The popular Chinese smartphone maker, OnePlus has reportedly confirmed to release India-specific invites to prospective 'One' consumers online.
The company director (Global), Carl Pei in his latest blog post, besides wishing Indians' a belated happy Diwali, announced the cheerful news of releasing India-specific OnePlus One invites to the fans, who were eagerly awaiting since the launch of the phone in April.
Though this initiative is a bit late to arrive in India, fans have no complaints, which is evident in the comment section of the blog.
It has to be noted that the company, which hosted three hours long OnePlus One preorder gala online on last Monday (27 October), had advised Indians (other non launch-country nationals) to ask a friend residing in one of select 16-countries for help or to use a third-party mail-forwarding service.
[Note: select 16 OnePlus launch-countries include: the USA, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Hong Kong]
"As with our current launch countries, Indian users will be able to purchase the One with an India specific invite. Invites have been immensely helpful for us thus far in our current launch countries. They allow us to control our inventory, scale our team and support services to grow along with demand and create an overall better experience for those users with the One," said Carl Pei.
"As this is our first experience with the Indian market, we didn't want to be too ambitious. We are more concerned with offering outstanding service and experiences for users than getting the One in as many hands as possible. It will take us some time to learn and the invites are a great way for us to do that," he added.
For the uninitiated, invite-only procedure is carried out via contest/promotional events. Prospective consumers have to sign up at company's official Facebook, Twitter and other social network platform. Once applied, few lucky consumers would get a pass (or an invite) and will be eligible to book the device.
On Monday (27 October), for the first time, the pre-order system was introduced to all general public.
Besides introducing invitation-only registration process, the company is also in talk with some e-commerce sites to offer OnePlus One in India. If all things fall in place, the flagship phone is expected to set foot in Indian market by December end for around ₹25,000.
OnePlus One sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) 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 3,100 mAh battery.
Key Specifications of OnePlus One:
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) 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: 13.0-megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214 camera with 6 physical lenses, f/2.0 aperture, dual-LED flash
Front: 5.0-megapixel (80-degeree) wide-angle camera
|Network||3G & 4G-LTE|
|Add-ons||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]