OnePlus 5 with dual-cameras unveiled in India; prices start at Rs 32,999
At a glitzy launch event at the National Sports Club Of India (NSCI), Mumbai, on 22 June, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus officially unveiled the OnePlus 5. OnePlus announced that the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage version will retail for Rs 32,999, while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration will cost Rs 37,999. The launch event featured comedian Vir Das, and was hosted by journalist Rajiv Makhni.
The phone went on sale exclusively on Amazon India at 4:30 PM as part of an early access special.
While thousands of OnePlus fans thronged the venue (OnePlus had sold tickets for Rs 999), to get the first glimpse of the smartphone in person, the smartphone had already been unveiled during a global launch event streamed on YouTube on 20 June. Since the global launch has already taken place, nothing about the phone is unknown. The only piece of the puzzle remaining was the cost.
The India launch, beginning at 2 PM IST, lasted about 65 minutes and featured Kyle Kiang, Global Head of Marketing at OnePlus , Szymon Kopec, Product Manager, OnePlus, Sanjay Mehta, Global Vice President, Qualcomm, Brian Yoon, Design Director, and Arun Srinivasan, Director Consumer Electronics, Amazon India. Over the course of the launch OnePlus did its best to tout the many features of the smartphone, with an especial emphasis on the phone's dual-cameras.
There was also the finale of the OnePlus smartphone competition, in which Soumya from Bhuvaneshwar answered two questions correctly and went home Rs 1 crore richer, along with a brand new OnePlus5 smartphone, of course.
Pop-up events across India
In case you couldn't make it to Mumbai for the launch, fret not. The smartphone is probably coming to your city. Starting 23 June, OnePlus is holding pop-up events in four cities - Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai. These pop-up stores will be showcasing the phone in an 'experience zone', and customers will be able to purchase the smartphone as well. No information was given as to how many smartphones will be available at these stores.
Here are the details of the pop-up events:
1. New Delhi: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj from 3 pm - 9 pm on 23 June.
2. Bengaluru: OnePlus Experience Store, Brigade from 12:30 pm - 10 pm on 24 June
3. Chennai: Mercedes-Benz: Trans Car India 355A, GST Road, Alandur from 3 pm - 9 pm on 24 June
4. Hyderabad: Indian Motorcycle, Aruna Arcade, Jubilee Hills from 3 pm - 9 pm on 25 June.
OnePlus 5 specifications
In case you've been living under a rock and don't know what the specifications of the new OnePlus 5 are, take a look at the chart below: