As we start pushing into the middle of June, Q3 2015 is within sight, a quarter that is set to bring us some of the most anticipated phones of the year. One device on the slate for a Q3 debut is the follow-up to last year’s OnePlus One, and so far rumors have been making the OnePlus 2 out to be one hell of a smartphone. We’ve heard rumors about quad HD screens, Snapdragon 810 SoCs, and other top-shelf specs. More recent reports have become a little more conservative with their predictions, instead pointing to the return of a 1080p panel. Does this also mean that the rumored $430 launch price isn’t happening, and that the second-gen OnePlus smartphone will be as affordable as the original? That’s sounding like a distinct possibility, as a new source talks pricing.
A rumor out of China suggests that the OnePlus 2 could sell over there for about 2000 yuan – exactly the same as the 16GB model OnePlus One did when it was first released in the nation. That has us hopeful that the OnePlus 2 could return with a $300 base-level price, with more storage available for a small premium.
Granted, since it sounds like specs like that quad HD screen or 4GB of RAM are no longer on the table, another very budget-friendly price tag isn’t so surprising. But considering the invite-fueled nightmare the first several months (oh, who are we kidding – the better part of the first year) of OnePlus One sales were, it might not have been crazy to think that the company might embrace slightly higher prices in order to both govern the rate of sales and help better fund production efforts.