Over the past few years Google have been well known for releasing high-end Nexus smartphones at pretty affordable prices, The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 both come with pretty impressive spec sheets and equally impressive prices, but there’s a new competitor on the market, OnePlus, who have finally launched their oft talked about OnePlus One, an ultra thin, impressively priced, Cyanogen powerhouse.
I’ve been seeing the name OnePlus pop-up all over the internet over the past few months, articles containing rumour and speculation as to what the OnePlus One would actually look like, what specs it’ll hold, and how much it’ll cost. Finally, OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus One and it’s an Android Fans wet dream.
The OnePlus One is the first phone from OnePlus, a company founded by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, and it comes with an impressive array of specifications. It’s home to a whopping 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor accompanied by 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel f/2 camera, and bottom-facing stereo speakers similar to the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5, which have been designed with assistance from JBL. As for operating system it runs a minimalist version of Cyanogen, a modified version of Android that’s becoming less of a mod and more of an OS in its own right.
The device is also super light and pretty thin around the edges. Built out of magnesium it weighs only 162g with a thickness of 8.9mm which tapers down to just 4.6mm around the edges.
The OnePlus One also comes with a variety of different back plates which also vary in material too. The standard OnePlus One back cover comes in a cashew finish which can be swapped out with back plates made from wood, kevlar, denim, and bamboo – it really seems that OnePlus has taken everything great from the Nexus 5 and the Moto X and thrown it into the One.
In terms of pricing and availability, this is the best part. The OnePlus One will be sold in the US, Canada, and the UK as well as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and several European countries. As for pricing, the OnePlus One will cost just $299 (£177) for an unlocked Silk White 16GB version, or for an unlocked Sandstone Black 64GB model you’ll be looking to pay $349 (£207).
There’s just one tiny little detail. OnePlus is a relatively small company and they only have a small manufacturing budget meaning that there’s a limited run of handsets currently available so in order to get one, you’ll have to be “invited” to buy one. OnePlus has said that it’ll send out invite codes via social media and those who manage to get an invite and purchase the device will be able to invite others.
OnePlus are also offering the chance to get a OnePlus One for just $1! How? Just by smashing up your current smartphone to earn yourself an invite. OnePlus has set aside 100 One’s for this particular campaign which invites brave (or desperate) individuals to smash up their phone or “smash the past” as they’ve titled it, to earn an invite to get the device for as little as $1, they’ll then get an invite to pass on to others (full price invites). If you’re feeling crazy enough this incentive starts on April 25th so you’ve only got a few days to make the decision.