OnePlus One to be widely available in June
The OnePlus One has taken the mobile world by storm since it was announced at the end of April. The smartphone offers specs that rival the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 at half the price ($249 for the 16GB model).
The one thing currently holding the smartphone back is its availability, which is currently extremely limited due to the company being overwhelmed by demand for their first smartphone.
The first batch of the OnePlus One will be sold to 100 lucky people in the US for just $1, but in order to qualify a user needs to be willing to smashup their current smartphone. Entries are now closed and those selected will be contacted by email shortly.
What about wider availability?
Currently, the only way to get your hands on the smartphone is with an invite, which are being given out by those who already own the smartphone and industry insiders.
A large batch of 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus One's will ship to invitees at the end of May, or early in June. And by the end of June the company expect that 'people wanting an invite to be able to get one without much trouble'.
It's fair to say that OnePlus have been caught out by the demand for their smartphone, but they are working hard to make it available as quickly as possible.
“After our product announcement, we realised that far more people wanted the One than we originally anticipated. Over the past few days, we have been frantically adjusting our production schedule to make sure that as many people possible can buy the One, as soon as possible” commented Carl from OnePlus.
One decision the company has made is put the 16GB model on the back burner, in order to focus on the more popular 64GB model (which costs just $50 more at $350). Infact, the future of the 16GB model remains unclear and it's possible it might never reappear.
As soon as we get more news on the availability of the OnePlus One we'll let you know.