OnePlus X invite system explained (plus how you can get one without invite)


For the first time in its nearly two years of existence, OnePlus revealed a phone that isn’t a flagship killer, or even a flagship device per se.

Instead, the OnePlus X as it is known, is a mid-ranger with an older-gen processor, but one that’s a proven horse. The first OnePlus phone, the One, came with a Snapdragon 801, as does the OnePlus X. In fact, the OnePlus X and the first-gen OnePlus One share a lot in common.

The OnePlus X has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of on-board storage, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, an 8 mega-pixel front facing camera, and lastly, a 2525mAh non-removable battery. It all looks like a decent deal at the $249 starting price of the phone, but as always, there’s a catch with this OnePlus phone as well: you’ll need an invite to be able to purchase it.

 

What’s worse is that the phone will come in two style variants, in glass and ceramic; each will have a different invite. That is to say that you can’t just pay $249 and purchase the OnePlus X in a color/style of your choice; you’ll need to have specific invite for the version you want to purchase (and of course, the limited edition ceramic version is costlier).

But there’s a silver lining to this otherwise dull story. The invite system will last only for the first month, i.e., if you don’t plan on being an early adopter, you won’t be needing a OnePlus X invite to purchase the phone. Instead, there’ll be weekly open sales.

So, to be able to purchase the phone without a OnePlus X invite, all you have to do is hold out… for the first month.

So, who’s holding out to buy an invite-free OnePlus X?

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32 Comments

  1. pa5t1s
    October 29, 2015

    Third possibility: popup events and specials sales. The first one will be held at Colette,Paris 😉 Expect to see me there (well, ok, it’s a long way for you to come here 😛 )

    • MaxPower
      October 29, 2015

      am i wrong or you were there also for the OP2 and, according to you words, was a complete disaster?

      • pa5t1s
        October 29, 2015

        Yes, it was 🙂 I’m only hoping that they’ve learned from the past…and then this one will be OK… Time will tell…

        • MaxPower
          October 29, 2015

          Good luck this time 🙂

        • Vlada
          October 29, 2015

          I hope to hear from you about the phone. I also plan to get it, if it is OK.

  2. balcobomber25
    October 29, 2015

    Fourth option buy a phone you don’t need to play games and jump throughout hoops to buy. This is another good phone OP is killing with a terrible buying system.

    • Maciek Buczkowski
      October 30, 2015

      Another? Which one was “killed” by this system? So far sales are very good and the devices quite popular, right? It’s not good (the invite system) but it’s working for them I believe.

      • RiverHorser
        October 30, 2015

        the sales where good? I beg your pardon. Their sales number for their domestic market are what Xiaomi sells within a week or day. They operating on a loss and need their stakeholders to keep em alive as they have since they started not hit an even balance

        • Maciek Buczkowski
          October 30, 2015

          Domestic market in this case is not OnePlus’ target. That’s the difference. And Xiaomi is struggling in China also at this moment. They are selling globally unlike Xiaomi. They were always operating close to lose, because of very low level margin. If they would have a traditional model with filling up their warehouses with devices, they would be gone by now.

      • balcobomber25
        October 30, 2015

        Sales for them could be 2-3x what they are, the diehard Opo fans will buy their products and put up with the games they play. But the average consumer who just wants a decent phone for a decent price will not. The average consumer isn’t going to wait weeks or even months for the chance to buy a product, they will find an alternative. And in this industry there are plenty of alternatives. The invite system worked to create buzz and hype for the OnePlus One, that is when it should have died. Since then it has been nothing but negative publicity for OP.

        • Fred
          October 31, 2015

          The average consumer, basically, just goes to the shop. If not he will not wait more that 1 week for the order.

          • balcobomber25
            October 31, 2015

            Exactly

  3. Joel Adames
    October 29, 2015

    Ohh how nice of them, thanks, but no thanks. I will wait for the Le 1s. Or for the Pure XL to get a little cheaper or for the Xtouch to be reviewed by you guys or someone respectable outside the manufacturers (that’s the only mtk6753 phone that I would buy if any good) or for the Ghost VOWNEY… Even a MX5 would be really nice (although my deal with phones is I don’t like them to look too much as I phones, that’s why meizu’s are not in my shortlist usually)

  4. pa5t1s
    October 29, 2015

    Third possibility: popup events and specials sales. The first one will be held at Colette,Paris 😉 Expect to see me there (well, ok, it’s a long way for you to come here 😛 )

    • MaxPower
      October 29, 2015

      am i wrong or you were there also for the OP2 and, according to you words, was a complete disaster?

    • pa5t1s
      October 29, 2015

      Yes, it was 🙂 I’m only hoping that they’ve learned from the past…and then this one will be OK… Time will tell…

    • MaxPower
      October 29, 2015

      Good luck this time 🙂

    • Vlada
      October 29, 2015

      I hope to hear from you about the phone. I also plan to get it, if it is OK.

  5. balcobomber25
    October 29, 2015

    Fourth option buy a phone you don’t need to play games and jump throughout hoops to buy. This is another good phone OP is killing with a terrible buying system.

    • boober
      October 30, 2015

      Another? Which one was “killed” by this system? So far sales are very good and the devices quite popular, right? It’s not good (the invite system) but it’s working for them I believe.

    • RiverHorser
      October 30, 2015

      the sales where good? I beg your pardon. Their sales number for their domestic market are what Xiaomi sells within a week or day. They operating on a loss and need their stakeholders to keep em alive as they have since they started not hit an even balance

    • boober
      October 30, 2015

      Domestic market in this case is not OnePlus’ target. That’s the difference. And Xiaomi is struggling in China also at this moment. They are selling globally unlike Xiaomi. They were always operating close to lose, because of very low level margin. If they would have a traditional model with filling up their warehouses with devices, they would be gone by now.

    • balcobomber25
      October 30, 2015

      Sales for them could be 2-3x what they are, the diehard Opo fans will buy their products and put up with the games they play. But the average consumer who just wants a decent phone for a decent price will not. The average consumer isn’t going to wait weeks or even months for the chance to buy a product, they will find an alternative. And in this industry there are plenty of alternatives. The invite system worked to create buzz and hype for the OnePlus One, that is when it should have died. Since then it has been nothing but negative publicity for OP.

    • Guest
      October 31, 2015

      The average consumer, basically, just goes to the shop. If not he will not wait more that 1 week for the order.

    • balcobomber25
      October 31, 2015

      Exactly

  6. Joel Adames
    October 29, 2015

    Ohh how nice of them, thanks, but no thanks. I will wait for the Le 1s. Or for the Pure XL to get a little cheaper or for the Xtouch to be reviewed by you guys or someone respectable outside the manufacturers (that’s the only mtk6753 phone that I would buy if any good) or for the Ghost VOWNEY… Even a MX5 would be really nice (although my deal with phones is I don’t like them to look too much as I phones, that’s why meizu’s are not in my shortlist usually)

  7. Chico Migraña
    October 30, 2015

    Good phone, invite system? Fuck off

  8. RiverHorser
    October 30, 2015

    a not sure if i will go for a company with the marketing model equating to every year announcing a “flagship” killer, then fall short of actually any aspect of that so called killer. i guess Huawei and LeTV are doing much better job. meh

  9. Ricardo A.
    October 30, 2015

    Good phone, invite system? Fuck off

  10. RiverHorser
    October 30, 2015

    a not sure if i will go for a company with the marketing model equating to every year announcing a “flagship” killer, then fall short of actually any aspect of that so called killer. i guess Huawei and LeTV are doing much better job. meh

  11. trapchan
    October 31, 2015

    I wish they use x20 instead of this ancient CPU. I’m tempted to buy this, because I like the 5″ amoled screen and the metal glass design for $250, but I don’t want to buy a new phone which have a same CPU with my current phone (Z2). Also no fingerprint, NFC, type C USB. This is what Oneplus One should have been in 2014, it would really be a flagship killer.

  12. trapchan
    October 31, 2015

    I wish they use x20 instead of this ancient CPU. I’m tempted to buy this, because I like the 5″ amoled screen and the metal glass design for $250, but I don’t want to buy a new phone which have a same CPU with my current phone (Z2). Also no fingerprint, NFC, type C USB. This is what Oneplus One should have been in 2014, it would really be a flagship killer.