OnePlus finally unveils the ‘Flagship Killer’ OnePlus One smartphone

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A few days back we did a ‘Rumor Wrap-up’ to keep you guys and gals up to date and finalize the rumors and hype surrounding the OnePlus One. In the wee hours of the morning, the company finally pulled back the curtain on the mysterious device and they still had a couple of surprises in store…

The specs were just what we expected, so there were no last minute changes or components being swapped out. Here’s what you can expect…

  • 5.5-inch JDI display 1920 x 1080 with 401ppi
  • Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor
  • Adreno 330
  • 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB or 64GB of storage
  • 13MP Sony Exmor IMX 214 front camera
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 4K video recording – SloMo 720p at 120fps
  • 3100mAh battery (fixed)
  • 152 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
  • 5.71 ounces
  • CyanogenMod 11S

The OnePlus One has all the usual bells & whistles you’d expect from a ‘Flagship Killer’ although it’s missing a microSD slot and a few other things like Quick Charge 2.0. The fixed battery is really the only sore spot for us as the OnePlus One doesn’t have wireless charging which is something you want to have when you can swap out batteries. OnePlus One

As for the design, it’s sleek and about what we expected based on the leaked renders. It definitely resembles the Oppo Find 5, but that’s not a bad thing as Oppo cranks out some sexy devices. The One will be available in “Sandstone Black” or Silk White” although you can swap those back plates out with a StyleSwap cover if you dig wood grain, denim or another texture.

As mentioned, the OnePlus One will run a custom version of Android with CyanogenMod 11S which is based on Android KitKat 4.4. If you’re not a fan of that ROM have no fear as the One is designed to be an ‘open’ device so you can run another custom ROM if you choose. Needless to say, you don’t have to worry about a voided warranty.

Now for the part you’ve been waiting for – the price. The OnePlus One is much cheaper than we first expected as you’ll be able to pick up the 16GB for $299 while the 64GB variant will only set you back $349. Let that sink in for a minute. You’re getting an unlocked GSM smartphone with damn near the exact same specs (or better) than the flagships from Sony, Samsung, and HTC on contract. Excited?oneplus one smartphone

The OnePlus One is scheduled to roll out in the UK, US, Canada, and a slew of other regions in sometime in May, and you can expect availability to be limited at first. In the UK, the phone will sell for £229 and £269 for the 16GB and 64GB model respectively.

If you don’t want to spend the cash, the company is running a “Smash your Phone” promotion starting April 25th that will give 100 people the OnePlus One for $1 if they smash their current phone. Hit up the link below to get more info on the OnePlus One.

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Adam is a tech aficionado and Android enthusiast. When he's not checking out new tech, you can find him playing poker or binge-watching shows on Netflix.