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April 23, 2014

The OnePlus One is official

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OnePlus — headed by ex Oppo VP, Pete Lau — has, at last released their flagship smartphone the “OnePlus One”, with the announcement at 6.30am this morning UK time.

Wrapped within a magnesium chassis, the One is a relatively compact 5.5-inch, measuring 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, and weighing just 162 grams. The 1080×1920 pixel resolution LTPS screen is literally slapped on top of the chassis, so the top and bottom bezels are actually recessed. At the back we have a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor with 6 lenses and a wide, f/2.0 aperture — a unit that has, so far, proven quite capable, though we’d prefer to first test it out before making any conclusions. If you ask OnePlus, however, the camera is quite the big deal — it offers low shutter speeds of 0.3 seconds, and the company has been trying to impress upon us the idea that low light photography is a feasible exercise with the One. On the bottom, you get a set of JBL stereo speakers. The OnePlus One comes in two colors — “Sandstone” black (64GB) and “Silk” white (16GB) — though the company is also making what it calls StyleSwap covers available for purchase. These come in different materials, denim, kevlar, wood, and bamboo.

Back_coverSo what’s powering the One and keeping the lights on? The most powerful bin of Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974-AC), clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 3100 mAh cell, that’s what. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Lastly, the OnePlus One is powered by a customized version of CyanogenMod OS (based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat), which has been redesigned with a minimal and completely flat UI.

OnePlus-One-price-and-release-date Unfortunately, there are some not so great news, too. At least for the time being, you’ll only be able to place an order for the OnePlus One once you receive an invitation either directly from the company, a friend, or by winning one of the several contests that OnePlus is already planning on their forum site.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini