OnePlus confirms price increase for OnePlus 2
Yesterday, OnePlus got the ball rolling on official details about the forthcoming OnePlus 2 as it disclosed its choice of the Snapdragon 810 as the SoC that will power the handset. That announcement has served to act as the catalyst to get lots of people talking about the phone, speculating about performance and pricing. OnePlus hasn’t been blind to all this, and today it issues a formal “chill out” message, telling its fans to stop listening to all the rumors – and offering a little insight into OnePlus 2 pricing in the process.
OnePlus talks about component costs, and how the Snapdragon 810 is unavoidably more expensive than its first-gen phone’s 801, before confirming that the OnePlus 2 will cost more than $322 when it finally launches.
Well that’s a queer number; where’d that $322 figure come from? We actually talked about this one last week, with a rumor out of China claiming the phone would sell for 2000 yuan. That’s the same price the original OnePlus One sold for in China, so we interpreted that to mean that the OnePlus 2 might sell for the same $300 as the original in markets abroad. Other sites that didn’t bother to put the rumor in perspective just did a straight currency conversion – and at current rates, 2000 yuan is just about $322. In any case, we now know to expect the OnePlus 2 to go for even more than that; maybe $350 would be a safe starting point?
Beyond that pricing issue, OnePlus sticks by its guns and insists that overheating won’t be a problem for the phone. One way it intends to accomplish this is by underclocking the 810 to just 1.8GHz, instead of the 2.0GHz of phones like the LG G Flex 2 or Sony Xperia Z3+.
Finally, we get a new teaser, with the handset in the pic above reportedly the OnePlus 2 itself. We can’t see much of anything, but there you go.