The OnePlus comes to unseat the Nexus at $299

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Most teach start-ups practically spend several months actively steering hype of their up coming product and when they do finally launch its always crap or unsatisfactory products. Luckily, that’s not the case with OnePlus.

This Chinese-based company has finally unveiled its first smartphone, the One (this is not the HTC One). While the device’s impressive specs have already been listed in detail beforehand, OnePlus will come out as a pretty affordable phone (unsubsidized) at  $299/£229/€269 for the 16GB model, and $349/£269/€299 for the 64GB flavor; both due mid to late May.  This kind of aggressive pricing on high-end smartphones is only comparable to the Google’s devices such as the Nexus 5 which costs $349 for 16GB, $399 for 32GB, a price which is always too good to be true?


Below is the drool worthy spec sheet of this phone:

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  • Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the Snapdragon 801 with a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU
  • Adreno 330 GPU -3GB of RAM.
  • A 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
  • A huge 3,100mAh battery,
  • 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera (Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor with a 6-lens module and dual LED; 4K video; 720p slow-motion at 120 fps)
  • A 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie cam -Loud stereo speakers (tuned by JBL) and tri-microphone with noise cancellation
  • USB 3.0 and Quick Charge 2.0
  • NFC, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 plus GPS radios
  • Supports LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40, as well as WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8. [/signoff]


Just like the Moto X, the OnePlus will came “silk white” and “sandstone black” versions also customized wooden backs will be available.On the software side, the One’s international version is powered by CyanogenMod 11S — the “S” indicating customization for the One Plus — based on Android 4.4; whereas its Chinese counterpart runs on a customized Color OS from Oppo, with the main difference being the icons and some settings. F

CyanogenMod is a simple, slick Android ROM with some nice enhancements and handy customization options.

CyanogenMod alone comes with goodies like SMS encryption, themes, app privacy guard, audio equalizer, file manager, enhanced camera app and more. Definitely with all the hype around this phone it’s obvious  the company wants you to forget all bout the Nexus and think only OnePlus.