OnePlus, after permanently slashing the price of its OnePlus One smartphone in the US and some regions in Europe, appears to be set to end its exclusive online retail partnership with Amazon India – and make the smartphone available on Flipkart as well.
A Flipkart Twitter post on Thursday showed an image highlighting the outline of a handset along with the caption – “The One Wish Flipkart hasn’t fulfilled yet….is about to come true soon.” The tweet, which features the same text, also included a #One hashtag.
In the meanwhile, a report from Techolic citing a person familiar with the matter claims that the OnePlus One will be offered by Flipkart starting June 22. The e-commerce firm is said to be aiming to make the 64GB Sandstone Black variant available first. OnePlus however, has not made any comments on the matter.
OnePlus is following in the footsteps of Xiaomi in India, as the latter brand was initially exclusively sold online via Flipkart, but earlier this year began to sell its products via other e-commerce and physical retail firms. OnePlus One is probably also looking to clear out its stock to make space for OnePlus 2, which is anticipated to be released soon.
Talking about the OnePlus 2, the firm on Thursday stated the price of OnePlus 2 would definitely be higher than $322 (roughly Rs. 20,500), or around CNY 1,999. The firm says that the elevated price range is due to the expense of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is much more expensive compared to the Snapdragon 801 in the OnePlus One, and added the firm has not been able to obtain the SoC at a discount.