If you’ve been on the look out for a new phone but don’t want to pay that £600+ price tag or tie yourself into a new £40-50 a month contract for another 24 months then I may just have what you’re looking for.
Introducing the OnePlus One, nicknamed the Flagship Killer by its creators is edging its way into the smartphone A list with flagship specs at a price tag that won’t break the bank.
OnePlus is a company created by former Oppo Vice President Pete Lau at the end of 2013. His main goal was to create a smartphone that could rival some the smartphones on the market today while keeping the cost at a bare minimum, and I think he’s done just that with the One.
The first thing to strike me when I started to unpack the One was the effort that has gone into the packaging of this device. It’s a real pleasure unpacking the phone as it is using it. The One doesn’t come with a British plug, instead when you put your order in, they give you the option of grabbing yourself an EU to UK adapter. There are plans to start producing an European version which should bring with it a UK plug., Well we hope so.
The phone itself has been designed with just as much thought and care as the packaging has, with a soft/rough touch back, lowered power button and volume rocker which makes them much easier to get to with the massive 5.5” screen. The screen itself has been designed so that it looks like it has just been laid onto the phone body with slightly raised edges and small indents running along the top and bottom. The pictures below will show this off more. At the top of the screen there is a front facing camera, led notification light and speaker. The main camera is positioned top centre on the back with a branding logo just below it and phone and company info at the bottom.
The phone is running the CyanogenMOD 11S which has been built specifically for the One based off the Custom CyanogenMOD ROM which has been the ROM of choice for many Android users. More information on CM 11S can be found here.
Specifications for the One are the most important part of this review. I feel that it can rival the likes of Samsung, LG, Motorola and even the low priced Nexus line.
Processor: Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 801
Graphics: Adreno 330
Ram: 3GB DDR3
Camera: 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214 camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 5 megapixel front facing camera
Battery: 3100 mAh
Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fi 2.4/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth
4.0, Miracast (Wi-Fi Display), USB OTG
If you are now interested in the OnePlus One please check out my month in update on the One.