OnePlus prepones 6T launch to avert clash with Apple event
OnePlus lately scheduled the global debut of the company’s next “Flagship Killer” smartphone OnePlus 6T on 30th October. Followingly, Apple recently announced that they are also about to hold the new Mac and iPad event on the same day itself. In order to avoid a collision with the Apple’s event, OnePlus just preponed the event to 29th of October. Move from the OnePlus is kinda odd, but it might help them to gather more crowd towards their OnePlus 6T launch event.
The company scheduled the launch event for the smartphone in New Delhi and New York on the same day and the new launch date will be one day earlier for both the locations. Since they rescheduled the launch event, OnePlus is offering a full refund for the attendee whose who are not able to attend the event on 29th, and full travel expense for those who need to cancel the existing flight and to book a new one. Plus, attendees those who purchase the device will also get a full ticket refund, confirms OnePlus.
Below is the complete announcement by Pete Lau, OnePlus CEO.
A lot has changed in the past 24 hours. When we announced the launch of the OnePlus 6T on October 8, we were convinced our timing would allow us to maximise the amount of people we could reach with our message. That changed when Apple announced they would be hosting their own event on October 30. We know the entire industry and all media will be holding their breath. So, imagine how we felt when we learned the date of their latest event. One minute, we were preparing for our greatest and most exciting launch event yet. The next, we were posed with a difficult question: “What do we do now?”
In any pursuit, you can only play the cards you are dealt. We were dealt a pretty bad hand. Our challenge was to find a way to make the most of a bad situation. For months on end, hundreds of people have poured their hearts and souls into creating our best product to date. Our goal is to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves.
We couldn’t make this decision on our own. For hours, we talked to our press contacts to gain insight into how Apple’s announcement could affect the launch of the OnePlus 6T. We received considered, honest and thoughtful feedback. They showed us that if we chose to stick to our original timeline, launching the OnePlus 6T on October 30, we would be overshadowed by Apple.
But, we know the most important voices are yours – our community. We talked to some of our most loyal users, knowing we could not make a decision of this magnitude without your input. Because we know you would be most affected by this change. Flight tickets have been booked, hotel rooms reserved, and plans made. Internally, we were incredibly divided on this decision. We debated for hours before we came to one of the most painful decisions we have ever made.
As ambitious and passionate as we all are, we have to acknowledge the reality of this situation. There are no winners here. Over the course of almost 5 years, we have been proud to witness the rise of one of the most passionate and powerful communities in all of tech. But, we have to remain realistic. We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch. So after deep reflection, we have decided to move the OnePlus 6T Launch Event in New York City to October 29.
We are moving the event a day early so we can all experience the latest technology, together. To those affected, we know sorry isn’t good enough. So, we will do everything in our power to make things right. Starting with those of you who own a ticket, but won’t be able to make the event. Everyone who owns a ticket will be able to apply for a full refund for their ticket.
If you’re still able to join our event, first of all: Thank you! We will cover any costs you might incur to change your plans. If you need to pay to move your flight, we’ve got your back. Same goes for those of you who booked a hotel or made other arrangements. Our team will be getting in touch with all ticket owners individually to help you out.
As the successor to OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T will come with a similar hardware on the board, along with an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a waterdrop notch. The smartphone is expected to price more than Rs. 35,000 in India as well.