News by Luke Jones on Saturday August 30, 2014.
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OnePlus has said that its much talked about One smartphone will move off an invitation only sales strategy to full launch in October, which means you can color us sceptical.I remember reading a Q Magazine from 1996 and seeing that the rock band Bon Jovi (those of big hair and Livin? on a Prayer fame) had won best album of the year and worst album of the year, best band of the year and worst band of the year. I say this, because at the MobileBurn awards at the end of this year, the OnePlus One is going to be in a similar situation, most anticipated handset maybe, but most frustrating, definitely. It is not the hardware's fault either as OnePlus has built a fantastic smartphone that looks good, defies flagships with its specs, and is a bargain to boot. It seems the company knows how to put a device together, but what OnePlus seems to struggle with is everything else. Such as marketing, often coming up with terrible strategy, and of course actually getting its device into consumers hands has been problematical. The company has pushed back the launch date of the handset multiple times, delayed it again and again, finally making the device available if you were invited to buy one. The company now says that the invite only sales model is drawing to a close and that a pre-order system should be in place for September, with devices shipping in October. We would be remiss if we did not doubt this, such is OnePlus' track record. If the One does land then, we would be happy to finally see that handset just in time before our end of year awards.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.