OnePlus has never been one to do things the normal way, so the news surrounding its next smartphone release shouldn’t be too much of a shock.
With the announcement of its next flagship, the OnePlus 2, we’ll be able to access the event via virtual reality for the first time ever, giving us a never before seen perspective of a commercial launch.
OnePlus understands that VR might not be the most accessible platform for most fans, so in an effort to increase participation, it will be unveiling its own headset, made from cardboard.
The headset itself will come in a build-your-own fashion, much like the Google Cardboard, with users having to get a bit crafty to put it together. OnePlus is claiming that it won’t take long to put together, so we have hope that it’s telling the truth.
The headset itself is designed to fit the new OnePlus phone, but also caters for other devices up to 6” in size, so you aren’t being restricted to a small number of phones.
There’s no word yet whether different operating systems other than Android will support the headset, meaning Apple and Windows Phone device owners are being left in the lurch for the time being.
The event itself will be held as normal, whilst VR participants will be able ‘stand’ next to the OnePlus team whilst the device is unveiled, giving us a brand new way to take in a mobile launch.
OnePlus hasn’t confirmed too many details about the next flagship phone off its conveyor belt, although one feature which is guaranteed is a USB-C port – which allows for faster charging.
The device is expected to pack a 5.5” QHD display, alongside an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 810 chipset.
Many fans have also been asking for a full metal build to help the OnePlus 2 cement its place as one of the leading smartphones on the market, although we’re not too sure if the company will want to shell out on such premium materials.
The OnePlus 2 will also be making a move away from CyanogenMod, instead favouring the Oxygen OS, which is basically a more concise version of Android Lollipop with a couple of extra features.
In terms of pricing reports are suggesting that the new OnePlus phone could cost as little as £265, although you will have to earn yourself an invite from the company to pick up the phone. Invites are typically issued through competitions and events, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the OnePlus social media channels to have a chance.
The launch event itself takes place on July 27th at 7pm PT, which makes it 3am on July 28th here in the UK – so only the very committed will likely stay up to watch.
Written by Luke Hatfield