The brand new OnePlus One is impressive. An excellent smartphone starting at $299, less than half of the price that other phone makers demand for their top of the line devices. The Nexus line is the most competitive in this regard, but, in many ways, the OnePlus One is above it.
So, you checked out our OnePlus One hands-on and comparisons (with Galaxy S5, Note 3, and Find 7a) and you made up your mind. If you want the device, here’s what you’ll need to know about the OnePlus One’s availability.
1. Versions and pricing
The OnePlus One will be offered at launch in two versions:
- 16GB Silk White – $299/€269/£229
- 64GB Silkstone Black – $349/€299/£269
There is no microSD expansion slot, so investing an extra $50 in the 64GB version is recommended.
2. Invite system
The OnePlus One will be available through an invite system. This means that only people who received an invitation from one of their friends or from OnePlus will be able to buy the device. After buying the device, you will receive a number of invitations that you can send to friends interested in the OnePlus One.
For now, the only way to secure an early invitation seems to be OnePlus’ Smash The Past contest. In exchange of sacrificing – literally smashing – your old phone, you will get to “buy” a OnePlus One for $1. There are 100 devices at stake, and each winner will be able to invite some friends to buy the phone. You only need to submit your email address to enter the contest.
We will update this post as more information on the invite system surfaces.
3. Release date
The device will begin shipping in “late May”.
4. Initial release markets
At launch, the OnePlus One will be available in the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- United States
OnePlus will be offering localized versions of its OnePlus.net website for these markets, but the localized sites aren’t live yet. More markets will probably follow in the future, but, for now, OnePlus has not offered any details on the matter.
5. Unlocked or on contract?
The OnePlus One will only be available unlocked at launch.
For more details on the OnePlus’ specs, features, and software, check out our roundup.