OnePlus One

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phonegain-OnePlus-1

   First off, if you’ve got no idea what I’m writing about, I assure I’m not pulling your leg or making fun of your math skills. OnePlus One is a rather powerful phone released in 2014 by OnePlus, which is a company founded in 2013 by the former vice-president of Chinese company Oppo, whom apparently left with a bit of a grudge, if you look at the acronym of the phone’s name. But as interesting as that story might be, the OnePlus One has a lot more to say. It was marketed as flagship killer, a high-end phone at a far too affordable price to let the big shots go unscathed. And, while opinions waver, those were no shallow words, considering it cost 300$ at launch. Again, I’m being serious about this. The whole concept of the phone was to challenge the smartphone market monopoly, and if possible, tear it down. Also, the phone is sold through invitations. Again, not a joke, and while it may seem exclusivist and pompous as well as overly-complicated, it’s just a fancy, techy, way to keep the waiting lines less crowded.


The Design

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phonegain-OnePlus-1-details

Design wise, it’s a pretty standard phablet-y android smartphone with a 5.5 inches display. Button placement offers no surprise at all, power on the right, volume control on the left. The buttons are a bit slick, but usable without any frustration. The back of the phone is nicely rounded as are the top and bottom edges of the, making the large phone more comfortable to use with one hand, though you’ll probably use both of them. You have swappable options like a standard glossy plastic, a rougher texturized plastic and even a bamboo cover and other funky ones. Too bad the battery isn’t also swappable. As standard as it is, it’s got its own feeling and doesn’t look at all like a clone or look-alike of any sort.

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   The screen, while big and bright, is the One Plus One’s biggest compromise. But, in all honesty, it’s hard to imagine a rival for AMOLED at what price the phone is going. It’s of good quality without being anything special. The camera is also “normal”, but steadfast at a beefy 13MP.


The Hardware

   If I told you the One Plus One is more powerful and has more battery life than the Samsung Galaxy S5, would you believe me? If not, then let me explain, it has the very same processor and GPU as the S5, but instead of 2Gb of RAM, it sports 3Gb, which is still the flagship norm in mid-2015.

Otherwise, it suffers from the lack of expandable memory and an average internal capacity of only 16 or 32 Gb. An interesting thing is that the phone doesn’t run stock android, but Cyanogen MOD, a streamlined version. There are also ROMs available with Oxygen OS, its successor’s in-house Android OS.


The Conclusion

   Whilst we all know that technology is more expensive than it should be and that we pay for brand names more than for anything else, OnePlus is being an example in its preaching. It’s hard to say what this will accomplish, but it’s an interesting precedent that will have some interesting repercussions, that’s assured.  The phone is very powerful, of high quality with a pleasant design at a pretty unbeatable price. If you can look past the invitation system, it’s nigh perfect for what it wants to be.


Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:

5.5 inches with ~71.9% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution:

1080 x 1920 pixels at ~401 ppi pixel density

Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Custom UI:

CyanogenMod 12 / Oxygen OS ( in developement)

BODY

Size:

152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm (6.02 x 2.99 x 0.35 in)

Weight:

162 g (5.71 oz)

Colors:

Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold, Silver/Rose gold, Gold/Pink

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh

USB:

microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3.0 TV-out), USB Host

SIM Card:

Micro-SIM

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v4.4.2 KitKat, v5.0.2 Lollipop upgrade-able

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

CPU:

Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU:

Adreno 330

MEMORY & STORAGE

Card Slot:

N/A

Internal Storage

16/64 GB

RAM:

3GB

CAMERA

Primary:

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash

Secondary

5 MP, [email protected]

Video:

[email protected], 2160p(DCI)@24fps, [email protected], [email protected], HDR, stereo sound recording

Features:

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR

COMMUNICATIONS

Network:

GSM / HSPA / LTE

WiFi

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth:

v4.1, A2DP

GPS:

A-GPS; GLONASS;

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

N/A

NFC:

Yes

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv

Audio Playing Format

.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac, ac3, ec3, eac3

Video Playing Resolution:

BATTERY

Capacity:

3100

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

Internet Usage Time 3G:

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

Audio Playback Time:

Video Playback Time: