Chinese startup OnePlus has partnered with Bharti Airtel to showcase its latest smartphone, OnePlus 2, at its retail stores.
Starting today, those interested in buying the new OnePlus 2 can go to 50 Airtel stores across Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru for a hands-on experience of the smartphone, which is available in India via Amazon only.
Though limited to 3 cities only at present, this plan will be gradually rolled out to other cities where Airtel has 4G presence.
Users need to get their hands on invites in order to be able to purchase the smartphone. Those who upgrade their existing sim card for an Airtel 4G sim or go for a new Airtel 4G connection at the store will also stand a chance to receive a OnePlus 2 invite. The Airtel stores will be handing over the invites on first-come-first-serve basis.
The OnePlus 2 64GB variant with 4GB RAM is currently available for purchase for Rs 24,999, while the 32GB model with 3GB RAM will go on sale later this year at Rs 22,999.
OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS LCD In-Cell display is brighter than that of last year’s model. Below the display is hardware button that houses a fingerprint scanner, while the USB Type C port is located at the bottom.
OnePlus 2 runs on OxygenOS, based on the latest Android version Lollipop 5.1. It is the first device to ship with OnePlus’ own operating system out of the box. “With the OnePlus 2, we’re making a bet on the future, and doubling down on a holistic product experience,” said OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei.
This dual-sim smartphone is powered by 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is the fastest processor on the market right now.
OnePlus 2 sports a 13MP rear camera with a 1.3-micron sensor, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, and Optical Image Stabilization system; on the front is a 5MP selfie camera. The 4G smartphone packs a 3,300mAh that is approximately 10% bigger than the 3,100mAh battery of the original model.