Bamboo is a favorite snack of the giant panda and has long been celebrated for its medicinal purposes. Now, it's being used to give smartphones a natural-tinged new look.
OnePlus, the company behind the OnePlus One, just officially unveiled a bamboo cover option for its ultra-affordable flagship phone, which being sold unlocked directly to customers. Arriving at the end of August, it's but one of three StyleSwap covers initially planned for the OnePlus One, which will also include Silk White—described on the OnePlus site as "silky smooth"—and Sandstone Black.
Here's what Florence Ion had to say in Greenbot's OnePlus One review:
"If you’re looking for an 'un-flagship' that’s free of carrier restrictions, is equipped with a beautiful display, offers up a multitude of customization options, and is powered by software that's supported by one very dedicated team of developers, it’s certainly worth considering over any other unlocked Android device."
The OnePlus One isn’t the first phone to offer wood encasing: the Moto X can be customized with your choice of four different wood finishes, including bamboo. Unlike the Moto X, which assembles your phone for you (and locks you into your style choice), the StyleSwap cover is like buying IKEA furniture: you have to assemble it yourself. OnePlus posted a video to show that it is a pretty painless process, though.
The bamboo cover will cost $50 when it arrives at the end of August, while the Silk White and Sandstone Black covers will cost $30.