OnePlus one launched globally approximately a year back, but unfortunately India was not in its official list. That meant Oneplus One would not ship to India directly, pushing some Indians who were disparately waiting for the flagship killer to get it through their relatives in US or via Freight forwarding services like PPObox or Shop And Ship. But that was a very costly process because it took a lot of time for the package to reach from US to India. Additionally they had to pay 20-30% of what the mobile costed in form of import customs and some additional bucks for the shipping and Insurance charges which freight forwarding services charged. Luckily, the scenario has changed now, that OnePlus has officially launched the ONE, the code named flagship killer in India via Amazon.in.
What is Oneplus One? Why such a strange name?
OnePlus is a smartphone manufacturer located in China with Shenzhen as its HQ. Oneplus One was its first product. Oneplus started getting a huge demand for One, such that it was impossible for them to manufacture in such a large scale. So, it started out an Invites system, in which some people were chosen to get an "Invite" without which buying the One is impossible. Once an invite is used, the one who buys the One gets three invites which he can share. This chain continues, which clearly describes what Oneplus One is about.
Anything special about the One?
Oneplus One runs CyanogenMod out of the box. This means a faster and a slick android user experience. Its latest update 11s (at the time of writing) removed all bugs which OnePlus Previously had. But sadly, CyanogenMod signed an exclusive relationship with Micromax for India which means that Indian OnePlus will not get CyanogenMod updates.
No CyanogenMod updates? Are you kidding?
Although Indian Oneplus one will not be getting CM updates, you can simply sideload global version of CyanogenMod if you truly love CM experience. Oneplus is planning on its own build based on android which Indian OnePlus will be receiving soon, probably within a month. Oneplus promises a bloat free experience, lets see what they have to offer :D
What is the Oneplus One priced like? Should I go for it?
Oneplus One comes in two versions/colors, the silk white 16Gb version costing 18.5K INR while the 64Gb version costing 22K INR. Oneplus One has a hardware very few flagships can boast of: Snapdragon 801 with 3 GB RAM, a 5.5" 1920 x 1080 Full HD 1080p display with 401 ppi, a 3100 mAh battery, a 6-lens 13 MP f/2.0 Sony Exmor IMX214 camera and a 5mp front facing camera. With a specs like this priced at an affordable price, no wonder the demand is extreme. Initially some devices faced screen tinting problems but that is history. OnePlus is expected to have around 20 service centers in India (Citation needed)
What is the procedure to buy OnePlus One in India? Does it still rely on the Invite system?
Although hated, OnePlus still sells its devices with an invites system, which means that unless you have an invite, you wont be able to get the One. But that is the only way to tackle the high demand low supply problem, according to OnePlus.
What does an invite look like? And how can I get one?
Invite is basically a link which you have to claim with a OnePlus account. An account on www.oneplus.net is mandatory for claiming invites, that is the first step you must complete. After making an account, you need to either get an invite for a friend or someone who has one. You can also participate in Amazon and OnePlus invite contests(They are links, you can directly click on either of them to participate and get an Invite)
This is what an invite mail looks like
The next page will have a red buy button, above which a 16 alphabet code will be shown. You will need to copy it before you hit the buy button.
The next page will be Oneplus One amazon page in which you will need to enter the code you got in the last page and hit the add to cart button. You must check out within 2 days of claiming the invite, or else your invite may expire.
Frequently asked questions
1. What if I receive a defective piece?
A. Amazon has 10 day return policy for the One, so you can simply return it for a new piece.
2. Whats the simplest way to get an invite?
A. Participating in amazon invite giveaways or befriending someone who has got the One ;)
3.What about the build quality of the One?
A. Build quality is fabulous, and the sandstone one has a beautiful texture on its back panel. However like almost every other smartphone, screen may crack on falling.
4. Can I use a global invite to buy Indian oneplus one?
A. No, you can't. Only Indian invites can be used to buy from Amazon. Indian invites start with IN whereas global ones start with GL
5. What are the must buy accessories for the one?
A. I am listing here some of the most compelling accessories you must buy for the Oneplus One.
Oneplus official accessories
Oneplus tempered glass protector (Must buy accessory to protect your screen with a premium feel)
Ringke fusion case with free screen protector
Orzly tempered glass protector
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