Arithmetic 101: Of the pair, which can count to Two? HTC or OnePlus? The verdict is still out on the former, but thanks to a leak reported by The Times of India, it seems China’s flagship killer company is going to be adding up the details.
Yes, it’s already time for OnePlus Two talk, somewhat ironic given that the first One hasn’t even hit India yet.
Let’s take a look at the presumed points:
1. Apparently, OnePlus plans to have some StyleSwap back covers ready by the time the Two hits, and thus it will likely have more customizable options. It’s unknown if these will be limited exclusively to the rear, or if there will be other elements. (Various StyleSwap covers were promised for the original One, but ultimately the company only sold a few hundred bamboo covers, citing low production yields and problematic usability.)
2. The Two will have low profit margins and thus probably cost under $500.
3. There will be some hardware “surprises,” though nothing specific was mentioned by the Times’ source.
Very few OnePlus One users got to buy the StyleSwap covers
By all counts, this is shaping up to be another “flagship killer.” Customization is one area where most manufacturers are yet to dabble in. For many consumers, customization is a way of personally identifying with their purchase; just ask anyone who has purchased via MotoMaker. But it remains to be seen whether OnePlus will be able to deliver on its promise this time.
Likewise, by keeping margins to a minimum, OnePlus is ensuring its smartphone will be immediately more accessible than say, the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, or whatever it might be called. Paradoxically, however, if the company opts for the same invitation-based purchasing system, the actual availability will be almost non-existent.
What kinds of mystery hardware features might OnePlus be thinking of? Given the already impressive nature of the first flagship, what more could be added? Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.