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Buying a OnePlus 5 will require an invite, at least in India

Have you ever met anyone who was into the OnePlus invite system before it was retired? Actually, have you ever heard of anyone that liked that system of buying smartphones? Probably not. But do brace yourself, for it looks like the much-hated invites will be back for the OnePlus 5, at least in India.

On the official landing page for the handset’s launch in the subcontinent you can purchase an invite for the unveiling event that will take place in Mumbai on June 22. That invite will cost you INR 999 ($15 or 13). It will obviously let you attend said event, but here’s where it gets interesting: “Invite holders will receive a OnePlus 5 invite code at the launch event”. That’s listed among a few other perks that you will receive, such as a T-shirt, a travel backpack, and a pair of sunglasses.

But… a OnePlus 5 invite code? This strongly suggests that invites will be back for this model, at least in India. So far OnePlus hasn’t made an official announcement regarding invites for the OnePlus 5, so if you aren’t in India all you can do now is hope that this will only apply to certain markets (and not yours).

Thanks for the tip, Ahsan!