OnePlus continues to deliver news of its upcoming One handset piecemeal, and earlier this week we got details about what to expect from the smartphone’s imaging systems. Our next update arrives today, pulling back the camera a little and focusing on the One’s external design as we get word of interchangeable covers crafted from a number of materials.
OnePlus calls these “covers,” but from the harsh words it has to say about cases that are applied on top of a phone, obscuring its design, we’re almost certainly talking about Moto G-style backplates.
Five such options get confirmed today: silk, denim, sandstone, Kevlar, and bamboo. By and large, these won’t just give the appearance of those materials – OK, so the silk and sandstone textures will be simulated, but the Kevlar, denim, and bamboo covers will all be made from the real deal. (And yes, those are iPhone cases up top – but cool, casual denim is unconcerned with such distinctions)
We don’t have any indication just yet what these options might add to One pricing, but seeing how the phone itself should come in south of $400, we can’t imagine the covers would demand substantial premiums on top of that – maybe something like the $25 Moto X wooden options.
Does this spell bad news for rumors of an aluminum unibody OnePlus One construction?