OnePlus 2 USB-C cable

The OnePlus 2 is one of the first phones to be announced with a USB-C port, and that means OnePlus had to have a USB-C cable in the box. It didn't just take any old USB-C cable off the shelf, though — it designed its own cable from the ground up and it's pretty awesome. With so few vendors currently offering USB-C cables OnePlus thought it was a good idea to sell it directly, though, and it plans to do just that.

The cable follows the same design as its Micro USB cable from the OnePlus One — it's a flat tangle-free cable with thick shielding for durability, and a nice rubber tie connected to it to keep it neatly bundled when not in use. The new USB-C model has a neat new feature though — the USB-A end (where it goes into the wall plug or computer) is also reversible. A patent pending technology lets you plug the cable in both ways without any moving parts, using a small bit of smarts in the plug itself to figure out how you inserted it.

OnePlus 2 USB-C cable

OnePlus currently sells its old Micro USB cable for $9.99 on its store, but at the OnePlus 2 launch event co-founder Carl Pei said they intend to sell the new USB-C cable for "about $5," with stock coming available three weeks or so after the phone goes on sale on August 11. They admit that the price is at or below the cost of manufacturing it, but smartly recognizes that having USB-C cables widely available (and with OnePlus logos on them) when it sells a USB-C phone is the smart play. OnePlus of course intends to still make money on its other accessory offerings.

So whether you're getting a OnePlus 2, have a fancy new Chromebook Pixel or MacBook, or just want to futureproof with some really nice cables at an unbeatable price, be ready to pick up a few from OnePlus in the coming weeks.