OnePlus One – the Phone of Dreams
OnePlus One, the smartphone which sells with the slogan, “2014 Flagship Killer, Never Settle.” Frankly speaking, this is perhaps the cheesiest slogan out there, but considering what the OnePlus One packs in, it doesn’t look all so wrong either. The phone from the Chinese manufacturer isn’t anything new, but that doesn’t mean it’s still not hot. If you haven’t yet had the time to grasp on this beast of a phone, make some, as we’re going to walk you through the intricacies of the OnePlus One.
Before we go all guns ablaze discussing the OnePlus One, it’s important to first get a gist of the Chinese manufacturer behind the legend. With its headquarters in Shenzen, China, OnePlus is right amidst the high-tech scene of China. Founded in December 2013, OnePlus is literally in its infancy, and multiple times younger than competing Chinese players like Oppo and Xiaomi. In fact, the company was founded by one of Oppo’s Vice President, one Pete Lau.
Unsurprisingly, not much information is available about the company or its financial details in the public domain. According to the company website, OnePlus is a “technology startup,” and so it seems by the look of a bunch of 20-something year olds pictured below. The “startup” character continues to show by the company’s portfolio of only the OnePlus One and a couple of its accessories. One thing “not so startup” about OnePlus, however, is the fact that it’s a wholly owned subsidiary of Oppo Electronics, a major electronics company in the China that has been around since 10 years now. While OnePlus is 100% owned by Oppo, Oppo states that the former is run completely independently.
About OnePlus One
OnePlus One is the sole product of OnePlus (apart from its accessories), a company still in its infancy. However, if we were to look at the phone in isolation of this fact, one cannot even fathom the young age of its maker. The OnePlus One is an absolute stunning beast of a smartphone with specs good enough to literally put any phone on the market to shame.
Apart from the LG G3, there isn’t a single phone from any mainstream manufacturer out there, which can manage to top the hardware on the OnePlus One. The build quality is solid and unique, and so are a lot of the phone’s other features. Undoubtedly enough, the phone is a true flagship material; just a LOT cheaper. Unlike most flagships that settle somewhere around the $600 neighborhood, the OnePlus One can be gotten for as little as $299 for the 16GB Silk White variant and $349 for the 64GB Sandstone Black variant. The phone truly justifies the title bestowed upon it in course of a review in the TIME magazine, the “Phone of Dreams”.
Now, here’s the bad side of the coin, the phone isn’t yet available for public sale, and can only be bought if one has an invite for the same. As you probably guessed, these invites are tougher to get than a reservation at that fancy restaurant in that fancy neighborhood. An illustration of the same is the instance from Friday, when a whole of 20,000 invites were grabbed in just a few minutes. According to OnePlus, an official public launch – one where no invites will be needed – is just around the corner. Of course, we wouldn’t take it to mean that everybody who wants it will get it, for the demand of the OnePlus One will most certainly outweigh the supply by several times.
The Phone of Dreams
We so very agree with the TIME magazine’s title of the “Phone of Dreams” for the OnePlus One. The device features a 5.5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 13MP rear shooter with a Sony sensor and 6 lenses, a 5MP front shooter, a 3100 mAH LiPo battery; all packed in a sleek 8.9mm case. Powering the device is the industry-topping Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB of RAM.
The phone runs on CyanogenMod 11S, based on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat, currently upgradable to Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTR. The software allows for some of the most amazing themes and customisation options Android users can get, and unlike CynogenMod on other devices, this one doesn’t require a lot of playing around. With these specs in mind – second only to the LG G3 – the OnePlus One is a sureshot flagship. What’s “not so flagship” about the phone is its price, $299 for a 16GB Silk White variant, and $349 for a 64GB Sandstone Black variant.
We hope you liked this feature on the OnePlus One. For a more detailed review of the device from the Chinese startup, read our feature: OnePlus One; the good, the bad.