“Better Buying Process” might mean No Invite System
If you are one of the early adopters and a OnePlus owner, then you must be familiar with the notorious Invite System. In case you are not, then here is a rundown. OnePlus relies on an invite system under which prospective buyers are required to request an invite to get their hands on the device.
The invites form the basis of gauging demand, which helps the startup figure out how much of OnePlus phones it needs. The company cannot afford to create a stock glut, as it would translate into cash tied up. The OnePlus Invite mechanism has been criticized a lot though. Some claim that even with this system, the company takes a lot of time to ship the smartphone.
OnePlus has been working hard to ramp up production and effectively manage the supply chain. With the OnePlus One, the company adopted an invite-free system after nearly a year. The OnePlus 2 speeded things up a bit and was available invite-free after 180 days or six months. The latest device from the company, the OnePlus X, was the quickset to ditch the invite system; invites lasted only 92 days or a little over three months.
This indicates that the company is getting better at gauging demand and maintaining inventory, which leads us to speculate that the company might completely ditch the invite system for its upcoming flagship phone, the OnePlus 3. It’s all based on speculation, but given the trend it is possible.
Also, OnePlus cofounder Carl Pei might just have hinted at the end of the invite system. He has been actively tweeting hints about the upcoming OnePlus 3, and one such tweet asked readers if they look forward to the invites making a comeback.
Of course, people disagreed and most of them even begged the company to not resort to the invite system. If we focus on the wording of the tweet, Carl Pei mentions “the invites making a comeback.” Why would they need to make a comeback when the invite mechanism is a given with the launch of every new device? We think this is a subtle way of hinting that OnePlus is finally ditching the invite mechanism once and for all, making those impressive affordable smartphones more accessible to the masses. After all, Mr. Pei did promise a better buying process for consumers, and we think direct availability is it.
And Rumor has it..
That was a bit of speculation from our end. However, the rumor bit on what the OnePlus 3 might bring to the table doesn’t end there. The phone is expected to house Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 under the hood, and is rumored to come in three different variants: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage option, and 6GB RAM with 64GB storage.
There will be two display variants as well: one with the same old 5.5-inch 1080p display, and another with 5-inch display. Also, the leaked design by Evan Blass from @evleaks shows the OnePlus 3 adorning a lot of metal. Camera department is slated to have a 16MP rear sensor coupled with an 8MP front sensor. USB Type-C and fingerprint sensor will be present and NFC is also expected to make a comeback. Battery is rumored to be a 3,000mAh pack coupled with Dash Charging technology.
As the anticipated release date comes closer, the rumor mill is expected to get even more active. Reports of the price tag indicate that it might be cheaper than the predecessor, the OnePlus 2. If that is the case and there is no invite system this time around, then I am up for a OnePlus 3.