It’s almost been a year since the OnePlus One began its retail journey through its extremely hated invite system worldwide. But things have changed a great deal today since back then, as the Chinese company has just announced that it has completely let go of that sales model for the smartphone. This will certainly please all those who’ve been clamouring for invites since a long time.
This transformation applies to all the markets where the ‘flagship killer’ handset is being sold currently, including India. So you can now head over to Amazon in order to directly purchase either the 16GB or 64GB models of the OnePlus One, which can be yours at Rs 18999 or Rs 21999, respectively.
In celebration of the opening up of sales of its One handset, the company has announced a one-day promotion which offers 75 percent discounts on its flip covers and premium screen protectors. However, these deals are only limited to the US, Canada, the European Union, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Quite noticeably, the decision of OnePlus to give the boot to the invite system comes right after Xiaomi let go of its Flipkart exclusively in India and made its devices more accessible than ever before. If this is not the reason for the change in strategy, the fact that a successor to the One is being prepped up for a launch right now definitely is.
A clear look at the specs of the OnePlus One:
– Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p full HD resolution
– OS: Android KitKat-based Cyanogen 11S (Lollipop-based Cyanogen OS 12 released)
– Processor: 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801
– GPU: Adreno 330
– Memory: 3GB RAM, 64GB/16GB storage (not expandable)
– Camera: 13MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3100mAh
The OnePlus One bore the dreaded invite system for around a year, and now it remains to be seen whether its successor will grab a similar sales model or will it take the usual approach.