OnePlus — maker of the CyanogenMod-based "OnePlus One" smartphone that promises that it (and therefore you) should "never settle" — today continued its long, slow tease of its upcoming Android smartphone. The latest feature is the battery, which we now know will be a 3,100 mAh fixed cell. As in not removable.
The battery was another big decision for us. Our foremost concern was implementing a battery that would last long enough for a full day of normal, daily tasks without users having to worry about lowering the brightness, closing all their apps, or disabling Bluetooth or data services.
We also wanted the battery to fit in a slim, compact body that is easy to hold, operate and carry around.
With these two goals in mind, we ultimately decided on a 3100 mAh non-removable battery for the OnePlus One.
The decision was clear for us. A removable battery would have meant adding a protective layer to the motherboard as well as extra circuitry, resulting in a smaller battery (2500mAh, 20% less battery juice!) or a significantly thicker phone.
With our configuration, the battery will last long enough to get even the most active users through an entire day of use without adding bulk to the overall build and design.
OnePlus previously announced that it'll be using a Snapdragon 800 processor, same as a number of other phones. And now it'll have a non-removable battery. Same as any number of other phones. So you won't have to settle for being able to swap out for a fresh battery, if that's what you prefer.
OnePlus is also teasing some sort of "mystery tech" to "enhance and boost the user experience." So there's that.