After moths of hype, the OnePlus One has finally been announced to the public. The device packs some impressive specs for an astoundingly low price tag. While we already knew the main specs, now we have them all. We also have our first look at the design of the phone and the software on board.
- 5.5″ Inch 1080p IPS LCD Display – Gorilla Glass 3
- Storage – 16 or 64GB
- RAM – 3GB DDR3
- Snapdragon 801 CPU 2.5 GHz
- Adreno 300 GPU
- Rear Camera – 13MP Sony Exmor f/2.0
- Front Camera – 5MP
- Battery – 3,100 mAh Non-Removable
- WiFi – Dual-Band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Cellular – GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900), WCDMA (1/2/4/5/8), LTE (1/3/4/7/17/38/40)
- Misc Radios – Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, GLONASS
- Size – 152.9mm x 75.9mm x 8.9mm
- Weight – 162g
These specs go above and beyond those of flagships such as the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Galaxy Note 3 and more. This is topped off with the fact that this device runs CyanogenMod 11S out of the box. This is CyanogenMod based off of Android 4.4.2 kitKat with some enhancements from the OnePlus team. Radios inside should easily support most GSM networks including T-Mobile and AT&T here in the states, while not supporting any CDMA networks such as Sprint or Verizon.
By way of storage, you are limited to either 16 or 64GB or storage with no 32GB tier in between. The device has no microSD card support so you’re stuck with whatever you choose. For only $50 extra however, it’s probably well worth it to grab the 64GB model. For a battery most users shouldn’t have a problem getting through the day thanks to the 3,100 mAh battery inside. Unfortunately wireless charging is not included and the device charges only via USB 2.0 rather than the faster USB 3.0. While the back cover is removable, the battery is not. the back is removable thanks to the upcoming “StyleSwap” covers which should be announced soon. Think of this like the Moto G almost.
The hardware design of this phone is very reminiscent of the OPPO Find 5 but in a larger form factor. The device packs a massive 5.5″ inch screen in a relatively small body. Don’t think that this will feel like the average 5″ inch phone in your hand though. This is definitely going to be considered a phablet.
As said earlier the device runs a modified version of CyanogenMod 11 out of the box which is a great advantage to the device. The software is “enhanced” from the regular version of CyanogenMod with some added features. Overall though the software still looks like CyanogenMod. One feature built in that I’m happy about is the option to toggle on-screen buttons. This device does have capacitive keys but you can actually turn those off completely and instead use on-screen navigation. While I’d rather have one or the other, it’s nice to have a choice.
Another advantage of running CyanogenMod out of the box is that users will be able to easily flash other CyanogenMod builds or other ROMs entirely without having to go through extra steps like of most other devices.
Availability & Pricing
The OnePlus One is a beast of a device and you would expect the price to reflect a high price tag. But it doesn’t. For a mere $299 this phone can be in the palm of your hand, if you get invited. For at least the next few weeks, the device will be available with an invite only. Starting in mid-May though, it will be available to purchase in over a dozen countries world-wide. A full list of countries follows.
- Hong Kong
Pricing will be $299 for 16GB of storage and 64GB for $349. Are you planning to pick one up? Let us know in the comments!
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