The OnePlus 2 sale on Amazon.in has began and is all set to play host to the OnePlus One successor smartphone in India. Apart this, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei says, the company is hoping to go offline, but will never settle for mediocrity. Over a year since its launch, OnePlus has created a big competition in the smartphone industry, and with OnePlus One, the company really has given big brand a run for their money by showing the world that top end specs can come at a very affordable price points. Now that the second phone came with a name, OnePlus 2, starts selling in India today.
In the response of an experts email interview asking about global OnePlus 2 launch and India in specific, Carl Pei says its our second product, and we more anxious, and don’t know whether we got lucky with our first product and waren’t sure that we could replicate it with the new OnePlus 2 smartphone.
He said that they have more than three million entries in the invite reservation list, and their global pop-up events conducted in nine cities gathered immense crowds, some of whom starting lining up the day before. I think the only precedent to this is Apple.
Regarding India, he said, are targeting a quite savvy and wordly segment of consumers, which is growing rapidly. Exactly what we seen here is that habits do not match that much from their counterparts in the United States and Europe. They particularly want the best product. Period.
Clarifies that the OnePlus One will keep being sold a few months as OnePlus 2 sales kick off and the former won’t be getting any price cut or else. The two products are quite different, both great in their own right – no plans for OnePlus One price cut. Nor another third flagship will be coming this year. So in 2015, OnePlus 2 is the only flagship.
Report claims that the company behind OnePlus One haven’t decided on a timeline for the 16GB OnePlus 2 as yet. Said, I don’t think that 16GB will do better in India than elsewhere, which we have learned this with OnePlus One iteration.
Confirms that the OnePlus’s goal has always been to put great products in the hands of as many people as possible and soon, we’ll be opening an offline.
“A flagship killer is a superior holistic product experience, made possible by a strong product vision. It encompasses things like design, material use, build quality, level of precision in the tooling, to how it feels in your hand and the software experience,” other than that OnePlus 2 won’t kill other flagships bt cramping all the specs into a device.
OnePlus team have features they feel very strong about, such as the Alert Slider, aren’t event visible on spec sheets. Focusing on benefits that are not immediately evident may cost us some growth, but he said, sure consumers are smart enough to tell which product is better to choose.
Announcing the availability in a blog post, OnePlus said India is “one of the first markets to launch the OnePlus 2.” Starting 4pm IST on Tuesday, users with India-specific invites will be able to purchase OnePlus 2 smartphones on Amazon India after claiming them on the OnePlus site. First batch of invites will start rolling out from Tuesday itself. To note, only the 64GB variant of the OnePlus 2, priced at Rs. 24,999, will be made available at this stage, with the 16GB variant priced at Rs. 22,999 only due later this year.
OnePlus 2 Key Features
- 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS In-Cell display, 1500:1 contrast ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor with Adreno 430 GPU
- 3GB LPPDR4 RAM with 16GB internal storage / 4GB DDR4 RAM with 64GB internal memory
- Android 5.1 Lollipop based Oxygen OS 2.0 Skin
- Dual (nano) SIM
- 13MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, Laser Auto focus, OIS, 1.3um pixels, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video recording, slow-motion at 120fps
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Fingerprint scanner
- Dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm; Weight: 175 g
- 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS, USB Type-C
- 3300mAh battery
The US and Canada users will still be able to claim their invites and make their purchase from Tuesday onwards, actual shipments of smartphones have been delayed, and will only commence 2-3 weeks after shipments to Europe.