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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OnePlus One launching soon in India


OnePlus One
The Economic Times held an interview with Carl Pei, OnePlus' Global director, over the upcoming launch of the in India. The "2014 flagship killer" will be launched in the "fastest growing market" sometime this December.

The handset will be priced at around INR 20,000 ($325), according to Pei, but that is still to be finalized. Additionally users may not have to rely on the invite system anymore, as that is expected to turn into a pre-order system in any case.

The company will launch the 64 GB version of the phone first, followed by the 16 GB version after an unspecified amount of time. OnePlus is also building a small, specialized team of employees based in India, to provide support for the new customers – something that has not been done for any other country, with the company's support based only in China.

Pei did mention a couple of interesting things, regarding the OS for future OnePlus handsets. First, he revealed that OnePlus has set up a software team to develop an in-house OS, which means that the company may be looking to do away with CyanogenMod for its next phone.

Secondly, he revealed that the company is looking into building a Windows Phone smartphone. It is not known if this will mean a OnePlus One with Windows Phone (like the HTC One M8 for Windows) or a separate device all together. Its important for Microsoft to partner with more popular manufacturers to get their OS out there, and OnePlus One is a good example.

[UPDATE] It has now been confirmed that OnePlus One is not planning to build a Windows Phone device, and this was apparently a miscommunication between Mr. Pei and The Economic Times. In reality, this is what he meant to say:
[Carl Pei] was speaking to the fact that we are open to choice for our users and had even at one point spoken with Microsoft about perhaps having Windows as a choice for install on the One. We have no plans to make a Windows phone.


source - TheEconomicTimes | WPCentral
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