OnePlus One arrives promising to never settle for second best

April 23, 2014
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OnePlus has finally taken off the veils from its highly hyped device. It has promised to never settle for mediocrity and put out the best of the best, but the question now is whether it was able to deliver on its word. Like many devices, it's a hit on some and a miss on others, but the market will be the final judge once it finally lands in the hands of users.

Here you have the expected specs that have been teased little by little in the past. A fast, in fact the fastest, 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 drives the device and the 3 GB of RAM ensures to keep things snappy. Internal storage configurations include 16 GB and and 64 GB, both boasting the latest and fastest EMMC 5.0 specification. The camera isn't exactly spectacular at 13 megapixels at the back and a high 5 megapixel shooter in the front, but they're quite on par with almost everyone else. You have your staple of connectivity options, such as WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2G, 3G, and 4G network, and Bluetooth 4.0. The 3,100 mAh battery will help keep all of the above functioning throughout the day. The Chinese company claims that the OnePlus One is the first smartphone to sport bottom-facing stereo speakers, though there might be some ready to dispute that. What isn't so easily disputable, however, is the help that JBL gave in order to make that design a possibility. As leaked before, 13 megapixel rear camera sports Sony's IMX214 Sensor with a 6-element lens and f/2.0 aperture. No tricks here, like building up a 50 megapixel image, but you do get pretty pictures even in low light conditions.

OnePlus has given a lot of though into the form of the device. After all, they have a more than a dozen similar looking shapes and designs to contend with. One of the biggest things that differentiates it from other smartphones is the lack of any distinctive marking on the face of the device. Without the need to make room for any type of branding or logo or even a home button, they are able to dedicate the entire surface to the display. At least that's the theory. Unfortunately it seems that they have gone with capacitive buttons instead of software ones, which takes away a good chunk of space at the bottom. The other unique thing about the OnePlus One is that, while most have been trying to do away with bezels, it embraces it to some extent. The smartphone features a rather strange recessed bezel, separating the screen and the edge by a gap of 0.7 mm. It is a unique design, no doubt, but whether our hands and thumbs will agree is something that still needs to be tested. As far as form factor goes, the OnePlus one is your typical 5.5-inch smartphone, with dimension of 152.9 mm x 75.9 mm x 8.9 mm. However, the screen edge has its own separate measurement, at 4.6 mm thick.

In terms of personalization, OnePlus has taken a page from Motorola's book. Though not exactly offering the same level of freedom like the Moto X, OnePlus reveals that buyers will have a choice of personalized textures, including bamboo, wood, denim, and even kevlar. For those looking for less fancy appearances, the OnePlus One is available in Sandstone Black and Silk White. OnePlus itself just recently teased the customized CyanogenMod 11S experience that owners will be facing in the new smartphone. Indeed, this particular brand of CyanogenMod will be sporting a flatter than usual theme, but users will be given more freedom in customizing their device's appearance. But beyond just theming, OnePlus says that users will also be able to install the different custom interfaces from its competitors, like OPPO's ColorOS or Xiaomi's MIUI.

The OnePlus One will initially be available in 16 countries consisting of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the US starting the second quarter of this year.. It will also come with very tempting prices. The 16 GB will only cost $299 while the 64 GB isn't that far away at $349. Considering these will be offered unlocked and without contracts, that is definitely a bargain that is hard to refuse.


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  • 4v

    These are my estimates:

    Stock Firmware Uploading to the Internet – within this week
    Rooting Announcement (not fake) – within this week, or maybe next month

  • W1z

    No India? They just lost a big market.

    • NrikeCalderon

      The article states the phone will be “initially” available in the counties mentioned. India might come next.

  • harkirat11077

    Can I just point out to people that going in for CyanogenMod is like settling to use the last version of android… in case people haven’t noticed… the current stable version of CM10 (Android 4.3). CM doesn’t release a stable version almost for a whole year… usually their final code commits happen after a new version of Android is announced.

    Just saying…

    • JonnyBoy

      Its specifications say its coming with CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4.

  • Philip Alexander Hassialis

    Does anyone know if these phones are considered “international”? I mean, I could imagine buying one of these, but will it work here in Greece? Can anyone provide any specifics on this?

    • Kostas P.

      I believe that it will work here in Greece. At least that is what “unlocked” really implies for smartphones (mentioned in the text). Not specific region barriers. Hope this helped

      • Kostas P.

        Hmm I just check it again and I am not really sure. It seems there is a difference between region unlocked and carrier unlocked (you can switch mobile carrier). I dont know which one of the two is really mentioned here. So, does anybody else know for sure?

    • NrikeCalderon

      What you need to check is the cellphone bands used in Greece and compare them to the bands the phone supports. This is the only way you will be able to find out if it will work in Greece.

    • ram

      these are international phones…yeah..mostly the phones would differ with the 4G Band like in Nexus, where they have released 2 models, one is for US and other is for International sale…so when you see the difference, the specs are almost same, but the 4G band differs…While in One+ one, the video says Global 4G…so obviously it’s international phone..:) :) Enjoy…

      This is the Best competitor to Google Nexus…wow…Seriously stunning in every department..:) phone without any compromises…:)

  • Bill

    Which carriers will this work with?