"We’re releasing the OnePlus 3 invite-free, right from launch day. In addition, invites are gone forever from future OnePlus product launches," said OnePlus in a blog post. "It’s a big step for us as a company, our fans, and fellow tech enthusiasts. After sending out millions of invites over the past two years, it’s hard to not think back to the early days and how far we’ve come. We’re proud to have reached a point where we feel confident in making our new device available without invites from day one," the company added.
OnePlus Three: Leaked images & specifications
Just like the OnePlus One and OnePlus Two, OnePlus 3 is expected to bring in impressive features and specifications at reasonable price points. A 64GB OnePlus 2 now costs just £249, a third of what the iPhone 6s Plus costs, and offers a Full HD 5.5” IPS LCD display, a 3,300 mAh battery, dual SIM slots with 4G connectivity, a 64-bit superfast Snapdragon 810 chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB of installed storage. OnePlus 2 also includes USB Type-C ports for quick data transfer and charging, a fingerprint scanner, 13MP and 5MP cameras with dual LED flash and an alert slider for notifications and for turning the phone silent.
#Oneplus3 some clear photos of real machine... : ) pic.twitter.com/4mhzskY0Zd— The Malignant (@the_malignant) May 29, 2016
#Oneplus3 some clear photos of real machine... : ) pic.twitter.com/4mhzskY0Zd
Predictably, a large number of leaks and rumours have surfaced ahead of the official launch of OnePlus 3. Not too long ago, a serial leakster on Twitter calling himself 'The Malignant' has leaked a couple of images of the upcoming OnePlus Three. The images reveal a USB Type-C port at the bottom, a home button on the front and speaker outlets and a 3.5mm headphone jack at both ends of the Type-C port. According to Android Central, OnePlus Three is expected to feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 16MP and 8MP cameras and will run on OxygenOS 3.0 which is based on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
"It feels extra terrible to let you down" says OnePlus as deliveries of the Two flounder
If the rumours and predictions are true, then we should expect OnePlus to retain the display size and resolution but improve the processor and camera resolutions. Given that the company has decided to do away with the invite system, it is now clear that OnePlus has found a way to mass produce its phones to meet existing demand and to prepare for more in the future. Apart from its flagship One, Two and Three phones, OnePlus has also produced cheaper mid-range phones like the OnePlus X which costs £199, is an iPhone SE lookalike and sports specifications like a 5-inch display, a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 2,525mAH battery.
#OnePlus3 in the wild... pic.twitter.com/EFPxCQ3BID— The Malignant (@the_malignant) May 27, 2016
#OnePlus3 in the wild... pic.twitter.com/EFPxCQ3BID
Late last year, a development made it clear that OnePlus' invite-system clearly wasn't working as well as it expected. Even though the company controlled demand through an invite system, those who could order the OnePlus Two faced considerable delay in deliveries which led Carl Pei, the company's co-founder, to issue a public apology.
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“To our fans, sorry. We were equally excited when we saw your excitement around the OnePlus 2. We know how it feels waiting and waiting for something you really want, while being given ETAs that go unfulfilled. We appreciate the trust and support that you have given to a relatively small and unknown company like OnePlus,” he said.
“We know that you are rooting for us, and want nothing more than to see us succeed. Therefore, it feels extra terrible to let you down this time around, again,” he added.