The infamous “flagship killer” of 2014 – the OnePlus One stirred up feelings and pumped the hype, drawing interest and drool from smartphone aficionados worldwide. The device promised flagship specs and hot looks at half the price of a competing high-shelf phone, and for the most part – that’s exactly what it delivered. Unfortunately, OnePlus decided to not sell the handset outright, but implemented an invite system instead. Many managed to buy the phone, but many more just got annoyed, frustrated, and ultimately – infuriated at the company.
Well, OnePlus still stands firm behind its decision to sell its phones via invites – it will do the same with the upcoming Two. “More hardware companies have died from having too much inventory than from having too few sales” OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said. The invite system is being justified as a tool to prevent overstocking, instead of being a hype tool.
However, admirers who are afraid that buying a OnePlus Two will be another discouraging ordeal can now breathe a sigh of relief. The company states that it has learned from past mistakes and will now be ready with as much as 50 times more units available at launch. While users were previously supposed to hunt for invites at social media sites before, now, it’ll be a simple registration system – fill in your e-mail and wait for your invite. Most cards will just be digital, but there will be a few printed ones for special occasions. And, just like before, OnePlus Two buyers will get invites to share with friends, but this time around, it will happen much faster.
A more streamlined and well-organized process could definitely be a necessity, as the OnePlus Two seems like it will be a hot device, as the company is again up to it’s strangely effective shenanigans, and actively raising interest in it. The first camera samples are already fact and show quite the potent snapper. The phone will have a Snapdragon 810 (v2.1) SoC, 4 GB of RAM, a metal build, and a “larger battery” than the one on the OnePlus One. Its price is expected to, again, be a shocker, somewhere south of $450.
So, were you one of the would-be OnePlus customers who got disheartened by the invite system? Does this report make you feel more at ease with the new process, or are you off the OnePlus hype train for good?