The OnePlus 3 was only released as recently as June earlier this year, but OnePlus is already offering an upgraded version of its latest flagship device. Indeed, in many ways, the OnePlus 3T is a solid follow up to the OnePlus 3, and almost certainly an improved effort, with a new chip set (Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor), a bigger battery, and enhanced camera specifications.
Users of Android powered mobile devices know exercises of patience all too well, especially when it comes to waiting for the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system to make its way to their smartphones and tablet devices, particularly those not made by Google. Still, some phone makers are quicker than others (like LG), while for the rest, it often takes months.
OnePlus has decided to temporarily suspend sales of its OnePlus 3 smartphone in a number of countries in Europe starting on August 9th of this year. The reason? It appears that the Chinese phone maker is having a hard time keeping up with the high demand for its latest handset offering and will have to halt sales for now to select European regions.
Though not as popular as other Android device offerings from mobile giants such as Samsung and LG, OnePlus’ smartphones are fairly well regarded among Android mobile users. The tricky part however is in the purchasing of these handsets. This is because for the longest time, the Chinese phone maker has chosen to sell its devices mainly through a rather inconvenient invite only system. Indeed, those who were interested in buying a OnePlus smartphone had to join contests, complete tasks on social media, or pressure acquaintances who already managed to snag a OnePlus device.
According to Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, the company is planning to release its fourth smartphone offering, the OnePlus 3, at the end of the first half of this year. Pei has not provided any more details about the OnePlus 3 device, but for sure, the smartphone will be promoted as the latest flagship device from the Chinese phone maker.
OnePlus has never been one to follow convention, and the Chinese phone maker once again shows its penchant for unorthodox methods by partnering with a taxi hailing service based in India in order to sell its OnePlus X smartphone. The taxi hailing service is Ola, which kind of an Uber equivalent operating in the second most populous nation in the world.
The OnePlus 2 smartphone is a little bit harder to get than most handsets out there. The usual setup of OnePlus is that the Chinese phone maker implements an invitation only system in which only those with invites can buy the unlocked smartphone. But for this upcoming Black Friday, the device just got a bit more available. From November 27th to November 30th this year, the OnePlus 2 device will be made available for purchase without needing an invitation.
OnePlus had already introduced two previous smartphones -- the original OnePlus One smartphone back in April of last year, and then followed it up with the OnePlus 2, in August also of this year. With these two devices, the Chinese phone maker had shown that it could produce mobile devices that could take on popular flagship devices from more established names in the mobile industry and in the Android environment (such as the Samsungs and LGs of the world).
Google officially unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, just last week. Android fans are no doubt excited to experience the newest iteration of the world's most popular smartphone OS. But which devices exactly are getting the latest Android system? For now, here is what we know.
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