With sunlight pouring in from a giant sliding door in a suite at Palo Alto, Calif.’s luxury Nobu hotel, Carl Pei sits on a firm grey couch. It’s early April and he has a lot on his plate. The company he helped co-found is a month away from announcing the new OnePlus 6 in London. On top of that, nearly a week ago, he caught flak on — where else? — Twitter for a tweet.
In an attempt to pre-empt the criticism OnePlus would catch for adding an iPhone X-style notch on its new flagship, Pei wrote, “Learn to love the notch” with a winking emoji. Soon after, he received backlash for its perceived dismissive and condescending tone.
“People didn’t understand what I meant and they were quite upset,” he said. “That’s why I deleted it.”
Because the notch can be turned off with a software update, OnePlus fans won’t have to gripe too much about it. But his comments are…