OnePlus One features high-end hardware in a slim form factor that will be available for under $400.
OnePlus One might turn out to be a market disruptor, much like the Nexus 4 was when it launched a few years ago. The device seems to have it all: A great design, high-end internal hardware and a price that rivals that of the Nexus series. Although the handset is officially slated to be announced next week, it’s not clear what it will look like.
An image leaked on Sina Weibo revealed the back of the device as well as a sketch of the front, but that does not give a clear look at the final version of the device. OnePlus has mentioned that the One would be “the most beautifully designed handset ever,” so it will be interesting to see the final design of the handset.
The OnePlus One will also feature high-end hardware, which is in fact better than what the Galaxy S5 comes with. The OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch full-HD screen in a form factor that is smaller than the Xperia Z1s. OnePlus will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) SoC, which is clocked at 2.5 GHz. It is the same SoC that is used in devices like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the upcoming Xperia Z2. Other hardware details on the OnePlus include 3 GB RAM (which is more than the 2 GB available in the Galaxy S5), 13 MP Sony Exmor camera sensor (IMX214) with a 5 MP camera at the front, LTE Category 4 modem with global LTE connectivity and a 3,100 mAh battery along with 16/64 GB internal storage.
It is obvious that the OnePlus One checks all the boxes at least as far as the specs are concerned. In addition to the stellar hardware, OnePlus has confirmed that the One will run CyanogenMod out of the box. The move to stick with CyanogenMod instead of using a custom skin is a great move, as most of the customers this device is targeted at would want to sue a custom ROM like CyanogenMod. OnePlus has been actively seeking feedback on its forums and incorporating user ideas into its handset.
The OnePlus One will initially be offered in 16 markets that include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. The device will cost under $400, which is astonishing considering the hardware it boasts. For instance, the Galaxy S5 costs at least $650 (in a few markets, the Galaxy S5 price is as much as $850), the HTC One (M8) is also quite costly at $700, and HTC is rumored to be working on a more affordable version of the One (M8) that does not feature aluminium.
If OnePlus manages to launch a device with all these features and for under $400, it would be an achievement. The device is going to be officially announced on April 23, which is when we’ll find out if the OnePlus One does indeed deliver on its Never Settle marketing promises.