The OnePlus One was launched last week, and while the phone sounds like an awesome deal in terms of specs and value for money, we’ve often contemplated the fact that we’re dealing with a smartphone startup as opposed to an established brand.
But our doubts have been dealt a solid kick to the privates this week, with the news that OnePlus One production is officially being cranked up a notch due to higher-than-expected demand. Good stuff.
That’s the word straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth, with abundant wordage over on the OnePlus forums.
“After our product announcement, we realized that far more people wanted the One than what we originally anticipated,” writes Staff Member Carl. “Over the past few days, we have been frantically adjusting our production schedule to make sure that as many people possible can buy the One, as soon as possible.
“In our updated plan, we prioritized for two aspects; time to market and availability of the high capacity model (in that order). We now know that people want the 64GB Sandstone Black far more than the 16GB Silk White, but we also know that more than everything, people just want to get their hands on the device as soon as possible.”
As such, the revised OnePlus One production schedule looks like this:
- Ready now - 100 for phone smashers
- Mid to late May - Larger batch 16GB Silk White for the first batch of invites
- Early June - Larger batch 64GB Sandstone Black
- Later in June - Increased general availability, people who want it should be able to get an invite without much trouble in June
OnePlus One specs include a 5.5in 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 3,100mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and KitKat Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11S.
The real killer is the price, with the 16GB Silk White model coming in at £229, and the 64GB Sandstone Black demanding a modest £269.
What do you think? Desperate to get your hands on a OnePlus One? Or are you content to sit back and see what happens with the first batch? Or heck, maybe you're still thoroughly unconvinced by these plucky OnePlus upstarts. In any case, hit us up below.