OnePlus One

Slim, light, packed with specs and priced to move

The folks at OnePlus have been building up hype around their first smartphone launch, and today the OnePlus One finally became official. Announced at an event in China, the Magnesium constructed One weighs just 162g, has a recessed bezel round the edges, what it says are "beautiful contours" and a ton of beefy hardware inside.

The price was also built up ahead of launch and OnePlus hasn't disappointed on this front. The 16GB version will be available unlocked and SIM-free for just $299 while the 64GB is an extremely impressive $349. In Europe those prices translate to £229/£269 and €269/€299 which on the face of it alone is extremely good value for the hardware alone. It's set to become available sometime in Q2.

We've been teased over the past few weeks as to what makes the OnePlus One tick, but in case you need a reminder, here's what we're looking at:

  • 2.5GHZ Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD display
  • 16GB/64GB on board storage
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front
  • 3100mAh battery
  • LTE

Additionally we've learned that the phone will be available in black or white and will have a range of customizable textures to choose from, including denim and Kevlar. The OnePlus One is also staking claim to the title of the world's first smartphone with bottom facing stereo speakers. OnePlus had a little help from JBL in making those speakers, so we're looking forward to hearing them.

That 13MP rear camera has a crazy 6 lens arrangement with an f/2.0 aperture, which OnePlus says makes the One take great pictures in low light, as well as being fast and stable.

OS wise we already knew that the OnePlus One would be running Cyanogenmod, and it looks as though the earlier leaks were true. We're looking at a flatter-than-flat UI, with customizable themes – though that's not necessarily news to folks who've dabbled in custom ROMs before.

OnePlus also reiterated the launch markets, and that each of those will be able to purchase the phone in local currency as well as receive support from a dedicated customer service team. Those markets again:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the USA

Check out the full press release and promo video below.

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OnePlus Launches "2014 Flagship Killer", the OnePlus One

OnePlus One Features Snapdragon 801 Processor, 5.5" 1080p Display, 3100mAh battery from $299

April 23, 2014 - Following months of anticipation, OnePlus today revealed their flagship device, the OnePlus One. Embodying the OnePlus motto of 'Never Settle', the OnePlus One boasts industry leading design, superior build quality and top of the line specs at a disruptive price point.

"By paying attention to the smallest details, taking a holistic approach to product design, and working with the best partners such as Cyanogen Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, we have been able to create the greatest day to day user experience in a smartphone without compromise," said Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus.

Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen Inc. echoed Lau's sentiments. "I am incredibly proud of the effort our team has put in to the CyanogenMod build for the OnePlus One. We've brought out the full potential of the hardware and complemented it with innovative new features to give users a fresh new experience and the tools to tailor the One to their personal style," said Kondik. "We will continue to expand this effort to provide a genuinely enjoyable and powerful operating system for the user."

Attention to the Smallest Details The OnePlus One was designed to be beautiful, timeless and comfortable in the hand. Embracing this design language, the One features subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display. Even the smallest details belong uniquely to OnePlus, from the custom cut and engineered PCB boards to the specially designed battery and dyed inner casing. Each component is meticulously aligned and adorned with a OnePlus logo for a gorgeous device inside and out. Measuring only 8.9mm thick, the OnePlus One is ergonomic and easy to grip, with a tapered edge of just 4.6mm.

CyanogenMod Debuting with the One is CyanogenMod 11S, a special release tuned to take advantage of everything the One has to offer. CyanogenMod 11S reveals the first phase of a unique visual experience blending the best of Android with the freedom CyanogenMod is known for. Unlike most OEM skins, there are no limits to customizing your One - mix and match thousands of themes or return to stock with the new theme engine and store.

Advanced Camera and Gallery apps make capturing and viewing memories even more fun. Record your world in perfect detail with 4K video. Then relive it from the cloud in Gallery, organized by your life.

Championing privacy has been a core part of CyanogenMod's purpose. SMS encryption between your One and CyanogenMod or TextSecure-compatible device means chats stay between friends. Privacy Guard keeps nosey apps at bay by helping you control how they use your data.

Fast, Smooth, Powerful The OnePlus One is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with quad-core CPUs at speeds of up to 2.5GHz per core, making it the world's current fastest available processor in a smartphone. Custom Krait CPU architecture, integrated 4G LTE connectivity, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 330 GPU and 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM combine to offer a fluid and lightning quick user experience.

"Today's premium mobile devices are measured by their ability to deliver immersive experiences through high-speed LTE connectivity and advanced multimedia, all without compromising performance or battery life," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "We are proud to have our Snapdragon 801 processor powering the unique OnePlus One to deliver innovative new user experiences to consumers around the globe."

A 3100 mAh battery and energy efficient display work together to power the OnePlus One for more than a full day of use.

Experience More, Capture More The OnePlus One packs a 5.5" 1080p full HD JDI screen. LTPS and TOL (Touch On Lens) technology provide an incredibly sharp picture and make the gorgeous 178 degree vision display significantly more shatterproof.

A Sony Exmor IMX214 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash delivers amazing shots day or night, made more precise and detailed by the 6 physical lenses. Even selfies are more beautiful with a 5 megapixel distortion free front-facing camera and extra wide 80 degree capture angle.

High Quality and Useful Features The OnePlus One is more than just amazing hardware. Uniquely engineered software offers features that you really want and simplifies your user experience without adding extra, unnecessary bloat. Voice command lets you wake the device or you can launch your favorite apps by drawing pre-set gestures on the sleeping screen. Choose between on screen and capacitive navigation buttons to suit your preference.

Pricing and Availability The OnePlus One will initially be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in 16GB Silk White for $299/€269 and in 64GB Sandstone Black for $349/€299.

The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available through the OnePlus Phone Smash, starting April 25th. OnePlus fans can go to to apply to smash their current phone in exchange for a OnePlus One. 100 lucky applicants will get the very first 100 OnePlus Ones for just $1 as well as the ability to invite their friends to buy the OnePlus One.

Basic Parameters Color Silk White/Sandstone Black Dimensions 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm Weight 5.71 ounces (162g) Operating System CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4 CPU Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs GPU Adreno 330, 578MHz RAM 3 GB LP-DDR3 @1866MHz Storage 16/64 GB eMMC 5.0, available capacity varies Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light Battery Capacity Embedded rechargeable 3100 mAh LiPo battery

Display Size 5.5 inch JDI Resolution 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI Type LTPS IPS with TOL Protection Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

Cameras Sensor 13 Megapixel - Sony Exmor IMX 214 Lenses 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration Flash Dual-LED Aperture f/2.0 Front Camera 5 Megapixel - Distortion free Video 4K resolution video with stereo recording Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

Connectivity Frequencies GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8 LTE: Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 NFC 65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support) Positioning Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital Compass

Audio Speakers Built-in Stereo Speakers Microphones Tri-microphone with noise cancellation

Ports, Slots, Buttons and Indicators Ports Data & Charging: Micro USB 2.0 Audio: Jack 3.5mm Buttons Power Button Volume Rockers Capacitive / On-screen buttons SIM 1 slot - Micro SIM Indicators 1 LED notification light (multicolored)

Multimedia Audio supported formats: Playback: MP3, AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC, WAV Recording: AAC, M4A Video supported formats: Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264, RMBB, FLV720P Recording: MP4 Image supported formats: Playback: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP Output: JPEG, RAW

In the Box 1x OnePlus One 1x Wall Charger 1x USB Cable


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OnePlus One finally official, available in Q2 from $299



Yeah, especially at $350 for a 64GB variant.
I don't know how the user experience will be, but this is as close to the 'perfect phone' (spec-wise) as possible.

Not size wise. It's a little taller and a little skinnier than a Note 3. Certainly much larger than the current crop of flagships... N5, One M8, GS5, and LG G2.

It is taller, wider, and heavier than the m8...and one of the main complaints about the m8 is its size.

Size difference between this and the M8 is practically negligable and the M8 has a .5" smaller screen. If the M8 had a 5.5" screen and was the same size, nobody would be complaining.

It's not "negligible." And the M8 is already borderline too big. HTC also never lied about their phone's size.

Less than a 1/4" taller, same weight, with a 1/2" larger screen. That's not negligible? Ok then.

Considering the the main reason the M8 is consider large is its oversized bottom bezel, yes, .25" taller than that is a lot. It's also wider.

You know, this game can go on forever...if the OnePlus isn't too large because it's only .25" taller and wider than the M8, how about a phone that's .25" taller and wider than the OnePlus?

I don't have a problem with the M8's large bottom bezel. After messing with it, I think the bottom bezel makes it easier to use the device one handed. The bottom buttons are easier to access. My only issue with the bottom bezel is that I think it looks like shit.

Sure, this game could go on forever, but this was just a comparison between the M8 and the OnePlus. If it wasn't for the camera, I'd probably own an M8 right now.

And in the comparison between the M8 and OnePlus, the OnePlus is substantially taller and wider, so...

The m8 also has two speakers on the front. If it didn't have two speakers on the front it would be much smaller. Or, alternatively, the screen could easily be half an inch bigger. This is how time and space work.

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So does the OnePlus. Two bottom speakers also need space right? The point is the OnePlus One is the smallest 5.5" device and the M8 is the largest 5.0" device

Have you seen the size comparison on Engadget between the One+ and the M8? They are fairly close in size honestly. It's obviously still a big phone, but if you have used larger phones, it shouldn't be a problem whatsoever.

If it's not a problem whatsoever to be as big as a Note 3, I wonder why they lied and said it was the size of a Z1?

That is one impressive looking device. I'm sure it's gonna be pricey. If I had the extra cash, I'd probably pick one up.

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Sorry for my ignorance but if it's running Cyanogenmod, will you still have access to the Google Play Store and all of Google's services?

Yes. They've already gone through the approval process. It will $300 for the 16 GB and $350 for the 64 GB version.

Does this mean it will have full Google integration? Everything I do on this device will still be fed into making Google Now? That's what I'm looking for. Will there be a GPE?

If it's licensed like they say, then it will have full support for all Google Apps.

Not sure about the GPE, since Cyanogen MOD is already a pretty "light" modification of Android (at least visually). Many of the newer features in Android (like swiping away notifications) actually came from Cyanogen MOD first.

You did not read the article at all, or the article's title for that matter. The price is listed in the title itself.

+1 billion
..wait, is this a phone?
Where am I?

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It wasn't when this was posted. I'm not that daft. They even changed the picture overnight.

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>" I'm sure it's gonna be pricey."

Better stay out of dollar stores; who knows how much that stuff is going to cost?

When this article was posted last night, there was no price listed. Way to make me seem like an idiot, editors.

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Mobile connectivity: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz – WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/8 – LTE bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40

band 4 = 1700mhz

Hugely disappointing. For various reasons I can't/wont be leaving Sprint. But imagine this beast on unlimited data... what could have been...

The size will be an issue for many. It's a Note 3 size phablet. No way you are one handing this thing.

I one-hand my Note 3 just fine. Depends on the size of your hands. Might be a turn off for some, but won't bother others.

Nice looking phone with some pretty interesting Specs. Hoping it'll work on AT&T. Can't wait to see cm 11s on it.

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Are you sure about T-Mobile??? It seems to be missing 1700 and 2100 Mhz... I think this will be like hte unlocked HTC One (2013) it has LTE and 2G but no 3G

Is it going to have on screen buttons? That was the thing that bummed me out on the find 7. Not a big fan of capacitive touch or physical buttons.

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It's going to have both. You can switch between the two through the settings. Turning on the on screen buttons turns off the capacitive buttons.

I think the capacitive buttons and the button placement makes it a really tough buy for me.

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No but what he is saying is that the capacitive buttons will be there, looking at him, mocking, insulting..."why don't you use me" "are those on-screen buttons better than me!" "look at me when I'm talking!"

I don't know, but I am assuming with CyanogenMod installed there is a way to change what each capacitive button does? The menu button is such a pain.

That phone would have been mine if the screen was 5" inch or less! Why making a phone like this almost as big as a galaxy note?

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Agreed. The thing will be massive especially with the capacitive buttons. It looks like it will be unusable with only one hand

Yeah, and that is gonna be a deal breaker for me! I want a phone, not a TV! Lol

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Actually, it's taller, wider, and heavier than the M8...and taller than the Note 3. A large battery is standard for a phablet. It's only special when they put a large battery in smaller phones like the recent Motorola Droids and the LG G2.

Yeah its actually taller, but the weight distribution makes it very nimble in the hands.

Yes. They allowed us some hands on time after presentation.
I'm not a phablet user and the note 3 didn't work too well with me. But this phone felt better to use with one hand compared to the note 3. That's what I would describe as "nimble". It's still tall and big lol, but easier to move around in the hands to say reach the notification bar etc.
Hmm.. you'll really have to hold it to know what I mean. Maybe some reviewers can give their opinion about it.

WCDMA is UMTS aka the 3G standard GSM networks use. It is not the same was CDMA2000, the standard Verizon uses. So it will not be compatible with Verizon or Sprint.

You will be getting screwed forever until they get rid of useless CDMA. May be they wont since they want to control what devices they sell you and put their ugly logos.

"A phone with out compromise" Has capacitive buttons, one of which is a menu button.... and the back button to the right of the home button.

that's good but I still don't know why they'd include a menu button instead of multitasking.
and back on the right hand side has always seeemed backwards to me.

Why would you WANT to give up screen real estate for buttons? I really LIKE the separate buttons on my S4 not cluttering up the screen.

Back button on the right sucks on the Galaxy S5 which has a smaller display than this so...yeah. Right with you on that one.

Customizable softkeys are ideal. But having the back button on the right is better for right-handed people. I use the back button more than any other, so it makes sense to have it near my thumb. I hate reaching over to use a left back button.

You can make the menu button function as a multitask button in the CyanogenMod settings

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Samsung is on the left and they're one of the most popular manufacturers. So, they most likely were thinking there's a large market used to it being on the left.

I actually prefer a back button to the right. It's a frequently used button, and it's easier to get at in that spot, instead of stretching your thumb across the device.

Yup, especially since this phone is wider, for right handed operation, reaching the back button on the right will be much easier - such as, for example, when I only have my right hand free while driving in case I no longer need and want to turn off navigation.

This could have been a great phone... No microSD or replaceable battery. Same "unibody" "design" BS. If only some some other company than samsung would realize it so that we would have competition.

Yes, there's no expandable storage, but they're not horribly overcharging for lots of internal storage anyway a la Apple. At $299 off contract for a 16 GB model, which, mind you, is the same as the iPhone 5S 32 GB on contract. With lots of internal storage, and $349 for a 64 GB model, there isn't as much need for an SD card.
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I beg to differ. 64 GB these days is not that much, considering the high resolution camera and video recording and capability of this device. especially when they are trying to market this phone as the best thing out there, it sure has a lot of drawbacks. you can't make one blanket term saying that 64 GB is enough memory. The fact is, there are all kinds of people in this world and all kinds of users, that's what this phone is made for. Flexibility and usability. Meaning, having an SD card slot on the side like the m8 would have been a great idea. why I have a smartphone these days with such computing power and screen real estate and resolution without having stereo front facing speakers? the phone looks gorgeous, but there's not much reason here to switch from an HTC One. front facing speakers should be standard these days.

I don't care about external SD cards, and I only care moderately about removable battery. But having a removable back WITHOUT a removable battery is dumb.

N5 is just a single speaker, and it's very easily covered with your hand while holding it in landscape mode (which can make gaming a bit of a pain).

No. One is a speaker, the other is a microphone. Having two opening does not automatically equal stereo sound.

I didn't say that. It clearly separates into separate left and right tracks. Covering one side covers that side's track. I've tested it.

Nope. I played a track (which I recorded) that had certain things panned left and right. Covering the left side made the left track disappear and the same for the right. Whether some forum says so or not, I've personally tested it and they are stereo tracks. Why would Settings have an option to switch to mono audio if it wasn't stereo to begin with? Whether it's two speakers or not, the iPhone is doing stereo.

Lol. I linked to that post because they had the actual diagram from Apple showing that only one side was a speaker. You're welcome to believe whatever you like, but it's physically impossible for a device to play stereo sound out of just one speaker.

Not really, but you can believe what you want. I know what I hear and I hear a stereo track coming out of my iPhone.

IPhone has 2 openings but one speaker inside. The only difference compared to n5 and g2 is that the sound comes out of the both holes.

VZW Moto X

Left and right tracks make it stereo. I know because I've actually listened to music that's panned left and right on my iPhone. Covering the left hole blocks the left track and same for the right side.

I didn't get that impression. If you cover one side it gets completely muted, while covering the other side would still get some sound out. That means they used a single driver with an echo chamber shifting the sound to the other hole.

VZW Moto X

They should make a mini version (5") with the only compromise being battery. I'd say 2800mah?

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I would buy that in a second. I have an N5, and I do not want a phone with a larger screen than that. A little smaller would be ideal, actually.

+1 I have a Droid DNA and sometimes I think it's too big. I think a 5.5 inch screen would be a little cumbersome for me.

Just shows that the extra price for Samsung, Sony, Lg, Htc is for brand £269 for the 64gb version wow that is good pricing for those specs :-)

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This company is just selling a phone at cost in order to get some brand recognition. I don't think they will continue to do so for future models unless they are running a non-profit organization.

Part of the issue (so I've read) is that the pricing is set in many ways by the carriers.

Remember all the brouhaha about the MotoX being $600? I was reading somewhere that Motorola basically *had* to price it that much or the carriers wouldn't take it seriously as a "top-of-the-line" device.

A big part of the reason Google (and now One Plus) can sell these so cheap is that they aren't carrier branded at all.

that's everything, in the world, ever. Its called marketing and price point. which is why this promo video goes to great links to display the device as premium and artsy and exclusive. The Moto X is now $350, & I work at an AT&T store. People don't even look at the phone because of the price. They think it is a cheapy because it's small and half the price of the new phones. It just simply comes off as a budget phone. & I have to explain to them how its a great phone! that doesn't necessarily mean it's the carriers faults. Phone manufacturers understand marketing and price point.

No carriers are carrying it officially, initially you have to have an invite to purchase the device direct from One Plus....hoping I get an invite as I've been wanting this phone for a while now.

You actually have to both get an invite AND participate in their marketing campaign by taking a video of yourself smashing your old phone.

No. If you have an invite you can buy the phone. They are going to randomly select 100 people to smash their old phone and get the OnePlus One for like $1.

Why do you hate this phone so much that you felt the need to comment on the article so much?

Currently the only identified way to get it is to put your email address in on the "smash" page, or get invited by one of the 100 people who are participating in the gross "smash your phone" marketing campaign.

My reasons for "hating" this company:

-They LIED about the size of the phone, which was a big reason I and many others got interested
-Their marketing got increasingly absurd
-They gratuitously taunted all competitors
-They announced that you have to be "invited" to buy their product (ie, forced to participate in infantile and mildly insulting viral marketing)
-They were incredibly arrogant throughout the process WHILE being secretive
-They quoted Gandhi about themselves (I'm not kidding)
-They banned me from their forums

The first one - their dishonesty - is enough of a reason.

Who cares if they quoted Gandhi about themselves?

So you really think they are only going to invite 100 people to buy it and that there won't be any other way to get an invite? There is still a month till it launches.

I agree with you that they should not have lied about the phone's size, but I don't think its as earth shattering a lie as you seem to think it is.

Absurd, viral marketing works. Welcome to 2014. Absurd, viral marketing campaigns are what got Samsung where they are today.

I'm sure they are the first company in the world to be both arrogant and secrative. I mean, Samsung never mocked their competitors and neither has HTC. Oh, wait...

I'm honestly not surprised you got banned from their forums. If I ran a company and someone was ranting against my company non-stop, I'd probably ban them too.

I care about their overall arrogance, which was accompanied by simultaneous dishonesty. The Gandhi quote is just one part of that.

I honestly don't how else one might get an "invite," since they haven't said.

I suppose nothing about a gadget is "earth shattering," but if we start with the assumption that we care about this stuff, their dishonesty sucks. And they were dishonest about a key aspect of the phone, which was one of the main things that got people excited.

Regarding viral marketing - Samsung's behavior is nowhere near as unprofessional as OnePlus's. And I actually find Samsung annoying.

And actually, they are pretty much the only company to say things like "better than everything industrial design" before even showing what their design looks like.

I was posting on their forums because I was genuinely excited about the possibility of buying their product. Went sour.

HTC and Nokia have both done the exact sort of bragging before showing their products off. HTC as recently as February of this year.

What did HTC say? HTC, though, had already released phones that had been widely praised for their industrial design.

They said SGS5 owners would have buyer's remorse on March 2x (whatever day the M8 announcement was) right before the Samsung press event at mobile world congress in february. They were bragging that their device would be better than the GS5 before either company had announced their devices.

Okay, but OnePlus went too far with it, especially for a company that had never released a product...and the fact that they were lying about their product at the same time makes their marketing that much more annoying.

Seems like a great product at a great price. Try using all that energy to hate ummm say killers and mean people or something?

as said before. ..invites are only in the beginning (also separate from the smash the past campaign), q3 it can be ordered normally online

Why do you want those useless people to be involved. Unlocked, GSM is awesome.
Too bad if you are stuck on Verizon and Sprint CDMA crap.

That is a sexy beast. With more and more genuinely impressive devices coming out at the sub-$400 price point, I can actually foresee the day that I step away from the Nexus line.

+2....really impressive specs for the price point. I would learn to live with the phablet size for those specs @ $350. Talk about living up to the hype! Who knows this may even impress Google enough to offer them a Nexus contract (if it continues as we know it). Both companies obviously see eye to eye in offering a premium device, which is extremely open and customizable, for an incredibly low price point AND out of carriers' claws.

All they have done is hype. They led everyone to believe it would be Z1-sized, which was a lie. They are making the phone available to 100 people who have to take a video of themselves smashing their old phone in order to get it. Everyone else waits for an invitation to buy their product. As far as I can tell they haven't distributed review copies. They are unprofessional.

You know the "invite" thing is just an over-hyped pre-order system, right? I'm pretty sure that, once these things really go on sale, they're not going to say "No, we don't want your money unless we've sent you an invite."

Ok, a general, and I emphasize GENERAL, ballpark is what they gave on the size. It turned out bigger when they were done. It happens all the time, but it is not dishonesty. You need to calm down and take your blood pressure meds and lay off the caffeine for a few days. Maybe take up some meditation, or something.

this is reall news i hope they dont up prices once they have got the feet under the table...

from my old note3 which i had to sell my soul for;)

Will CM update this device for years to come or will it drop support like other OEM. I used CM on many phones and i know they update devices way past official but I had to ask.

CM has a great track record of speedy releases, but we'll have to see if that holds up now that they're a "real" company. I have high hopes.

I'm definitely going to pick one up to try out at the least maybe it will push the big oem's to drop the price a bit and also push 64gb models to become the norm. Could just be wishful thinking but you never know.

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That would be nice, but the fact that they are doing a very limited production run with a gimmicky distribution system makes that less likely. By the time they're actually letting lots of people just go online and buy it, there will be new things on the market or close on the horizon, like the Nexus 6, Mi3s, LG G3, etc. Also doesn't help that they decided to make a large phablet.

The reason they're doing this distribution model is because they will be destroyed if they produce too many devices and no one buys them. And there's always going to be a new phone on the horizon. By the time the G3 comes out, the Note 4 and Nexus 6 will be on their way. When those devices come out, the S6 and M9 will be ramping up. That's true of any Android phone you buy, not just the OnePlus One.

Not wanting to manufacture too many phones doesn't necessitate an "invitation system." They could do preorders. The invitations system is just a way of forcing people to play their marketing game.

I bring up upcoming devices because OnePlus is choosing not to make their phone widely available for several months. That's their own words. They said "In the coming months..."

It doesn't necessitate the invitation system, but the invitations let them control both supply and demand. The same that Google did this year for I/O tickets.

Again, the G3 and Moto X2 also won't be available for a couple months. May is technically a "coming month", and it's only a week away. Did you yell this loud after Samsung announced their release date for the S5? It was available a little over 2 months after the announcement, and the world continues spinning.

Maybe not to you. They see it as something beneficial to their business. And let's be frank, it is THEIR business and their decisions which will enable the company to float or sink. Regardless, it does not warrant a one boy jihad against them on the forums, just because you're disappointed with their offering, or the way they choose to introduce it to the world. It's really quite immature. There are literally hundreds of other phones in the world you can choose from if you don't like theirs, so maybe go pick out one of those. It's what I've done - I personally like the specs, but the phone itself is too large for my tastes, and there are other reasons I don't feel the desire for one. Doesn't mean I need to throw some hysterical temper tantrum about it in some misguided attempt to undermine their business. The phone disappoints you. We get it. Deal.

You absolutely correct about the invitation system, as I said above. That said, as a small "start up" manufacturer, they're trying to control inventory demand and build hype early in production. The invitation system, while I agree with you that it can have some negative connotations, does accomplish both of these things.

It's likely to keep the price point down. Pixel density costs money and a 5.5" 1080p screen is cheaper than a 5" one.

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This is an extremely competitive offering. Although I will pass - capacitive buttons and.. not available in my country - I do hope that other manufacturers take notice of this device.

Why do you hate this phone? Why is it a bad option to let the user decide whether they want on screen keys or capacitive? The phones been announced for less than 12 hours, and you're on a crusade to make as many negative comments as you can.

In answer to "why do you hate this phone" - because they are liars, and they were arrogantly thumping their chests at the same time they were lying.

As for the buttons - it's a "bad option" because the point of softkeys is to remove the need for hard keys. This is just a phone with hard keys, take it or leave it. There's no reason to activate the soft keys when the hardware has buttons built in.

Why complain here? If you truly don't like the product, vote with your wallet and don't buy it. This bickering is pointless, though. There are people here that want to buy it. Let those people decide if it's for them or not.

Why should anyone post anything here at all? We post because it's a topic of interest to us, in one way or another.

No it's a topic of interest to the other posters. You are picking apart pieces of the announcement, then filling them with misguided complaints.

And again, it doesn't matter about the "need" for on screen buttons. OnePlus knows that different users will have different preferences, and they (or Cyanogen, more accurately) are accomodating the different preferences.

Frankly, your focus on me as individual is bizarre. I'm discussing the product and company the article is about. If you feel as if I'm criticizing too many different things, just focus on the main one: they lied about a significant aspect of their product in order to generate interest.

I don't think he particularly complained. I mentioned I don't like capacitive buttons, you mentioned they can be deactivated, and he said that it's a bad idea. Just a personal opinion about how they implemented things. I also don't want to have hardware buttons, especially if I'm going to use the on-screen ones. But I do get you were just trying to be informative with respect to my first message.

Unless, of course, you prefer on-screen keys. Consumer choice is a good thing.

Sounds to me like they're trying to live up to their "never settle" moniker.

Never settle? Looks like they did settle. Where's the SD card slot and removable battery? Where's the manageable 4.3-4.8" screen sweet spot? It's cool though as I am willing to settle alongside with them and accept what they've been able to accomplish here. They've shown that Google wasn't really doing anyone a favor with the Nexus pricing and that Samsung, HTC, Apple and the other bigger brands are all price douche bags. This phone is insane. Absolutely gorgeous! This is a worthy replacement for its namesake, my trusty HTC ONE (M7). Oh and it runs CM? That alone is priceless. I.Love.Cyanogenmod!

If the keyword here is "lie" then I suggest you smash (sounds familiar) whatever brand of phone you're using to type your comments as they are ALL guilty of some form of lie. Samsung is still denying copying Apple, HTC still lying that removing OIS from the M8's camera won't be noticeable, Apple lied when they said that 4" was the best screen size and that they won't increase theirs (we'll see).

Nonsense, this company said basically, "we are fitting a 5.5" phone into the frame of a 5" phone, and here's proof." My last two phones are the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD and the LG G2. Point me to a blantant lie on that level that these companies made about either of these phones.

Dude. Seriously. Let it go. You act like no phone has ever deviated from the "rumored" specs before.

We have no idea how what kind of per-device profit OnePlus is making on this device, though. They could very well be pricing it far below what's necessary to turn a decent profit as a means of getting the brand out there. If this device actually sells, which remains to be seen, it'll be interesting to see how sustainable their pricing model is a few years down the line.

Once again, not enough research....Just saying "LTE support" isn't enough these should know this!!

Since the author was too damn lazy to look it up (I'm starting to notice a trend here), here's the supported bands, for those interested:
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz – WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/8 – LTE bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
(thanks, android police, for providing ACCURATE, INFORMED INFORMATION!!!)

No, it's just sad that you get paid to do this, and for the second time, I have to do your job for about being pathetic at your job! I find that more sad than aggravating. How about actually putting some effort forth? If I were as lazy as you are at researching at my job I'd be fired in a heartbeat. Think about that next time you write an article with shit as lazy as "LTE support" in the spec list....FFS, this is a tech site!!! I think we can all handle figuring out what bands our network supports to know if this device will be compatible.

Why, so I can help Phil write 18,000 HTC One articles? I'd prefer working for a website that actually posts accurate news, thanks. I don't carry the weight of lazy bloggers.

"I'd prefer working for a website that actually posts accurate news, thanks."

Then why are you even here?

This post was continuously edited over the course of about half an hour as the information was coming out of the event. And then again when we received official word and press releases from OnePlus. But that doesn't matter, does it. Clearly.

Well that's just "lazy". Man as a tech writer I expect you to know stuff before it's announced ! Anyhoo, no band 20 LTE, that'll restrict a lot of people in the UK, no ?

Should be OK on EE and Three as they also have Band 3 (1800) LTE. O2 customers are probably screwed and I don't know enough about Vodafone.

Who ever said anyone should know anything before it's announced? I do think, though, that if very other website has the info there is no reason AC can't get their hands on it. Hell, spending 2 seconds visiting the android police article would have yielded the info...that's where I got it from!! It's also available on engadget and the verge...both which are used as sources here on a regular basis.

BTW...see how the information I provided is more useful than writing "LTE" Richard? Live, Learn, and Perfect!!

lightyear420, it's here now, relax. Much like any "news" organisation they don't all "break" stuff as it happens at the same time. Let's get some perspective here, it's a phone ! It might be a good phone but it aint gonna change your life (at least it shouldn't) and in this great world of choice that we have if you don't like the style or timeliness of the reporting there are alternatives if you need that info a minute earlier.

Sorry for the correction but Richard is a tech journalist, not a tech writer. A tech writer develops operator and maintenance service publications for consumer products such as mechanical equipment, appliances and vehicles. We tech writers get our feathers a little ruffled when our title is misused, lol.

never like Chinese brand but damn... this one is UNresistable. This will be a huge success for them, mainly because of that crazy price.

Hard to see it becoming a "huge success" when they are asking people to wait for an invitation to buy a phone that they will never get to see or handle in person before purchase. I wonder when review copies will go out.

The video shows the phone getting "rained" on. Was that just for effect or will this be something that would survive after a quick dunk in water?

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Well, they actually seem to have lived up to the hype. And they've managed to make the Nexus 5 look over priced. My only reservation is camera quality. If reviews show that to be good, I'll probably buy one.

So, anyone want to buy an LG G2 for $350?

Lying about your product is the exact opposite of living up to the hype.

Your LG G2 is likely a better product than this. 5.2" screen and a smaller device all around.

Ya, I really don't care that it isn't as small as they said it would be. The day I find a company that is 100% honest about their products, I'll probably die from shock.

Anyway, I have a Note 3 and a G2 and I use the Note 3 more because I like the larger screen. I'm still not a big TouchWiz fan though. This phone seems to sit right between them in screen size and has better hardware specs than either of them.

The day you find a company that is 100% honest? How about not straight-up lying in order to generate publicity?

"So, why not fit a 5.5” screen into a 5.0” handset? After a lot of trial and error, our engineers figured it out. Need proof? Believe it or not, there’s a OnePlus One under that Sony Xperia Z1, a 5” screen phone that many people have said great things about."

A LOT of the interest came from that statement. Mine sure did.

Didn't realize only people buying the phone can comment.

Other than lying about the factor that got lots of people interested in it...

And not actually selling it to the general public...

Obviously anyone can comment on any article they want. I just don't understand why you are putting so much time into commenting on an article if you aren't going to get one because of its size. One or two, heck even three comments I could understand

I have an obsessive personality. Why are you putting so much time into telling me I'm putting too much time into it?

Because you sound like a whiny little brat and you're annoying the adults?! It's a very impressive device (on paper) at an incredible price point. Deal with it and hope they're successful so they can built a smaller device to fit your needs better in the future.

You don't sound very much at all like an adult.

And on that note, the entire "invitation" thing makes it difficult for people to act like adults while buying this product. It's a childish game.

As for "hope they're successful"...I don't. I think they're dishonest and arrogant.

By the way, I hope people realize it's highly likely some of the posters here are plants by the company. It's just the sort of thing they'd do.

If you think someone is a plant by the company, you can click their name and see their AC post history. Should be pretty easy to find the plants. The invitation thing, while a bit annoying, isn't this abhorent childish game you're making it out to be. Its a valid stragtegy that has been used by many companies, including Google. Man, if you want dishonest, arrogant companies to fail, we aren't going to have a whole lot of choice left in any product category, let alone smartphones. The product is announced. Judge it based on what it is, not on what they said it would be.

You are the only one in this thread that sounds childish.

That's a good point about identifying plants. I'm just suspicious because this company obviously has a very high opinion of their own cleverness and is demonstrated to be dishonest.

As for're wrong. The company lied about their product and is now attempting to sell it using a juvenile invitation-based marketing scheme. Attacking me for criticizing this is what's childish.

Wow, you're not only being an idiot, but now, also very paranoid. You're on a slippery slope, my friend, making accusations with no proof.

You're someone who previously criticized me for posting too many posts have you made now?

I criticized you for posting so much on an article about a product you do not like. I don't understand why you would devote this much time to something you don't like. I am considering getting the phone, which is why I am discussing it.

So the comments section of this article should be for future OnePlus customers to pat each other one the back?

You can't face the fact that people are going to purchase a product that you don't approve of. Deal with it.

I'm not even sure what it would mean to "face the fact." Are you having trouble facing the fact that I have opinions about this which I feel like expressing?

By all means, complain. You have the right to. I'm just saying it's pointless. I'm going to buy one just to piss you off, lol.

Maybe you should smash your old phone and post it on youtube. Oh yeah, that would super-duper bother me and show your dedication at the same time!

No, it is reasonable to read the article and post a couple negative comments if you don't like the product and/or company. It is the sheer number of negative comments you are leaving that I find amazing. I simply don't understand the motivation.

How many posts have you now made attacking me as an individual? You lost the "I'm less obsessive than you" high ground long ago.

There are doctors and medications for that. You having a problem does not obligate the rest of us to accommodate your idiocy.

Here are the measurements:
Sony Xperia Z1: 5.68 x 2.90 x .33 inches
OnePlus One: 6.02 x 2.98 x .35 inches

In other words, you are getting bent out of shape because the phone is less than half an inch (.34) taller, .08 of an inch wider, and .02 inches thicker than the Z1. It's miniscule, and definitely within tolerances. They probably had to add some space in the chassis to fit all of the awesome pieces going into the phone. The laws of physics demand certain things, and they chose experience at the cost of a millimeter or two. It happens all the time.

Get over it, and go see a doctor.

Very impressive. Can't wait to see how stable is CM. In case it is, my wife's Note 3 will be replaced asap.

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CM isn't a skin, so it won't choke up on its own bloatware like TW on your Note 3. Look up CM on their website. CM is the most stable ROM you can get as its as close to vanilla android you can get. Nearly all ROMs are based off of CM. I think its time to replace your wife's note 3, and whatever you have ;-) lol

CM has gone pretty far from AOSP these days, it's not even close to vanilla android. That said, it is very stable and will be even more so on a device like the 1+1 since it was optimized to run on that particular hardware. It has TONS of features, many of which have been ripped off over the years by big OEMs including Google.

:) I just had bad experiences with CM before that's why. Def no doubt that this time around they had more time and access to make it better. After all, this is the first time (oppo had it as optional) that device has it as it's native - optimized.
Would be nice to see them with 4.3-4.8 in device with these specs. Like z2 compact. They could easily sell it for the same price and for anything below would be the best seller for sure.
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Touchwiz isn't a "skin" either - actually, it's a much more substantial modification of Android than CM is, for better or worse.

Reminds me of back when the original Razer phone was released. I am on Sprint and was always jealous of the cool phones other people could use and swap out instantly.

Holy crap!! This is awesome!!!! True competition for the nexus 5.
I think this is even better.

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I was really excited for the find 7 and was planing on keeping my z1 when I got it! But now I want the oneplusone!!!!!!!!! I'm willing to kiss my z1 goodbye

This is going to replace my LG OGP! I want the white one but in only comes in 16gig and the black in 64? What the heck.

Now about that invite...

well let's have the masses buy the first set of them and see how buggy/non responsive they really are. u know company always says one thing, people another. but looks to be a pretty nice device.

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A phone taller than a Note is useless, even if it's cheap. Still, I hope the pricing has an impact on what better stuff costs.

I notice the phone is going on sale in 2 days, yet this company doesn't seem too concerned about getting review copies into the hands of tech bloggers. I hope the people who "won" the right to smash their phones end up happy with their new phone.

Oh, by the way, the implication they made that the phone was the same size as a Sony Z1, was a bare-faced lie.

I think your confused sir the Note is 5.5 inches, the note 3 is 5.7 inches and this phone looks dam better then the Xperia Z1 with much thinner bezels so if they could fit a 5.5 inch display in inside of an chassis the size of the Z1 (5" display) then that's pretty amazing

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But they didn't... I think you are confused. The dimensions are in the press release. It is larger than the Xperia Z1 in every dimension, much larger in height. It's actually taller than a Note 3 even.

But honestly can you really tell the difference?? What's the big deal they never said anything about the phone being smaller than the Z1 right??? Just a picture.

Rob Jackson from Phandroid explains it better stop bring trolls

And I Quote "OnePlus never made claims that weren’t true… they posted a picture, people made assumptions, and are now holding OnePlus to words that other people put in their mouth.
Starting at $299, nobody should have anything to complain about
Especially a few millimeters here and there, which is exactly the difference. Unless these complainers saw this stat on a spec sheet, they’d never know the difference
The people complaining are welcome to a refund. What’s that you say? They haven’t paid for anything yet? Oh… I see…"

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You call me confused, get proven wrong, and then come back with this? This phablet is taller than the Note 3.

They published a strategically cropped photo "showing" it could fit under a Z1. To anyone who doesn't have some special motivation to cover for them, that's a lie. I really don't care whether they technically made a false statement - they intentionally mislead.

Add to that their absurd invitation system, constant arrogant bragging including a non-ironic Gandhi quote, and you have some real douchebags.'ve chosen to lower yourself to the same level (i.e. douchebag)? I don't understand the benefit to you in doing so, but it's your choice.