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If you need a high-end phone but have budget issues, OnePlus has permanently lowered the price of its OnePlus 2 smartphone from $389 to $349 (€345 and £249 in Europe and the UK). That makes it just $100 more than its entry-level OnePlus X phone, and could push it from “kinda expensive” to “okay, I can handle that” for a lot of folks. To prevent any bent noses, the company said it would refund the $40 difference to anyone who purchased the OnePlus 2 within the last 15 days. It’ll also throw in a free StyleSwap cover for a limited time.
If $349 seems higher than you remember, the company actually had a 16GB, $329 model for awhile, but quickly discontinued it in the US. Still, for $349 the device’s performance is top shelf — it packs a Snapdragon 810 chip, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of memory, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and 3,300 mAh battery. Keep in mind, however, that it lacks NFC, expandable memory and a swappable battery — and don’t use the out-of-spec USB Type-C cable to charge any other devices. As for why it’s offering the price drop, OnePlus said that “the cost to produce a OnePlus 2 device has never been lower,” but it might also be prepping for a new model — OnePlus 3, anyone?