OnePlus scraps further plans for One StyleSwap covers
To say that OnePlus has struggled a bit with its launch of the One this year might be a bit of an understatement. From initial word of its invite system, to stock shortages, to ill-conceived promotions, it’s been a rocky road for the company. Recently, we’ve been hopeful that things were turning around, especially as we got word late last month that those invites could be going away entirely in the near future. But now we find ourselves bringing you news of another upset, as OnePlus kills-off the One’s StyleSwap covers.
Announced back in March, the plan was to give users a choice of interchangeable covers made from (or at least simulating the texture of) silk, denim, sandstone, Kevlar, and bamboo. And we ultimately did see the company release that bamboo cover earlier this summer, but that’s all she wrote.
Today, OnePlus reveals that manufacturing issues have led to that bamboo cover having extremely low yield rates. More than that, the swapping process in general has been problematic, risking damage to the phone’s battery or the backplate itself. In consideration of those obstacles, the company has decided to end the StyleSwap line altogether.
Existing bamboo covers will still be available for sale until supplies are gone – and from the sound of things, that won’t be long. And there may still be custom OnePlus One handsets sold with Kevlar or denim covers already installed, but the dream of buying any of those as accessories to swap onto your existing One phone is now dead.
While not good news however you spin it, OnePlus at least says that it’s learned some lessons from all this, and that it will try to make StyleSwap work again with the OnePlus 2… whenever that gets here.