When it's gone, it's gone.
With the arrival of the OnePlus 3T — a new mid-cycle refresh of the OnePlus 3 — some have been wondering what the future holds for OnePlus's original (and more affordable) flagship phone. Well, the short version is: It's going away, and it's not coming back.
A OnePlus spokesperson has confirmed to Android Central that once existing U.S. and European OnePlus 3 stock is sold out, it won't be going back on sale. From then on, the company will focus solely on selling the OnePlus 3T. In the UK, the original OnePlus 3 is already sold out, leaving the higher-end (but also more expensive) model as the only option for customers.
Once existing U.S. and Euro stock is sold out, the OnePlus 3 won't be coming back.
It's unclear exactly why the OnePlus 3 is being given a relatively unceremonious send-off. Likely it has to do with OnePlus wanting to focus on a small product lineup, as it always has done, while not confusing things by selling two very similar phones. For a startup with more limited resources, it's an understandable move. That doesn't mean it'll be impossible to get hold of the older model, though — independent retailers on Amazon continue to stock the device, as does O2 in the UK.
Although it's unusual to see a popular phone discontinued after such a short period of time (the OnePlus 3 was released just five months ago), owners shouldn't fear being left behind in terms of updates. The manufacturer says both the 3 and 3T will be on the same update schedule, with both getting Android 7.0 Nougat before year's end.
OnePlus 3 owners, what are your thoughts on today's news? Shout out in the comments!
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