OnePlus CEO: We're going to start talking to US carriers

From CNET: OnePlus could be inching closer to breaking into the mainstream.

Pete Lau, chief executive of the niche Chinese phone manufacturer, said the company would begin talks with US carriers this year.

"If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we'll be very happy to experiment," he said in an interview at the Bellagio outside of CES on Wednesday. He declined to give any specific time frame for when a deal might be struck. (Lau spoke Chinese, and Carl Pei, co-founder and global director, served as the translator.)

While OnePlus is well known among hardcore Android enthusiasts and the technologically savvy, the company has been flying under the radar in the US. A potential deal with a carrier would bring the company a higher-profile distribution partner and potentially supercharge its brand.

"The big issue is becoming known," said Maribel Lopez, an analyst with Lopez Research.

Still small, OnePlus is riding a lot of momentum. The company saw its OnePlus 5T become its fastest- and best-selling product after its launch in November, according to Pei. The previous best seller? The OnePlus 5, which launched in June.

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