OnePlus brings its One smartphone a late-life upgrade

We’re down to the final weeks of waiting for the launch of the OnePlus 2, with the new smartphone set to make its formal debut before the end of the month. And while we’re understandably excited to get the full story on that handset, the tale’s not over quite yet for last year’s OnePlus One. Even with the hardware around for as long as it’s been, OnePlus isn’t finished tweaking things just yet, and co-founder Carl Pei shared word of a recent change on Twitter overnight.

The OnePlus One is already protected against unwanted scratches with the help of Gorilla Glass 3, but as Pei notes on Twitter, “Gorilla Glass is great against scratches, notoriously bad against drops.” In order to help reinforce the smartphone against shatter damage, new OnePlus One handsets are being shipped with a factory-installed screen protector in place.

Pei goes out of his way to announce the change so as to stem any confusion arising from the appearance of the screen protectors with new orders – specifically, in an attempt to assure shoppers that these are still genuine straight-from-the-factory units, and not anything like refurbs.

What do you think about manufacturers including screen protectors like this? Would you prefer your phone without them, or do you consider this a benefit, since you were likely to install one yourself anyway?

Source: Carl Pei (Twitter)
Via: XDA-Developers

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