The company in a blog post explained the reason for the launch, citing the "holiday season" where "sharing is caring". OnePlus said with the new Sandstone case, even iPhone users can experience the "uniqueness of this texture". The cover is available from the Oneplus.net website priced at $19.99 (roughly Rs. 1,300). It will be launched in India in the second half of December at Rs. 1,199, via Amazon India.
"It's not just about a case. For us and for many of you, Sandstone represents something bigger. Maybe you know someone who just went out and bought the latest iPhone. Maybe you were this close to getting them to see your side of things. This is your chance to leave your exasperation at the door and just show them what they're missing," the post added.
The company said the Sandstone case for iPhone models is only available in limited quantities for the holiday season, and at the time of writing, it was already "out of stock". The Sandstone case is made of the same rough Sandstone PET material found on the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 Sandstone Black variants. OnePlus said the polycarbonate construction offers protection and better grip for the slim and slippery iPhone models.
Notably, the OnePlus Sandstone completely covers the Apple company logo on the rear panel of the smartphone and instead sports an OnePlus logo, which most iPhone users may not like to flaunt. The case does not cover the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s from all sides. It leaves the bottom speaker grille and port, power button at right, volume+mute buttons on the left and the top bezel exposed. It has a rear camera cut-out that keeps the iPhone camera bump protected.
The OnePlus Sandstone Case measures 138.7x70.2x10.5mm and weighs 20 grams. It also comes with a OnePlus X invite in the package. However, it is not a regular invite. The company says, "It could be a limited edition Ceramic invite, or maybe even a free device."
OnePlus on Tuesday made its first leather case for the OnePlus 2 smartphone available in India priced at Rs. 7,499. The Hard Graft Wild Phone Case for OnePlus 2 is designed by Hard Graft with Tuscan leather. It packs two pockets tucked inside where one could be used for storing up to four cards.