Touted as a "flagship killer," the OnePlus 2 smartphone might have a little ways to go before it can overpower Android smartphones from other companies — like getting the phone into their U.S. customers' hands in the first place.
Carl Pei, the co-founder of the Shenzhen, China-based smartphone manufacturer, personally apologized for the delay.
"Well, we messed up the launch of the OnePlus One as well," stated Pei in his official but informal forum release. He went on to somewhat blame it on lack of inventory, citing a delay in "inventory levels ramp[ing] up." Pei continued:
"With the OnePlus 2, we made rosy plans. We were more confident, and prepared a lot more inventory. We told our users it would be 30-50x easier to get invites, and they needn't worry. Yet, we only began shipping in meaningful quantities this week, nearly a month after our initial targeted shipping date. You can talk all you want, but in the end, flawless execution speaks much louder than unfulfilled promises."
The phone was revealed two months ago and was available for preorder on an invite-only basis. As of right now, the company is potentially planning a one-hour window for potential customers to be able to grab the phone sans invite, due to the fact that the company is "really [ramping] up the shipping of OnePlus 2," according to Pei.
As for the expected backlash? Pei is optimistic, encouraging all kinds of feedback to help them improve — presumably, for the next inevitable launch they will have of a different OnePlus generation.
Learn more about the next generation of OnePlus in the video clip below.