As promised, OnePlus had some news to share on Monday, though it’s a mix of good and not-so-good from the Chinese phone-maker. It all depends on how you feel about the company’s invite system, which helped keep prices down while constricting supply for the OnePlus One.
First, the good news. OnePlus is ditching invitations for its flagship One. Moving forward, you’ll be able to buy the year-old smartphone anytime you want. The company says this is a permanent switch, so there’s no need to rush out and order one immediately.
Now for the bad news. That unpopular invite system will return soon with the launch of the OnePlus 2. The company didn’t offer any other details on when to expect its follow-up flagship phone, but confirmed that you’ll need an invitation to buy one. That should mean similar low prices for the new device along with the same tricky ordering process we experienced with the original handset.
Based on recent rumors, we’re expecting the OnePlus 2 to offer a faster processor, a sharper 5.5-inch display, a bigger battery and maybe even a biometric scanner. We may also get another cheaper model later this year, though OnePlus hasn’t confirmed plans for a third device yet.
As an extra bonus, OnePlus is offering a 75 percent discount on its Flip Covers and Premium Screen Protectors for one day only. You can also order the swappable Bamboo rear covers without an invitation while supplies last.
Hopefully we’ll learn more about the OnePlus 2 soon, since it sounds like the company is almost ready to unveil the device. Until then it may be worth holding off an ordering the original One, unless you just can’t wait for a new smartphone.