After weeks of speculation and confirmed details about the second flagship device from OnePlus, the company has finally announced the successor to their popular first smartphone. OnePlus virtual reality event to unveil the OnePlus 2 has given us all of the "need-to-know" details about the device, including the availability and where consumers can expect to be able to purchase it. For those here in the U.S., availability will begin with an invite just like with the original OnePlus One launched last year, and OnePlus will be holding various contests for people to win invites to make the purchase. Consumers can also receive invites from others who have already gotten their own invites and purchased the device, and just like with the previous phone, invites will need to be used up within a 24-hour timeframe.
Once purchases have been made for a device, OnePlus states that it could take up to three weeks before devices are ready to ship out to buyers, however that isn't a guaranteed wait time and devices could potentially ship out earlier. Invite amounts will start out small and increase as time goes on, and the same goes for the invites that other buyers will be able to send. Purchases will also be made through the OnePlus.net website in the online store the same as the original. Since this is the U.S. model device it'll support 4G LTE which means faster data speeds and downloads if you live in a supported area where your carrier gets 4G LTE coverage. This is also a GSM based device which means it'll work on T-Mobile as well as AT&T and other GSM networks in the states. Exact supported connectivity includes GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz, WCDMA Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8, and FDD-LTE Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, and 17.
Invites will become available allowing the purchase of the OnePlus 2 for U.S. consumers starting August 11th, and will begin at the price of $389 for the 64GB model device. OnePlus will also be launching a 16GB model which will cost U.S. consumers $50 less at a price of $329, but OnePlus didn't specify an exact availability date and merely listed it was coming sometime in Q4. It's worth noting that the 16GB model also only comes with 3GB of RAM compared to the 4GB found inside of the 64GB model, so keep that in mind when deciding which one you want.