The OnePlus One showed up on the scene as one of the most anticipated Android devices of the new year. Despite the mass popularity gained from its low costs and high specs, its popularity quickly decreased due to their invite system and unpopular contests. This has caused outrage from the public and many former followers of OnePlus have turned against the newly formed company and ridicule its use of contests and invite system. Their slogan “Never Settle” has been turned against them to “Never Selling”. In response to this, OnePlus staff member Carl has posted in their forums addressing the lack of units ready for sale.
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In Carl’s own words, “As a startup, survival is a big concern. Sitting with excess inventory is something that can quickly kill us.” To prevent a quick death to the new company, they underestimated the appeal their device would have to the general public and ordered only a small amount of components for building the actual device.
It takes three months to obtain the pieces needed just for the display and touch sensors which are a vital part to any smart phone today. OnePlus wishes to assure everyone that they are doing their best to increase production and get as many OnePlus Ones out there for the public to purchase.
Production is expected to pick up next week just as they had said before, but the production and availability of the OnePlus One is not matching the increase the rise of demand being seen by OnePlus.