Cyanogen Inc. is making moves on its next officially-endorsed piece of hardware, but this time it isn't with an OEM we've heard of, at least according to a source who asked not be named with knowledge of the situation. While Cyanogen Inc. did indeed tease such a new hardware partner on Google+, we've got a few extra details on the upcoming device that you might be interested in.
First, we're hearing that the phone will be made by a "new company" - not any existing OEM we're familiar with. Whether that means the OEM is out there but simply new / obscure or that the company doesn't exist yet, we're not sure. Second, the phone will be powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AC chipset (as was also leaked by an Oppo employee on Sina Weibo), which would appear to be a recent revision to Qualcomm's flagship chip allowing a slightly higher CPU clock speed. We also know the phone will be "normal size," as opposed to a large device like the Galaxy Note 3 or the CM-sporting Oppo N1.
Finally, our source was able to confirm that the new hardware partner and announcement are definitively related to Oppo VP Pete Lau's resignation from that company, as was speculated after Steve Kondik posted on Google+ that Lau and Cyanogen Inc. were working on a phone that would "fuse truly amazing software with the highest quality hardware available."
That's all the info we have for now, but like the Cyanogen Inc. Google+ post says, be on the lookout for more info the coming weeks.