The thriving Chinese startup can’t afford to open pre-orders or actual sales for all, but the 2 will come out in “far more launch inventory” than the One.
Hands down the most unexpected mobile blockbuster of 2014 has a long overdue sequel on the way, and while its manufacturers look ready to take their aspirations to the next level, they’re still keen to employ a baby-step growth strategy.
As such, a “new and improved” OnePlus 2 invite system is brewing, with physical cards granting prospective buyers access to the restrictive new phone, a “quick and painless reservation list”, faster sharable scheme and, above all, 30 to 50 times greater initial stock.
According to company co-founder and Global Director Carl Pei, more confidence results in more invites, and so it should be “significantly easier” to get your grubby hands on the no-compromise second-gen budget hero “from the very beginning.”
Just don’t complain if you have to wait a few weeks for the OnePlus 2 to ship. It’s still not a mainstream, universally accessible flagship, and its makers continue to fear inventory excess pickles rather than poor sales.
Meanwhile, even if the number of invitations obtainable via forums or social media will likely decrease as a consequence of the much simpler email-reachable waiting list, “early forum supporters” are nonetheless to be prioritized.
On an unrelated note, the outfit’s CEO, Liu Zuoho, aka Pete Lau, recently took to Weibo to announce the OnePlus 2 shall accommodate two SIM cards simultaneously, with dual standby functionality. Fairly ho hum reveal compared to previous expositions of 4 GB RAM, sub-$450 price, fingerprint recognition, USB Type-C connectivity or octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 power.
But a dual SIM slot could well signal the presence of microSD external storage capabilities, which were absent and dearly missed on the OG. Go for it, OnePlus, and show Samsung or Apple how it’s done through and through!