OnePlus One and Cyanogen take on every Android flagship at half the price
What would it take for you to give up your beloved Samsung, HTC, LG, or Google smartphone? What if a company you've probably never heard of promised to deliver the same things those other phones offer, loaded CyanogenMod onto it, and upgraded the design materials to create a phone capable of competing with those devices. If that interests you, pay attention to the OnePlus One, a new smartphone that costs half as much as the flagships of other companies.
The OnePlus One is missing a couple of next generation things like Quick Charge and USB 3.0, as well as the trusty old micro SD, but it otherwise has everything else you might need. The phone runs a customized version of CyanogenMod called CM11S that's based on Android 4.4 and has always-on wake commands and voice search, themes, and deep privacy settings.
The One costs $299 (269 euros) for a 16GB model and $349 (299 euros) for the 64GB model. You'll have to jump through hoops to find a way to purchase one, sadly. Take a look at the specs below and see if it's worth it.
- Dimensions 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
- Weight: 162g (5.71 ounces)
- 2.5 GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801)
- Adreno 330 GPU, 578 MHz
- 3GB RAM, 16/64 GB internal storage
- 5.5-inch IPS display w/ Gorilla Glass 3
- 1080p HD resolution (401 PPI)
- 13-megapixel camera with 6 lenses, f/2.0 aperture, Dual LED flash, and 4K video recording
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
- LTE: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
- Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4/5G 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Stereo speakers, tri-microphone for noise cancellation