of the device, the OnePlus 6T is shaping up to be the company’s biggest — and most exciting — launch yet.

Throughout the rest of the interview, Pei discusses OnePlus’ long-term commitment to its business (“In our office, we have this maxim: ‘a healthy and enduring business’,”) as well as the troubles it faces selling product physically rather than online (“Physical selling requires a lot of skills that we do not have right now”). He also says that OnePlus’ biggest (and only) competitor is OnePlus itself.

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