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Equipped with Cyanogenmod and priced to kill, OnePlus One is easy on the wallet and the eyes

Founded by former Oppo Electronics VP Pete Lau, Beijing, China-based OnePlus has from the start seen tons of hype surrounding its upcoming global smartphone offerings.

Among the things OnePlus has done to differentiate itself has been pledging to use CyanogenMod, a replacement firmware solution based on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android.

Despite not being officially offered with any past smartphone, CyanogenMod still managed to attract over 10 million registered users, and potentially as many as 25 million total users (when unregistered users were factored in).  Those numbers make it one of the world's most popular firmware solutions.

And now, thanks to the new deal with OnePlus, it's become serious business.

OnePlus One
OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau is a former Oppo Electronics VP. [Image Source: OnePlus]

The rest of the rumored spec of OnePlus's introductory "One" flagship smartphone (aka. "the 1+1") have plenty more to love.  The phone's spec has already started leaking, ahead of its April 23 official unveil:

OnePlus One
  • SoC: 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 801
  • Display: 5.5" 1080p JDI display (JDI = Japan Display Iniative, a joint venture from Sony Corp. (TYO:6758), Toshiba Corp. (TYO:6502), and Hitachi Ltd. (TYO:6501)
  • Rear camera: 6-Piece 13 megapixel f/2.0 Sony Exmor IMX214 camera
  • Memory: 3 GB DRAM
  • Storage: 16 GB or 64 GB of internal NAND flash
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • Chassis: Metal-trimmed plastic with StyleSwap replaceable back covers
  • Firmware/OS: CyanogenMod 11S, based on Android v4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dimensions: 152.9 x 72.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Price: < $400 USD/€350 (unlocked)
OnePlus One
OnePlus One

The phone looks to come with red accessories, including cabling.
OnePlus One

The leaks show a Lightning port adapter, similar to the kind Apple, Inc. (AAPL) uses. It's unclear whether this is just a comfort to iPhone users looking to make the switch, or if the OnePlus One is actually scheduled to include a Lightning port of its own.
 
One Plus One

The StyleSwap colors resemble a less tightly integrated version of the MotoX, with trims such as bamboo wood and denim.

OnePlus One StyleSwap
Is there room for one more premium smartphone maker?  Who knows, but OnePlus and its founder are eager to test the waters.

A final note is on the distribution itself.  OnePlus is reportedly opting for a rather novel, global invitation-based purchase scheme, to slowly ramp up production.  It writes:

To [avoid] problems [such as supply shortages], we have created a much more user friendly way of buying the device through the OnePlus Invite System. With an invite, you can be 100% sure that you’ll actually be able to buy it, and it ships within a few days. In contrast to staying up in the middle of the night trying to buy one along with 20,000 other people. So in the true spirit of the OnePlus name, a good product gets spread by word of mouth, shared among friends for that extra personalized touch.

The OnePlus smartphone will have to best the likes of the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) Galaxy S5 and the HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) One (M8), as well as non-Android challengers such as the upcoming iPhone 6 and Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) Lumia 930.

[Images Source: OnePlus BBS]

Sources: OnePlus BBS, via RedmondPie, OnePlus



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By shabby on 4/21/2014 5:50:53 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing im still growing and my hand gets bigger and bigger every year, hopefully 6" phones will be the norm next year...




RE: ...
By flyingpants1 on 4/21/2014 6:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's 2mm wider than a Galaxy S4. I think you'll be ok.


RE: ...
By shabby on 4/21/2014 8:03:31 PM , Rating: 2
And 16mm taller... its ok i'll just stretch my thumb to reach the notification bar.


RE: ...
By flyingpants1 on 4/21/2014 9:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
That's a design flaw in Android, not the phone. There are plenty of other ways to open the notification bar.


RE: ...
By flyingpants1 on 4/21/2014 9:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
Btw Jason, the pic says 75.9mm not 72.9mm.


RE: ...
By Mitch101 on 4/21/2014 9:29:56 PM , Rating: 3
I remember you from the burger king ads.
http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/xu_bE7g2wqM/hqdefault.jpg


RE: ...
By EasyC on 4/21/2014 9:42:09 PM , Rating: 3
lol people seem to forget that phones can be used one handed. I'm with you. I stopped buying flagships last year when they started getting ridiculous in size.

At least Sony is paying attention. I have a z1 Compact now, great phone....


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By techxx on 4/21/2014 10:48:20 PM , Rating: 3
I totally agree. The whole "spec war" is getting out of hand as manufacturers keep trying to one-up each other in size every iteration. The worst part is consumers (human nature unfortunately) are falling for it trying to convince themselves it's somehow better.

The Moto X is a perfect example of why SPECS DON'T MATTER anymore. I chose it over the S4, G2, and other flagships and couldn't have asked for a better experience.


RE: ...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/22/2014 8:57:15 AM , Rating: 2
What spec war? This is using off the shelf components that you will find in pretty much all new Android phones made this year. It's not even a QHD screen, 1080p is nothing new.

The size? 5.5" is borderline standard size for a flagship phone at this point.

quote:
The worst part is consumers (human nature unfortunately) are falling for it trying to convince themselves it's somehow better.


What if it is better, for them? How about we let the consumers decide for themselves? No reason to condemn flagship-spec phones.

In your very same post you stated that you made an informed decision and chose the MotoX based on experience over specs. Do you think you're the only one on the planet who can pull off such an amazing feat?

The high end products push the market forward and technologies and cost savings trickle down to the mid and low end. This is how it works in almost every field. Without the "spec war", you wouldn't have your Moto X.


Watch out Nexus
By Reclaimer77 on 4/21/2014 5:49:51 PM , Rating: 4
Wow! Those specs, those looks, the OS at THAT price!?

We have a serious Nexus challenger here.




RE: Watch out Nexus
By MikeMurphy on 4/21/2014 9:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a CM supporter but no longer find their builds much better than the Google AOSP builds. The extra features that were packed in Android 2.3 never returned. Instead, many under the hood improvements that translate into slightly better battery life.

I dig the storage and battery, but doubt I would ever buy one over a Nexus.


RE: Watch out Nexus
By flyingpants1 on 4/23/2014 3:16:57 AM , Rating: 2
Why not? It's nearly the same price, and we may not see another Nexus thanks to a recent Google-Samsung deal.

I feel like there are three categories of large-screen phones right now:

1. The S3/S4 at 70mm width (already pretty huge).
2. The Note 2/3 and other 6" phones, at 80mm. One-handed use can be tricky.
3. Right in between the two categories, the LG G Pro, and this 1+1 at around 5.5" 75mm. Slightly oversized Galaxy S4s with slim bezels. May still be comfortable enough for people already used to 70mm phones.

Trying to use a 4" iPhone is. My years-old Droid Razr V had a 4.3" screen. And a 64GB SD card, but that's a whole other story.


User replaceable battery?
By jmunjr on 4/21/2014 8:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
If I can replace the battery easily I will consider this. I replace my battery several times a week now. Less than a minute to turn off, replace battery and get a full charge.




RE: User replaceable battery?
By Reflex on 4/21/2014 9:50:53 PM , Rating: 2
Cheaper/easier to just get some Qi charging plates/stands/mounts and have them where your phone sets. I rarely go below 80% anymore, have a couple desk stands, one next to my bed and a Qi mount in my Jeep. I totally forget what it was like to care about battery levels.


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