OnePlus co-founder sarcastically hints invites will be gone for OnePlus 3

With the end of May within sight, and June right around the corner, it's nearly time for OnePlus to introduce its third-gen flagship, the OnePlus 3. Back in February, company co-founder Carl Pei (above) confirmed plans to introduce the new model before Q2 2016 was out, and as that deadline closes in we've been checking out plenty of leaked images of actual hardware, nice crisp press renders, and a ton of possible specs. But one detail that's been much harder to pin down is how OnePlus plans to sell the phone. Now some new comments from Pei this week have us wondering if his company's infamous invite system could finally be gone for good.

Back when Pei first shared news of that late-Q2 ETA, he also mentioned that shoppers would be treated to a “better buying process” with the OnePlus 3, as compared to the company's previous phones. With its reliance on invites easily the most disagreeable part of how OnePlus sold phones, we were hopeful that maybe the OnePlus 3 would go up for sale without shoppers needing to jump through such hoops.

Now on Twitter, Pei mockingly teases, “Who's looking forward to invites making a comeback?

As Pei can't be so tone-deaf as to think any of us are actually welcoming a return to invite-based shopping, our internet sarcasm meters (patent pending) are practically melting down with off-the-chart readings.

Pei also turns to Twitter with what could easily be a comment about the OnePlus 3's build quality, noting, “This feels much better in the hand than the OnePlus One!” The smooth metallic design we've seen in numerous leaks sure looks like it would make for a premium-feeling handset, so we wouldn't be surprised if we're getting what amounts to an early hands-on report.

Here's hoping Pei continues with the OnePlus 3 teasers over the next few weeks, helping to further flesh out our expectations for the smartphone.

source: Carl Pei (Twitter) via Android Authority

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13. someshadowguy

Posts: 2; Member since: May 21, 2016

OnePlus will never have the balls to go invite-free. They know that if they give it to their rabid fanyboys and girls first who will try so hard to get it by giving OnePlus free marketing, they'll get away with quality control for a good 4-6 months until OnePlus FINALLY gets around fixing it. They should offer pre-orders now (or 2 months maximum after invites are sent the level headed people and test to see if there's any issue) or just pack up and go home.

12. romdude

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

Troll more Oppo, for a long time Oppo didn't want to acknowledge that this was one of their subsidiaries. Pretending as if it was an upstart on its own fighting the goliaths. Sneaky even till now, you can only see the connection if you look at the their recent IPO for Oneplus. That's probably why they had to create the invite system, to create a buzz, a brand and also not lose too much selling so many at a really low cost.

11. unmaskedfalesh unregistered

Oneplus should better work on their crappy Oxygen rather than these stupid gimmicks and hype won't work this time. So dear Carl better make a solid device or get facepalm

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Really don't mind the invite system if that's what helps in managing supply/demand. Besides, I'd much rather wait for all the reviews to show up and by then, there'll probably be an invite-free date, just like what happened in 2014 and I ordered my OnePlus One on that date. No rush. If the end product sucks a$$ like the OnePlus Two was compared to my OnePlus One, couldn't care less if there's an invite system or not, won't buy it. I just want the following in my next SmartPhone and I'd gladly pay $500-$600 for it: - Cyanogen OS like my OnePlus One (Oxygen OS is pitiful crap IMO) - Digitizer pen like Galaxy Note line - NFC (perhaps with a readily available payment service) - 64GB internal storage like the OnePlus One with MicroSDXC expansion - IR Blaster like S6 (Samsung stupidly ditched this handy feature in the S7) - Quick Charge 2.0 - Micro USB port (USB type C currently brings more issues than benefits to Android devices) - Sturdy Magnesium-alloy back cover like my OnePlus One (the OnePlus Two's flimsy plastic back cover is cheapass downgrade) - OIS in camera - QHD display panel but 1080p resolution by default with option in settings to switch to QHD when we're using VR headsets - Dual Pixel auto focus camera like S7 (a big dream, but my OnePlus One camera is good enough for me) If they fulfill all of the above, at least the first 6, then my next Android device would happily be another OnePlus device. Otherwise, I'll probably be picking up my first ever Samsung SmartPhone; a Note 6.

9. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

1-android vanilla with a better camera app that gives more manual controls of left the building. oxygen sucks ass. 2-no 3-not relevant to me 4-32gb is fine also. with memory card expansion being cheap. 5-no ir 6-quick charge is a must. 3200mah battery would be helpful 7-usb 3 for fast transfer would be better. 8-meh 9-would be beneficial 10-qhd. cut the crap.bright screen with accurate kelvin or at least adjustable. 11-no most of what you ask is nonsense.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What you consider better/nonsense isn't what I consider better/nonsense. You sound like a nexus wannabe, Nexus/Pure Android is a crap and limited experience IMO, never would have switched to Android if the OnePlus One was a meh nexus with another branding and cheap price tag.

7. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Ship it with cyanogen or get your oxygen os update schedule in line and I'll upgrade from my oneplus one

6. Shocky unregistered

He really likes Apple it seems, now I hate him. :p

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Just make a no nonsense flagship with no bells and whistles to increase cost and focus on battery life, display and camera. Then I'm sold.

1. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

Useless invites. As if this phone has unique features and specs. Like Ram and Cpu. Surely if this comes with 6gb Ram. My S7Edge or Z5 will be sold and if not I'll wait for the Note6.

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