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OnePlus One now available from India’s Flipkart
As expected, it’s the 64GB Sandstone Black model that has arrived at the popular e-commerce store. To celebrate the launch, Flipkart has cut the price down to Rs.19,998 ($315) from its regular retail price of Rs.21,999 ($345). This promotion is running until June 24th, so there’s just a couple of days until the handset will return to the regular price.
The 16GB Silk White variant of the smartphone is expected to appear at the retailer in the coming weeks, with a lower price of Rs.18,999 ($300). However, there is already a lot of competition in this price bracket. Flipkart is also currently running an offer on the Xiaomi Mi 4, which has seen the price fall to just Rs.13,999 ($220).
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Original June 19th: Flipkart has been teasing that a new handset is on its way to the popular Indian e-commerce retailer and it’s pretty hard to mistake the silhouette for anything other than the OnePlus One. We don’t have a sale date yet, but it could be right around the corner.
Currently, the OnePlus One is only officially available in India through an exclusive deal with Amazon. The 16GB handset arrived in the country back in February, following the launch of the 64GB model back in December 2014. A separate report citing industry sources suggests that the 64GB Sandstone Black model will be available through Flipkart first, which could go on sale as early as June 22nd.
— Flipkart (@Flipkart) June 18, 2015
Given the teaser, see above, we can probably expect the handset to arrive at Flipkart in the coming days. Expanding to include Flipkart in OnePlus’ distribution network has probably come about due to increased pressure from competing low-cost smartphone manufacturers in India, which are continuing to drive prices down in the country. Many of these competing handsets are already on sale through Flipkart, so it seems sensible that OnePlus wants to maximize its exposure across a number of retailers.
The news comes just one day after OnePlus confirmed that its upcoming OnePlus Two handset would be more expensive than the previous model. This means that we’re looking at more than $322 for the second generation handset, but the smartphone will be packing a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is apparently fine-tuned to avoid any overheating problems.
We’ll keep our eyes open for more details from Flipkart in the coming days.