OnePlus announces Make in India initiative, first phone tipped to roll-out by December-end
OnePlus founder and CEO Pete Lau (R) and Vikas Agarwal (General Manager- India) announce the 'Make in India' initiative.OnePlus India via Twitter

The cat is finally out of the bag. Popular Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus announced at the 'Next Big Step' event that the company will soon start phone production in India to satiate the burgeoning local demand. 

The company has already set up an R&D facility in Bengaluru, India. OnePlus has joined hands with Foxconn to locally manufacture devices at the latter's Rising Stars factory, Sri City IBC (Integrated Business City), Andhra Pradesh.

If things go as planned, OnePlus' first made-in-India device will roll out of Foxconn's unit by December-end. Currently, the factory has a cumulative capacity of churning out 500,000 units per month and based on the demand, it can be scaled up, said the company in a press statement.

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"Today is a big day for us. Producing smartphones in India is one of the important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen. India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path. This move will strengthen our presence and help us step up momentum in India," said Pete Lau, founder (& CEO), OnePlus.

In a related development, OnePlus on Monday (12 October) announced that the company in association with e-commerce partner Amazon will host a second round of OnePlus 2 open sale on 13 October morning 8:00 am IST.

Earlier on Monday, OnePlus 2 was put up on open sale via Amazon India between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

With the announcement, many who failed to get their hands on the OnePlus 2, can try their luck again on Tuesday morning.

Key Specifications of One Plus 2:

Model OnePlus 2
Display 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) LCD screen with In-cell display technology, Gorilla
  • Pixel density: 401 plus ppi (pixels per inch)
OS OxygenOS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor 64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 series Octa-Core (Quad-core ARM Cortex A57 and quad-core A53)
GPU Adreno 430
RAM LPDDR 4 series 4GB/3GB
Storage capacity 16GB/64GB
  • Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with laser based auto-focus, f/2.0 aperture, 1.3 micron pixels, OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), Dual-LED flash
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel wide-angle camera with full HD photo taking ability
Battery 3,300 mAh
Network FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots (Type: nano + nano), Finger-print sensor, Metal frame, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi (802.11a/n/ac; dual band: 2.5GHz/5GHz), USB Type C port. LED notification light (multicolored), Alert Slider, GPS/GLONASS
Dimensions 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85
Weight 175 g
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  • 16GB: USD ($329)/EUR (€339)/IND (₹22,999)
  • 64GB: USD ($389)/EUR (€399)/IND (₹24,999)