OnePlus promised availability in Q2 this year, and judging by how things are shaping up, it looks like the company might need all of the three months that fall in the second quarter — April, May and June — before the device is available freely.
Followers of the company hoped for availability to begin soon after the launch, which took place exactly a week back. However, as the wiser minds would’ve predicted, it will take OnePlus a while before their first phone is available to anyone who wants it. According to an official post on the OnePlus forums, it will be late June when the device will hit the ‘increased general availability’ phase; ‘people who want it should be able to get an invite without much trouble in June’. Here’ are the excerpts from what was posted:
We realized that far more people wanted the One than what 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.
We now know that people want the 64GB Sandstone Black far more than the 16GB Silk White, but we also know that more than everything, people just want to get their hands on the device as soon as possible.
Our production schedule is as follows:
- Ready now – 100 for phone smashers
- Mid to late May – Larger batch 16GB Silk White for the first batch of invites
- Early June – Larger batch 64GB Sandstone Black
- Later in June – Increased general availability, people who want it should be able to get an invite without much trouble in June
With the Phone Smash competition underway, it shouldn’t be long before we start getting actual user reviews of the device. However, mid to late May is when most of the hype is going to die down, with invitees expected to receive their One units during the period.
With only $50 separating the 64GB model from the 16GB one, the demand for the higher-capacity version is quite understandable and lot less a surprise, don’t you think?