OnePlus is paying for Robert Downey Jr. ads instead of waterproof certification

Fresh off breaking box office records with Avengers: Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. has returned to his hobby of endorsing smartphones, this time agreeing a deal with OnePlus. The Chinese company tells The Verge that it intends to use the famous actor’s visage across Asia, with its home country and India being the focal points. Downey Jr. has signaled his enthusiasm with a photo on his Weibo page, featuring a sky-blue McLaren, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and a suit-plus-sneakers combo.

OnePlus has always touted its commitment to getting its users and fans the highest possible specs at the lowest conceivable price. That’s why, the company claims, it’s not wasting money on getting its phones IP certification for water resistance. And yet, with every…

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