Today at 2:30pm Hong Kong Time—2:30am for yours truly in Toronto—upstart Android phonemaker OnePlus finally revealed their début device, the OnePlus One, on Twitter. You can scroll through the company’s feed to see all the details, and there are a lot of them!
If you haven’t heard of OnePlus, they’re a company led by former OPPO executive Peter Lau. And just like OPPO, OnePlus has partnered with Cyanogen, Inc. for a custom Android ROM on this, their first smartphone. Despite all the hype they’ve been pretty good at keeping the actual hardware under wraps; now that it’s out in the open let’s see what the tech press has to say about it.
Android Police: OnePlus One Revealed: Coming Mid-May For $299 (16GB) / $349 (64GB) With Snapdragon 801, 3GB Of RAM, And 3100mAh Non-Removable Battery
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core, Adreno 330 GPU
- RAM: 3GB LP-DDR3
- Storage: 16/64GB
- Screen: 5.5-inch JDI (IPS LCD) 1080p resolution with Gorilla Glass 3
- Camera: 13MP Sony Exmor sensor (f/2.0, flash, and 4K video), front-facing 5MP
- Battery: 3100mAh (non-removable)
- Weight: 162g
- Size: 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
- Sound: Bottom-mounted stereo speakers
- Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS/GLONASS
- Mobile connectivity: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz – WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/8 – LTE bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
Android Beat: OnePlus One unveiled: Lightest 5.5-inch phone, Snapdragon 801, 13MP camera, impressive specs starting $299
The OnePlus One is running a specially optimised version of CyanogenMod based on Android 4.4 KitKat, dubbed CyanogenMod 11S. The OS has a new design with a minimal and flat UI. There is also a theme manager that allows users to customise nearly every aspect of the OS […] The Chinese version of the handset, however, will run a customised version of Color OS from Oppo.
More interesting than the phone’s components is the case that houses them — the One’s white back cover finish is made of cashew, and you can swap this out for back plates using other materials including bamboo, wood, kevlar, and denim.
The unlocked OnePlus One will ship to Canadians sometime mid-May through the US site, but will also be heading to the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan. This is impressive considering it’s in start-up mode.
The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available starting April 25 through the company’s Smash promotion: users can apply to smash their existing phones in exchange for a One handset, which will cost just $1. Additionally, they’ll also receive OnePlus One purchase invitations for their friends. Interested buyers who will receive invites to buy the handset will be able to purchase it in mid to late May.
For what it’s worth, most of the tech blogs are also embedding this video from the company’s YouTube account, which seems to be about how cool it is to design phones as much as anything else:
For me the standout feature here is definitely the price—for $349 USD you get a lot more phone for your money than even the Nexus 5!
Are you excited about the OnePlus One?