OnePlus unveils preorder method for its hard-to-get phone

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Leave it to OnePlus to create a preordering system that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the phone right away. 

OnePlus announced on its blog Monday you’ll be able to pre-order the OnePlus One beginning Oct. 27 at 11 AM EST. But if you really want the phone you should take advantage of OnePlus’s offer to set up your order in advance, as in typical OnePlus fashion there is no guarantee you’ll actually get the device.

The preorders will be a first-come, first-served selloff of existing inventory. So the early birds will probably get one, but others may have to wait their turn. OnePlus did not specify what models are available or how long the wait could be. You can drop out of the pre-order queue if you happen to score an invite.

OnePlus sells a 16GB white and 64GB sandstone black model, priced at $299 and $349. The company is also throwing in discounts on accessories, such as cases and headphones.

The story behind the story: Getting your hands on a OnePlus One hasn’t been easy, as the only way has been scoring an invite from another owner, and then waiting to hear that you have been granted permission to buy one. Our initial review of the OnePlus One was favorable, but the device has been plagued with late software updates and the occasional exploding battery since its launch.

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