So they are quite happy to import zirconia FROM Australia, but it is far too much effort for them to ship their phones to Australia. Very smart. Welcome to Australia where we have an abundance of coal, sand, sarcasm and apparently "exquisite zirconia".
I recently met with Carl Pei (Founder of Oneplus). He said this was trial thing actually. Since Apple in testing ceramic material and it might be the future for premium phone they also wanted to see how would the material do in real life.
now lets hope they will have proper quality control/lower tolerance for parts such as the screen and memory. Imagine you buy one of those phones and you have a badly tinted screen because they also tolerate bad screens like that so that they can sell their devices cheaper. then getting a new one won't be as easy I imagine because the other phones will already be preordered too so they cant just give you a new one since there's none available anymore.
Anonymous, 21 Nov 2015Don't get ahead of yourself. Not everytging revolved around NA. Even Samsung ditch UK. Remembe... moreayyyy jeez you got offended and started to rant, viva la internet!
If you breath, you offend someone, if you don't, you offend someone. If you find some middle way between breathing and not breathing, you offend someone. If you find some unreal 4th option regarding it, you offend someone...
You... don't understand the joke about the US only phones right... poor you
(Also no I'm not American neither like Apple at all)
AnonD-375713, 20 Nov 2015"Do note however that this version of the phone will not be sold in North America." WHAATT!... moreDon't get ahead of yourself. Not everytging revolved around NA. Even Samsung ditch UK. Remember this, 80% of popular smartphone brands is from Asia. You American go buy some Apple instead, okay.
The problem with zirconia ceramics is that it's very brittle. Wonder how strong and reliable the back cover would be.