The popular Chinese smartphone start-up firm. OnePlus. is all geared to open pre-order window for the flagship smartphone 'One' on Monday, 27 October.
The company officially opened the dedicated OnePlus One pre-order page early this week for general public, which will kick-off at 3pm GMT (11am EDT, 8:30pm IST) on Monday, 27 October. But, the only complaint among tech savvy OnePlus enthusiasts is the limited one-hour window.
Sans the limited pre-order window, company's new initiative is a welcome move for fans, who, since the April unveiling, had to go through cumbersome route of winning contest/promotional events via signing up on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
After some agonising wait, a few lucky consumers would get a pass (or an invite) and be eligible to book the device. Now, for the first time, the pre-order system has been made available to all general public on 27 October.
How and Where to pre-order OnePlus One?
In order to book the smartphone, users have to an open an OnePlus account (HERE) and live in one of the 16 launch countries - USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The company has said that consumers will be able to order only two - OnePlus One smartphones and can purchase JBL E1+ Earphones for discounted price of $24.99 (limited offer) and will revert back to full price once pre-orders have ended. Purchase transaction will be carried out via PayPal.
[Note: Prospective consumers living in OnePlus' first launch countries, can directly order phone from dedicated region specific web-page on 27 October afternoon, HERE]
And for OnePlus fans residing in other regions like India, Australia or any other non-launch regions, the company has advised consumers to ask a friend in one of those countries to help or use a third-party mail-forwarding service. [Note: Additional costs may apply].
OnePlus has promised to expand the operations to many more countries soon. Among these, India is expected to get a regional office by the end of the year and the device is slated go on sale around December under ₹25,000. [Full report, HERE]
For the uninitiated, OnePlus One sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1,920x1,080p) display and ships with CyanogenMod v11S based Android KitKat v4.4 OS powered by 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU, Adreno 330 graphics engine, 3GB RAM, 16GB/64GB inbuilt memory and a high-capacity 3,100mAh battery.
Key specifications of OnePlus One:
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1,920x1,080p) IPS LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shieldPixel density: 401 ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||CyanogenMod v11S based Android KitKat v4.4|
|Processor||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU|
|RAM||578MHz 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM|
|Camera||Main: 13MP Sony Exmor IMX214 camera with 6 physical lenses, f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flashFront: 5MP (80-degeree) wide-angle camera|
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE|
|Add-ons||micro-SIM slot, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC 65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support), internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, LED notification indicator, downward facing dual stereo speakers (JBL)|
|Dimensions||152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm|
|Price||16GB: $299/€269 (around ₹18,260)64GB:$349/€299 (around ₹21,320)|
[Image Credit: OnePlus]