For those of you who don’t know, OnePlus is a company founded by a former VP of smartphone maker Oppo. We had been hearing about the rumored OnePlus device for months with some rumors suggesting it would be a top of the line smartphone. Now though, OnePlus themselves have taken the covers off their new smartphone, called the One. And it may prove to be 2014’s flagship killer. Here’s why.
For starters, the OnePlus One features a gigantic 5.5″ IPS screen that’s been made by Japan Display Inc. It’s a full HD panel as well and that gives it a pixel density of 401ppi. But besides that high quality display, this smartphone has some seriously powerful guts. On the inside you’re getting the latest Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, already seen in most of 2014’s flagship smartphones. Coupled with the 3 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM it has this is going to be a very fast smartphone. Thankfully there’s a 3100mAh battery as well and OnePlus say that this smartphone can last for more than a day of use.
On the optics side of things the OnePlus One gets a 13 megapixel camera that has a 6-element lens. It’s a Sony sensor and has a F/2.0 aperture. That looks like a recipe for quality photos and you can already see the results it produces here. Judging from the sample photos, the camera in the OnePlus One is nothing to scoff at. Oh wait, it can shoot 4K video as well! Are the big smartphone companies prepared for this?
With all these impressive hardware specifications, you’d expect that the company might have skipped on the actual design of the device. Well you’d be wrong. The OnePlus One was designed painstakingly using different materials. The designers found stainless steel and aluminum to be too heavy, so they went with a magnesium body. Magnesium is an expensive material so there’s no doubt that the body will be high quality.
All of this is even more amazing once you consider the price the company’s asking for this superphone. At just $299 for the 16GB version and $349 for the 64GB(!) version, the OnePlus One is priced extremely well. With high end specs at a mainstream price, we’re inclined to believe that the OnePlus One will disrupt the smartphone industry this year. We can’t wait to get our hands on the actual phone and see if the spec sheet lives up to the actual experience.