OnePlus 2: Invite system opens, here’s how you could secure your invite!

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

OnePlus 2 Launch VR app released, reservation list opened.

A few days ago, OnePlus had sent out official invites for the India launch event of its next flagship device the OnePlus 2. As such, you’re now free to stick your name down on the OnePlus website for a chance to bag an invitation to buy the company’s next smartphone, due to launch on July 27. They’ve already sold the cardboard VR headsets to many users, and now the company has just launched its Android app, from where it will stream the event live to all fans across the world. In a post on its forum, OnePlus said, “As Carl has already mentioned, invites are still a necessity, but we’re striving to make the process as painless as possible thanks to more inventory, a reservation list, and a quicker rollout of shareable invites.” According to the post, “early and most fervent supports will be prioritised” in the first month. But don’t worry, OnePlus says it’s making 30- to 50-percent more handsets compared to last year in anticipation of demand, so in theory you shouldn’t have too wait long.

After you purchase your OnePlus 2 with an invite, it may take up to 3 weeks before it is ready to ship. “When a OnePlus 2 is born, it’s assigned an invite to help it find its home,” OnePlus says at the invite site. “Launching a second flagship product to an exponentially larger community brings a whole set of new challenges, and invites will help us manage them.” In April OnePlus finally announced it was making its flagship One smartphone available for anyone to buy without an invite. OnePlus will also be recognising the contribution of all those who helped spread the word around OnePlus One and taking it “from an unknown company to where we are today”.

The post adds, “Specifically, I’m talking about phone smashers, early forum members, early purchasers and the most active OnePlus One invite evangelists. We have seen in the recent past where the Xiaomi Mi4 priced at Rs. 20,000+ in India didn’t fly off the shelves like its Rs.13,000 predecessor, the Mi3. We want to show you our gratitude by offering you some of the first invites to purchase the OnePlus 2.” Finally, for everyone else, “Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about everyone else — all our fans are important to us.

It has come to a point where new smartphone makers have got the attention of the people with predatory pricing with their initial generation of devices. There will be a variety of ways to get invites, you’ll have to work for it in contests and/or other promotions– but you will receive the invites quickly. This reservation list is part of OnePlus’s improved invitation system for its new device, and it’ll let you get an invitation as soon as they become available.

Stay tuned on the forums and social media or subscribe to our newsletter for more information about events.” There are also plans for a first come first serve basis rollout of the invitation system. This chipset has been in the news for a while now and not necessarily always for the right reasons.Yes, I am talking about the chronic heating issue that seem to plague the chipset. The game would get interesting, if OnePlus manage to price it at least $200 (~Rs 12,000) cheaper than the cheapest phone with the Snapdragon 810 in the current market. From all the tests, he concluded that the camera is a 13 megapixel unit with no mention of the said dual camera setup, but did reveal the f/2.0 aperture.

He also said it did not feature OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), though did mention towards the end of the video that the phone was able to focus on the subjects really fast, which was attributed that to the presence of laser autofocus (a feature we have already seen on the likes of LG G3/G4). There has been a major uproar about these finger print scanners right from the days of the Motorola Atrix, though the trend did not pick up until Apple brought it on board with the iPhone 5s. Many flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9+ already employ a very usable fingerprint sensor and now you can be forgiven if you expect every upcoming flagship device to feature one.

Add on to the hardware popularity, Android M has fingerprint sensor support in built making it easier for app developers to make good use of the hardware available. The phone image leaked reveals that it has a metal trim running along the sides of the phone, while some earlier leaks also suggested a full metal build. The only question is, has the budding phone startup generated enough clout in the market to recreate the same roaring response that the OnePlus 2’s predecessor received?

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