A couple weeks back, we saw OnePlus tease something new for its One smartphone. The company told us to “knock on wood” for a July 22 announcement, and unless we were seriously misinterpreting the signs, that sure looked like the company following-up on earlier plans to deliver a variety of alternate One backplates, including a bamboo option. With the day now upon us, OnePlus has gone ahead and confirmed our expectations, revealing the OnePlus One bamboo StyleSwap cover.
While it’s great to see the cover confirmed like this, four months following the initial StyleSwap announcement, its launch doesn’t arrive without a few hiccups. For instance, even after all this waiting, we still don’t have a date for when the cover will actually become available; for the moment, OnePlus just says that it’s coming soon. And then there’s the price, and while the $50 OnePlus is asking won’t exactly break the bank, it’s notably more expensive than the $25 wood options Motorola offers with the Moto X.
Then again, this OnePlus wooden solution has the big benefit of being user-replaceable, and owners will be able to install the bamboo cover (and any future ones that arrive) at their convenience, or go back to the phone’s original look when the mood strikes them. That kind of flexibility is valuable, though we’ll be curious to see if other StyleSwap options (like the promised denim) will share the same $50 price point.
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