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article imageOnePlus sells 30,000 smartphones in just 64 seconds

By James Walker     Aug 5, 2015 in Technology
Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has announced that it burnt through all of its available stock for its new flagship handset, the OnePlus Two, after just 64 seconds of the phone going on sale in its home country. It packs $600 features into a $329 device.
The OnePlus Two was unveiled late last month after weeks of rumours and speculation. It offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 13MP camera for just $329.
OnePlus has also packaged up a fingerprint sensor and large 3,300mAh battery. The budget price includes features that would normally appear only on smartphones costing twice as much money or more.
The extraordinarily low price certainly doesn't compromise on quality and the handset has been positively reviewed since its reveal. Aiming to be the "2016 flagship killer" device, OnePlus is now suffering from the same issues that hindered the original OnePlus One.
Despite claiming that it has over 30 to 50 times more OnePlus Two launch units available than that of the OnePlus One, the phone sold out completely after just over a minute of sales today.
TrustedReviews reports that the company revealed the figure on its Weibo page this morning. Purchasing the OnePlus Two ordinarily requires you to have an invite, obtained by registering your interest on the OnePlus website, but the phone is sold freely in its home country of China.
This has led to a sudden surge of demand from people looking to pick up the deal that the OnePlus Two is. With 30,000 handsets sold in 64 seconds, the company was moving over 465 units every second during the brief time that supplies remained.
The phone will next come back in stock in China on August 11 at 10 a.m., but it looks like it will immediately sell out again just as quickly as it did today. The OnePlus Two will also be made available worldwide on August 11 but international purchasers will need an invite to be able to buy.
Invite holders likely still won't be getting their phones very quickly though: OnePlus is believed to currently have a waiting list of 1.7 million people after getting 1 million invite requests in just the first two days of availability. Even if it does have 50 times more stock than last year, that's still a lot of phones to supply and demand looks set to remain high worldwide for the foreseeable future.
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