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OnePlus Withdraws 16GB OnePlus 2 Variant From U.S. & Europe

January 22, 2016 - Written By Kishalaya Kundu

When OnePlus introduced its latest effort last year, the device was launched in two different versions. A base version with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage and a more premium model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. While the 64GB version of the OnePlus 2 was always going to be the one to go for, the 16GB edition on offer was about $60 cheaper than the higher-spec’d model in the US. Now, however, the Shenzhen-based smartphone vendor has reportedly announced officially that it will no longer sell the cheaper, 16GB variant in the US and Europe. The official reason given by the company is that a huge majority of people in these markets were buying the 64GB version anyways, so stocking up on two different models didn’t make much sense for the company.

As a quick refresher on the prices, while the 64GB variant of the OnePlus 2 comes with 4GB RAM, and costs $389, the 16GB variant sports just 3GB RAM and had a $329 price-tag in the US. While the 16GB model will no longer be offered in the US and Europe, the company has specifically singled out India as one of the markets where consumers are finding value in the more pocket-friendly version of the device. According to a statement released by the company detailing the reasons behind its decision, “we have seen much greater interest in the 64GB version of the OnePlus 2 in North America and Europe, so we have removed the 16GB version from those store pages … We will continue to offer the 16GB version in limited markets such as India, where customers are more interested in an option for different amounts of storage”.

Taking a quick glance at the OnePlus 2, the smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC (v2.1). The device comes with a choice of either 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, as discussed already. The handset comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera, and is one of the first smartphones to ship with microUSB Type-C connectivity. The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box in the form of Oxygen OS 2.0, and carries a 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery.