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OnePlus to invest Rs 1,000 crores in Hyderabad R&D facility

OnePlus to invest Rs 1,000 crores in Hyderabad R&D facility
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(From left) Vikas Agarwal, GM, OnePlus India, Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus and K T Rama Rao, working president, TRS during the inauguration of OnePlus India R&D Centre in Hyderabad on Monday
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Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus said that it plans to invest Rs 1000 crore on its first R&D centre opened here on Monday.

Hyderabad: Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus said that it plans to invest Rs 1000 crore on its first R&D centre opened here on Monday. The investment will make the R&D facility of the company the biggest such centre globally.

Founder and CEO of OnePlus Pete Lau said, "The company plans to grow the Hyderabad facility into its biggest R&D centre globally in three years by employing 1,500 people in the next three years. The facility currently has over 200 employees."

"We plan to re-focus our R&D efforts on a large scale and drive innovations in India for the global product, especially on the software side with special emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, 5G and IoT.

The facility will also support our global requirements including 5G solutions. While the facility will exclusively develop the innovations for OnePlus, Amazon, QualComm and Google will help the company as external partners.," he added.

The OnePlus R&D centre will house three labs -- camera lab, communications and networking labs and automation labs that will focus heavily on camera development, 5G testing and software, with focus on AI and performance testing.

Overall, the facility will focus on five areas including network, global carrier customisation, OxygenOS native apps, global product development, software innovation and finally, testing.

With regard to software and network, the centre will specifically work on the development of India-specific OxygenOS features, including OnePlus applications, design and development, and drive the 5G enablement for regions like India, EU and UK.

The centre will also contribute to nurturing and giving opportunities to fresh talent, with the company's ongoing campus hiring programme at a number of institutes, including the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Indian Institute of Technology-Mumbai, initiated last year, OnePlus said.

Earlier, inaugurating the new R&D facility, K T Rama Rao, Working President, TRS Party, asked Lau to set up a OnePlus manufacturing facility in Hyderabad for exports that the company is planning by the end of the calendar year and increase its head count to at least 3,000 in the next couple of years.

The company currently has its manufacturing facility in Noida.

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