Don’t Have an Invite? ‘OnePlus One’ Pre-orders Open in October!
The young OnePlus company has managed to impress everybody with the launch of the OnePlus One, a smartphone with amazing specs for the fraction of what it would cost to get the same on a flagship smartphone.
The OnePlus One might be an awesome smartphone, but it’s really hard to get your hands on one, at the moment. The single way to get one is throught an invite or by participating in various contests organized by the company.
But now the company has announced that they are finally going to release a pre-order system for all those of you who want to buy this amazing device. But there’s a trick here, alas. Here’s what the company said:
“The main issue with the invite model is that people need to invest considerable time into finding an invite. For some, this means making new friends at the OnePlus Forums, but others just want to buy the device. How can we improve the experience for the latter group while still managing our risk? Our answer to this problem is the OnePlus Pre-order System.
During a limited time window, you will be able to place an order for the OnePlus One. If we have the items in stock, we’ll ship immediately. If we don’t, it will automatically become a pre-order. No matter what, we’ll always tell you our best approximation for when it will ship before you submit the payment authorization (we’ll reserve the payment and charge you when we ship).”
So, if you want to buy the OnePlus One, then you’ll have to be real quick. OnePlus said that they had to keep tight control of the inventory in order to make sure that they only produce as many units as they can sell:
“Our current goals are finding the right product-market fit and user acquisition. To do so, we made the risky move to forego hardware margins. In this scenario, we do not have the ability to absorb miscalculations in inventory. Any excess inventory will lead to a direct loss, and a larger miscalculation means we need to close our doors.
We believe that we’re forcing positive change within our industry by increasing consumer choice and building better quality products, and we’re not looking to stop anytime soon. This is why we have to be conservative and only produce the amount of devices we’re 100% sure will be sold. ”
Let’s have a look at the main specs of the $299 smartphone:
- 5.5-inch full HD display
- 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
- 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU
- Pure Android 4.4.2 KitKat called CyanogenMod 11S