Towards the end of June, barely two weeks from the date the handset was made available to pre-order, OnePlus issued a note of apology to consumers in the UK for late deliveries of the OnePlus 3. The company promised to fulfil all existing pre-orders by the next week but went on to announce a price hike ten days later.
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A month later, it seems the company is still struggling to meet demand for the OnePlus 3 in the rest of Europe. Yesterday, the company published a blog post in which it announced that sales of the OnePlus 3 will be frozen from August 9th till September 12th in a number of European countries which included Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
"We are working hard to secure more stock and fire up more production lines so that we can fulfil our goal of putting premium products into the hands of as many people as possible. With this note I wanted to give customers in affected regions enough advance notice to be able to purchase a OnePlus 3. If you’re planning to purchase but can’t do it before we pause sales, we’ll be offering an in-stock notification service where you can sign up with your email address to be notified when we’re back in stock," said OnePlus.
However, the company assured those who have already pre-ordered the handset in these countries to not to worry as deliveries will take place as per promised timelines. The company also said that those who pre-order the handset before August 9 will also receive their handsets in time but those who cannot will have to wait till September 12.
OnePlus says sorry for late deliveries of OnePlus 3
With OnePlus having already faltered once in ensuring timely deliveries of the 3 in the UK last month, we wonder if OnePlus will announce a sales freeze of the handset in the country in the coming days. Given that the company's shipments in the rest of Europe are way behind schedule, we aren't sure if the company has been able to close the gap between demand and supply here and will keep a close eye on the company's blog updates for any indications.
In other news, Phone Arena has spotted a new handset on GFXBench and believes that it could be the OnePlus 3 Mini. Aside from a smaller 4.6-inch display, the phone features exactly the same specifications as OnePlus 3 like 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 processor and 16-MP and 8-MP cameras. A mere look at the specifications forces us to agree with Phone Arena but with the lack of any other leaks or teasers from the company, we'll hold out for a bit longer.