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nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/31/2015 | 2:52:24 PM
Re: Huh?
> $329-389.00 is considered low cost?  On what planet, I wonder.  Certainly not here on Earth.

 @asksqn:

For a high spec long feature list top of the line phone, this is LOWER cost if not low cost as the comparison is with top of the line Android and iPhone prices.
asksqn
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7/30/2015 | 4:09:07 PM
Huh?
$329-389.00 is considered low cost?  On what planet, I wonder.  Certainly not here on Earth.
SunitaT0
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7/29/2015 | 12:32:37 AM
Re: No NFC
NFC is needed because Android ecosystem would slowly merge with IoT ecosystem keeping the functionality intact, and that is when you would require NFC to do certain tasks for you. Maybe in India NFC isn't that big a deal but it will render phones obsolete in 3 to 5 years if there is no NFC in phones.
SunitaT0
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7/29/2015 | 12:29:38 AM
Re: Without any channel partners
@nasimson: maybe because China has a ton of competition and moreover Chinese are going gaga over the new Samsung and the iPhone as of now. Their purchasing power is more and not suited for. Such companies that keep low purchasing power markets in their crosshairs.
SunitaT0
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7/29/2015 | 12:27:32 AM
Re: Nice phone
@sachinee: iPhone would always sell more than any type of smartphone because people are obsessed with Apple, just like you and I. OnePlusOne was really a sensation and it's still selling strongly .
Pablo Valerio
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7/28/2015 | 4:01:13 PM
Re: No NFC
@nasimson, NFC is not something you don't use. It is critical for any contacless application and an important part of the Android ecosystem.

Most phones have basic NFC functionality, and can be used for payments. security, changing profiles, etc. There are many applications appearing every day.

Right now the offical OnePlus forum is running a poll: https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/op2-has-no-nfc.327197/

where 60% of people say No NFC is a deal breaker.

 
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/28/2015 | 2:37:23 PM
Re: No NFC
 @Pablo Valerio:

Why pay for something that you dont use and are not likely to use? NFC is not used by most people so I'd consider it quite smart on their part not to over-engineer the phone with unncessary specs.

Good Marketing says: Give people what they want and dont give people what they dont want!
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/28/2015 | 2:34:09 PM
Without any channel partners
It exchanges minimum 3 hands in the channel before it reaches the consumer, so at average of 3% margin per channel partner, this would add up to 10% of device price. But without any channel partners how do the return logistics work for warranty and claims?

Interestingly enough the China based company didnt sell in China in the first go!
Susan Fourtané
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7/28/2015 | 8:37:08 AM
Re: Nice phone
SachinEE, well, I wouldn't say unnecessary. For many people, including myself, the OS is important. I see the OnePlus 2 as a competition for Samsung, not for Apple. -Susan
Pablo Valerio
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Pablo Valerio,
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7/28/2015 | 1:40:17 AM
No NFC
When I started to look at the specs for the article I was astonished that there was no mention of NFC. I haven't seen any mid-range to high-end Android smartphone without NFC in the past two years.

The OnePlus One uses one of the best NFC controllers in the market, NXP's PN65T, and NXP ships a OnePlus One with its developing kit for smartcard and payment applications.

But keeping NFC adds another component, and weight, to the phone. And it could mean breaking the $400 price barrier.

The company claim that few people use NFC might be true, but applications such as Apple Pay cannot exist without it.
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