You may remember the OnePlus One as one of the most hyped smartphones of the year thus far. That is for two big reasons: first, it ships with top-of-the-line specifications and, second, the One manages to do that at a price lower than what Google asks for its impressive Nexus 5. (The fact that it looks quite nice does not hurt either.)
On top of that, OnePlus has also employed a clever trick to drum up people's interest in its first smartphone before the official launch. The One will follow a different path to availability, as the company will only allow those who have received an invite to buy it. After all, the exclusive launch only adds to the appeal, does it not?
OnePlus says that the "first major batch of invites", to buy the 64 GB version of the One, will be sent soon to select members of the official OnePlus forum, who will be chosen based on "forum age", engagement (they will have to have a set minimum number of posts to be eligible) and "recent activity" (on top of that, they have to be active before the selection starts). The invite is only good for 24 hours before receiving it, to put a damper on "creating a second-hand invite market".
Those who do not meet any of the said requirements can keep an eye out for two upcoming contests, which will have "one or more invites for the 64 GB Sandstone Black version of the One" as prizes. The said model will go for $349.
Specs include: 5.5in IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920; 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801; 3 GB of RAM; 3,100 mAh battery; 13 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture; 4K, 1080p, and 720p at 120 FPS video recording; 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera; NFC; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS; 4G LTE; CyanogenMod 11S (based on Android 4.4 KitKat), and physical dimensions of 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm and 162g.