After selling its Android handset for six months through a unique invitation system, OnePlus is switching gears. Starting on Tuesday, OnePlus will take phone orders from anyone for 24 hours and repeat the process weekly. Yes, those other six days will still require an invite to buy a OnePlus One phone.
The open purchase period begins at 8 a.m. GMT and will offer a choice of the 16GB Silk White model or the 64GB Sandstone Black edition. In the announcement, OnePlus said it had been collecting sales data over the last six months and adjusted its production schedule, which may be the reason behind the change. Anyone who purchases the phone on a Tuesday will still get invites to provide to others so that they can buy a OnePlus One on the other days of the week.
Aside from the strange and sometimes frustrating invite system for purchases, OnePlus has made a name for itself with the handset. With prices of $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB unit, you’d think these are mid-range handsets at best.
But the company has found a way to offer a compelling LTE phone with some surprising specifications at these prices: 3GB of memory, a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, [company]Qualcomm[/company]’s 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 and a 13-megapixel [company]Sony[/company] Exmor camera sensor, for example. All of that hardware runs CyanogenMod 11S, which is based on [company]Google[/company] Android 4.4; the company is working on an Android 5.0 update as well.
All in all, OnePlus is offering quite a bit of phone for the money. And now it’s offering that package to anyone, provided you make your purchase on a Tuesday.