Those StyleSwap we thought were coming have been canceled. Caput, finito. The company on Wednesday said production has been ceased due to unforeseen production issues. That means if you were hoping for a Bamboo cover for your OnePlus One, that dream is now dead and gone. That’s too bad, too, because OnePlus had some great options to choose from.
In the OnePlus One forums, Administrator Carl says the company was unable to produce StyleSwap covers “at an acceptable level of quality.”
“We know that we could have designed the removal process of the back covers better; it’s tricky and makes frequent switches difficult,” Carl said. “The swap can also leave the back cover slightly creaky or loose, and it risks damage to the battery, which is exposed for a short time… We simply aren’t comfortable mass releasing a product that does not offer the best user experience.”
A limited number of Bamboo covers have been produced that OnePlus says it will sell, and the company also says it’s considering limited edition Ones with Kevlar or Denim out of the box; the company says it will have more information in the future. The One design is a big part of the device’s allure, but because the covers and whole removal process may compromise that quality, the company decided against the project.
While that’s a disappointment for anyone who was waiting for StyleSwap covers to launch, OnePlus says it has learned some valuable lessons about design, and promises not to make the same mistake with the OnePlus 2. When that launches is anyone’s guess.