OnePlus, a company hailing from Shenzen, China, has just released their first smartphone called the OnePlus One and dubbing it the “2014 Flagship Killer” with its high-end specifications and competitive pricing.
“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.
The OnePlus One is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and 3GB of DDR3 RAM. It features a 5.5-inch JDI 1080p full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) touch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 16 or 64GB of internal eMMC 5.0 storage, and a 3100mAh LiPo battery. Connectivity-wise, the OnePlus One is capable of 4G LTE, Dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.1.
The OnePlus One’s rear camera is a Sony Exmor IMX214 13-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. The phone’s front camera is a 5-megapixel “distortion free” camera with an 80-degreen capture angle. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K resolution video and slow motion video at 120fps and 720p.
The OnePlus One runs on Cyanogenmod 11 which is a customized version of Cyanogenmod based on Android 4.4 made specifically for the OnePlus One. Some of the features found on Cyanogenmod 11S include a powerful theme engine and store, advanced camera and gallery apps, SMS encryption, and an app privacy guard. Cyanogenmod 11S also features screen-off gesture controls which allow users to activate certain functions and apps even while the OnePlus One’s screen is off like circle for camera, “v” for flashlight, and even gestures for music playback control. Users can also wake up the OnePlus One via a voice command as well as switch between on-screen or capacitive navigation buttons.
The OnePlus One will be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States at an SRP of $299/€269 for the 16GB Silk White variant and $349/€299 for the Sandstone Black variant.
Initially, the OnePlus One can only be bought via special invite through the company’s OnePlus Phone Smash program which will allow 100 lucky fans to purchase the first 100 OnePlus Ones for only $1. These lucky fans will also be able to invite their friends to buy the OnePlus One at the standard pricing.