OnePlus to be better prepared to sell the Two, plans to have 50 times more inventory this time around

OnePlus to be better prepared to sell the Two, plans to have 50 times more inventory this time around
Ah, the infamous "flagship killer" of 2014 – the OnePlus One stirred up feelings and pumped the hype, drawing interest and drool from smartphone aficionados worldwide. The device promised flagship specs and hot looks at half the price of a competing high-shelf phone, and for the most part – that's exactly what it delivered. Unfortunately, OnePlus decided to not sell the handset outright, but implemented an invite system instead. Many managed to buy the phone, but many more just got annoyed, frustrated, and ultimately – infuriated at the company.

Well, OnePlus still stands firm behind its decision to sell its phones via invites – it will do the same with the upcoming Two. “More hardware companies have died from having too much inventory than from having too few sales” OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said. The invite system is being justified as a tool to prevent overstocking, instead of being a hype tool.

However, admirers who are afraid that buying a OnePlus Two will be another discouraging ordeal can now breathe a sigh of relief. The company states that it has learned from past mistakes and will now be ready with as much as 50 times more units available at launch. While users were previously supposed to hunt for invites at social media sites before, now, it'll be a simple registration system – fill in your e-mail and wait for your invite. Most cards will just be digital, but there will be a few printed ones for special occasions. And, just like before, OnePlus Two buyers will get invites to share with friends, but this time around, it will happen much faster.

A more streamlined and well-organized process could definitely be a necessity, as the OnePlus Two seems like it will be a hot device, as the company is again up to its strangely effective shenanigans, and actively raising interest in it. The first camera samples are already fact and show quite the potent snapper. The phone will have a Snapdragon 810 (v2.1) SoC, 4 GB of RAM, a metal build, and a “larger battery” than the one on the OnePlus One. Its price is expected to, again, be a shocker, somewhere south of $450.

So, were you one of the would-be OnePlus customers who got disheartened by the invite system? Does this report make you feel more at ease with the new process, or are you off the OnePlus hype train for good?

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source: OnePlus via VentureBeat

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17 Comments

1. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Invites suck!!!

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So we can expect they will sell 50 million units this year...

8. waddup121 unregistered

50x more inventory...50x more invites

2. TBomb

Posts: 1579; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

50x more inventory? Seems like a lot since everyone who knows about it is probably a little upset about the 810 and higher price, and a little discouraged to buy it.

3. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Invite system = Fail SD 810 = Fail $450 for this brand = Fail

4. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Have recently switched from the OnePlus One to the Note 4 and I don't think I'll be going back to OnePlus. While the camera was good and loved the RAW support the Note 4 simply takes better photos (as long as I don't use the native gallery app which over sharpens and over saturates the images). The camera on the OnePlus Two does look as though it takes better photos than the One but but only marginally. I was rather disappointed looking at the shots to be honest. Then again the software isn't final. Even if I was still using the One I don't think the Two would be a worthy upgrade for potentially for 450 euro after 350 euro on the One the previous year. S810 and USB type C great but the One runs perfectly snappy with its 32bit S801 and the universal availability if micro USB chargers and cables make it more versatile at the moment. More RAM and faster RAM at that in the Two is also nice but I'm not sure justifies upgrading from the One for. I'd like to think that the buyers of the One were thrifty and savvy enough in the first place in buying the One that they would see all these potential "future proofing" improvements in the Two as not worthy of upgrading for either. If it had a far better camera I think that would be a very visible and appreciable differentiation from the One. Also a metal body is another thing I don't see savvy bargain hunters caring enough to upgrade for. Possibly the die-hard fans will upgrade but I think most will generally be happy to stick with their One. What might be left then are those customers that didn't get the One but I'm not sure if those people will be enticed back by the hype or if their bitterness runs to deep at this stage. All in all I don't know if it is a mistake for OnePlus to anticipate the same rush of buyers this time around. Having got the Note 4 a few weeks ago new and unlocked for 510 euro and pitting that against the potentially 450 euro OnePlus Two I think I'd pay the extra 60 for the Note. I feel the camera is better, I get the spen functionality which I was crying out for with the OnePlus since a draw a bit, the AMOLED screens employed by Samsung (basic mode) I feel are now superior to LCD. Granted the software has more hiccups than the OnePlus One and hopefully the OnePlus Two will be just as smooth but I would rather that odd choppiness than to have to be exposed to the abysmal customer support I have been through with OnePlus. It's always a game of trade off with smartphones but with the game OnePlus is now playing with a higher price point competing with better known brands and delivering improvements that can be argued as marginal, improvements that are future proofing in a land of technology that is only ever future proof for two to three years at best, I would be sceptical about how successful the Two will be. But then that's only my opinion. And the phone isn't even out yet :-P And look how well the One did :-D But the Two could be a victim of it's own success. Maybe a poll?

5. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Your comment is longer than the article. tl:dr

6. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Definitely tl;dr

9. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Well but galaxy note 4 is also much more expensive :(

10. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Short version ;-P People with the One likely not going to upgrade People who didn't get One might be too mad at the invite system to really care My Note 4 cost 500...if the OnePlus Two costs 450 plus 20 delivery it's only 40 euro difference

11. jgalaxy815

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

the oneplus 2 will basically have a year on the note 4, is the note 4 THAT good? lol I'm sitting here withi my s4 torn by which decision to make...the camera on the oneplus two looks ok for now but it can improve...sd card slot might be the decision maker again...

15. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Ha not THAT good but I do use certain functionalities like the sd card, removable battery and the spen. I might be in the minority there though. After that I think the biggest thing is camera comparison for me and I'd be confident the Note 4 camera will stand against the OnePlus Two but we will wait and see

12. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Ok, so if their initial batch of the OnePlus One, was 5,000 that means they will have between 150,000 to 250,000 to sell to start with. Since OPPO actually builds the device, and, Oppo will be wanting to sell the Find9 (which the OnePlus is copied from), they better be almost done producing them. I remember when OnePlus started this, they said they would be producing (well, Oppo would) between 30,000 to 50,000 per month. I don't think to date they ever came close to that amount of devices.

13. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont find this device atractive....

14. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Not sure that their strategy makes sense, I mean smartphones will snapdragon 810 chips have existed since a while now and I doubt that those who own them will hurry to change their phones after such a short time. Besides, other good phones are coming soon too, HTC has a challenge ahead!!

16. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I like the picture of the phone at the top, with the edge to edge screen. I'd love to buy something like that.

17. longtian

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I am looking forward to Black Edition.

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