Branded the ‘2014 Flagship Killer’, the most over-hyped Android phone was finally unveiled today at OnePlus hometown of China, and, whilst we don’t thing it has delivered to the hype, it certainly has something to say for itself!
For starters it’s got some exclusive features up its sleeve, our first favourite was the fact it neither has Capacitive or On-Screen buttons for navigations, it has both available to simply toggle between through a simple Setting! Whilst the Capacitive options doesn’t leave any illumination or guidance, been able to switch between either or, and ignoring the lesser preferred option sure is great for the user.
We’ll get in to the software later on as their are literally much more things to find out about this device as it pretty much debuted today, but what we will say is, if you known Cyanogenmod, then that’s literally all you need to know, this is ‘the’ Cyanogenmod Smartphone! We do like however that the UI base by default is based upon the default Android 4.4 Kitkat launcher, so a Stock Android feel will welcome the user from the start, then that unlimited level of customisation that Cyanogenmod offers will then be available to make the phone literally anything you could make it!
The OnePlus One was incredibly hyped by the start-up company OnePlus before launch, and we mean hyped! The biggest problem with hype however comes over expectation, and it’s that, that has fallen victim to the OnePlus One in our eyes. The specs are exactly what you’d expect them to be in 2014, minus the emission of a Card slot, and this is more true when you remember Cyanogenmod can be already installed on current Android hardware.
- 2.5GHZ Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 CPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 16GB/64GB on board storage. Oddly, 16GB will result in a White back finish, Black for 64GB
- 13MP rear camera with LED Flash / 5MP front. Both Cameras are Sony sensors
- 3100mAh battery
- 162 grams
- Bluetooth LE / LTE / NFC / 802.11AC
We were surprised to also not see a 2K display on the OnePlus One, solely on the hype, but when we get to its secret weapon you will see why, and completely forget that. Or, we could say, remember 2K displays are rather points on devices of this size!
BATTLING A TOUGH CROWD
The OnePlus One certainly has its fair share of competition however in the flagship Android-scene, from obscure devices like the Oppo Find 7 (which we must say this device slightly resembles in appearance), to the Nexus 5 (more on that later), to the big ones such as the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and the One M8!
Despite all this however, OnePlus remain confident they’ve created a phone that can still stand out from the crowd, find its way in to many peoples pocket, and leave them more than satisfied with their purchase as well, all of that is thank to their pretty incredible secret weapon!
THE SECRET WEAPON – AND IT’S A BIG ONE!!!
The OnePlus One, first of all, will be released in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and America, all of which will include LTE and LTE-A support where supported. No, don’t worry that’s not its secret weapon no…
It’s how much you will be paying for the OnePlus One that is where the company is sure will amaze. Now, we know what you’re thinking, another budget Android phone right? Wrong! We’ve seen incredible steals in the Smartphone industry such as the Moto G, and the Nexus line of phones since the Nexus 4, but the OnePlus One is about to take that to the next level!
£229 / $299 / €269
16GB White Back Version
£269 / $329 / €299
64GB Full Black Version
Yes, you’ve just read that right! We’re telling you now, scroll up and look at those specs alone, then look at those prices again, this is a VERY big deal! To put these prices in perspective, the current Nexus 5 32GB model is the same price as the 64GB OnePlus One!
We’ll have more coverage of the OnePlus One moving forward, but you really have to ask yourself, what is this device competing with? Their actually isn’t a device that can match up to this phone price alone. Whilst running Cyanogenmod is likely going to instantly mark this phone down as a “nerd-phone”, even for the average consumer thanks to the Stock Android ‘out of the box’ UI, the OnePlus One could easily fit and impress anyone!
OnePlus say, this is the device to “kill” flagships, whilst that is an unrealistic marketing term, it certainly gets you thinking. Just think of the massive effect the Moto G has had on low price mid-range Android phones, now think of that same effect happening in the high end tier thanks to this, that’s big news!
OnePlus Launches “2014 Flagship Killer”, the OnePlus One
OnePlus One Features Snapdragon 801 Processor, 5.5″ 1080p Display, 3100mAh battery from $299
April 23, 2014 – Following months of anticipation, OnePlus today revealed their flagship device, the OnePlus One. Embodying the OnePlus motto of ‘Never Settle’, the OnePlus One boasts industry leading design, superior build quality and top of the line specs at a disruptive price point.
“By paying attention to the smallest details, taking a holistic approach to product design, and working with the best partners such as Cyanogen Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, we have been able to create the greatest day to day user experience in a smartphone without compromise,” said Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus.
Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen Inc. echoed Lau’s sentiments. “I am incredibly proud of the effort our team has put in to the CyanogenMod build for the OnePlus One. We’ve brought out the full potential of the hardware and complemented it with innovative new features to give users a fresh new experience and the tools to tailor the One to their personal style,” said Kondik. “We will continue to expand this effort to provide a genuinely enjoyable and powerful operating system for the user.”
Attention to the Smallest Details The OnePlus One was designed to be beautiful, timeless and comfortable in the hand. Embracing this design language, the One features subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display. Even the smallest details belong uniquely to OnePlus, from the custom cut and engineered PCB boards to the specially designed battery and dyed inner casing. Each component is meticulously aligned and adorned with a OnePlus logo for a gorgeous device inside and out. Measuring only 8.9mm thick, the OnePlus One is ergonomic and easy to grip, with a tapered edge of just 4.6mm.
CyanogenMod Debuting with the One is CyanogenMod 11S, a special release tuned to take advantage of everything the One has to offer. CyanogenMod 11S reveals the first phase of a unique visual experience blending the best of Android with the freedom CyanogenMod is known for. Unlike most OEM skins, there are no limits to customizing your One – mix and match thousands of themes or return to stock with the new theme engine and store.
Advanced Camera and Gallery apps make capturing and viewing memories even more fun. Record your world in perfect detail with 4K video. Then relive it from the cloud in Gallery, organized by your life.
Championing privacy has been a core part of CyanogenMod’s purpose. SMS encryption between your One and CyanogenMod or TextSecure-compatible device means chats stay between friends. Privacy Guard keeps nosey apps at bay by helping you control how they use your data.
Fast, Smooth, Powerful The OnePlus One is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with quad-core CPUs at speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core, making it the world’s current fastest available processor in a smartphone. Custom Krait CPU architecture, integrated 4G LTE connectivity, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 330 GPU and 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM combine to offer a fluid and lightning quick user experience.
“Today’s premium mobile devices are measured by their ability to deliver immersive experiences through high-speed LTE connectivity and advanced multimedia, all without compromising performance or battery life,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are proud to have our Snapdragon 801 processor powering the unique OnePlus One to deliver innovative new user experiences to consumers around the globe.”
A 3100 mAh battery and energy efficient display work together to power the OnePlus One for more than a full day of use.
Experience More, Capture More The OnePlus One packs a 5.5″ 1080p full HD JDI screen. LTPS and TOL (Touch On Lens) technology provide an incredibly sharp picture and make the gorgeous 178 degree vision display significantly more shatterproof.
A Sony Exmor IMX214 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash delivers amazing shots day or night, made more precise and detailed by the 6 physical lenses. Even selfies are more beautiful with a 5 megapixel distortion free front-facing camera and extra wide 80 degree capture angle.
High Quality and Useful Features The OnePlus One is more than just amazing hardware. Uniquely engineered software offers features that you really want and simplifies your user experience without adding extra, unnecessary bloat. Voice command lets you wake the device or you can launch your favorite apps by drawing pre-set gestures on the sleeping screen. Choose between on screen and capacitive navigation buttons to suit your preference.
Pricing and Availability The OnePlus One will initially be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in 16GB Silk White for $299/€269 and in 64GB Sandstone Black for $349/€299.
The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available through the OnePlus Phone Smash, starting April 25th. OnePlus fans can go to oneplus.net/smash to apply to smash their current phone in exchange for a OnePlus One. 100 lucky applicants will get the very first 100 OnePlus Ones for just $1 as well as the ability to invite their friends to buy the OnePlus One.
Basic Parameters Color Silk White/Sandstone Black Dimensions 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm Weight 5.71 ounces (162g) Operating System CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4 CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs GPU Adreno 330, 578MHz RAM 3 GB LP-DDR3 @1866MHz Storage 16/64 GB eMMC 5.0, available capacity varies Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light Battery Capacity Embedded rechargeable 3100 mAh LiPo battery
Display Size 5.5 inch JDI Resolution 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI Type LTPS IPS with TOL Protection Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Cameras Sensor 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214 Lenses 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration Flash Dual-LED Aperture f/2.0 Front Camera 5 Megapixel – Distortion free Video 4K resolution video with stereo recording Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps
Connectivity Frequencies GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8 LTE: Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 NFC 65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support) Positioning Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital Compass
Audio Speakers Built-in Stereo Speakers Microphones Tri-microphone with noise cancellation
Ports, Slots, Buttons and Indicators Ports Data & Charging: Micro USB 2.0 Audio: Jack 3.5mm Buttons Power Button Volume Rockers Capacitive / On-screen buttons SIM 1 slot – Micro SIM Indicators 1 LED notification light (multicolored)
Multimedia Audio supported formats: Playback: MP3, AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC, WAV Recording: AAC, M4A Video supported formats: Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264, RMBB, FLV720P Recording: MP4 Image supported formats: Playback: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP Output: JPEG, RAW
In the Box 1x OnePlus One 1x Wall Charger 1x USB Cable