Disappointed that an unlocked Google Nexus 6 smartphone sells for $649, or about twice as much as a Nexus 5? Google may not be selling a new phone with top-tier specs at a mid-range price this year, but Chinese startup OnePlus is.
The company’s OnePlus One phone has been well reviewed (in spite of some awful marketing stunts), but it’s been difficult to purchase up until now. That’s because you’ve needed to get an invitation from a friend or a contest just to get the right to order the phone.
That changes on Monday, October 27th. That’s when the OnePlus One officially goes up for pre-order… kind of.
OnePlus will only take pre-orders for one hour, from 11:00AM Eastern until noon on October 27th. There’s no limit on how many devices can be ordered at that time. If the company has a phone in stock, it will be shipped right away. If not, your order will become a pre-order and you’ll get an estimated ship date. If you don’t want to wait weeks or months for your phone to arrive, you can always cancel your order.
This keeps the company from sitting on a pile of unsold phones and helps OnePlus keep the price low: since the OnePlus One is sold for close to the price it costs to produce the phone, the company would lose money if it had to hold onto unsold inventory.
Don’t want to worry about typing furiously in a browser window next week to get your order placed? You can start “preparing” your pre-order now so that all you need to do next Monday is hit the buy button.
The OnePlus One features a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3100mAh battery, and a 13MP rear camera. A 16GB model costs $299, while a 64GB version sells for $349.
OnePlus also loads the phone with a custom version of Android developed by Cyanogen Inc. It’s based on the latest open source version of Android and includes access to the Google Play Store and other Google apps, but it offers more customization settings.
The OnePlus One may not have all the features you’d get with Google’s latest flagship phone. But it’s less than half the price, and at least in terms of hardware, it’s a step up from the Nexus 5.