Surprisingly high-quality build and subtle design choices with an industry-leading price point have us intrigued
We've just wrapped up an event here in San Francisco with CyanogenMod and OnePlus, where we finally have our hands on the much-awaited OnePlus One. This much-hyped device has drawn a good number of followers (and critics) over the past few months with an interesting marketing campaign, and now we have the hardware (and software) to look at for ourselves and see how things stack up.
Be sure to hit the break for an extensive gallery of the OnePlus One hardware, along with a few comparisons of other devices and our first impressions, after the break. We've got more on the software and its new version of CyanogenMod as well.
Naturally, we'll be bringing more in-depth coverage of the OnePlus One as we spend more quality time with it.
We'd be lying if we said the design of the OnePlus One didn't remind us of the Oppo Find 5 (and to a lesser extent the Find 7). And when you think about it, it makes sense considering OnePlus is owned by the Oppo parent company. That isn't a bad thing though, because the OnePlus One has clearly refined the idea of the Find 5 to be less angular and drastically more ergonomic, with smooth edges and an overall slimmed down chassis.
The phone looks and feels great, and for once it seems the press images didn't have our expectations set too high for the quality of the phone when it's actually in our hands. The solid back cover — rightfully adorned with "Cyanogen" branding — tapers off to the edges perfectly, has a great feel and makes you think that this phone costs far more than $300. While we wouldn't mind if the chrome rim around the screen was left behind, the material choices leading to the bezel and around the screen are top notch, without a gap or piece out of place.
There's nothing flashy or amazing here — even the branding is subtle — but the design is complete and seems to focus on fit-and-finish more than gimmicky design selling points. Once the variety of replacement back plates are available you'll be able to customize the One on your own after purchase as well, lending even more weight to the "blank canvas" styling here.
Blistering internal specs, including a Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, push along the latest build of CyanogenMod 11 without a hitch — though we're going to reserve total judgement until we spend our daily lives with the phone. After a few hours of moving through the interface and holding this 5.5-inch flagship in our hands, we can say we're pleasantly surprised about the OnePlus One. But whether or not it truly lives up to the #NeverSettle hypebeast will take more time to evaluate.
OnePlus One hardware specifications
|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||5.5 inch JDI 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI
LTPS IPS with TOL
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Cameras||13 Megapixel - Sony Exmor IMX 214
6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration
5 Megapixel "Distortion Free" front-facing camera
4K resolution video with stereo recording
Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps
|Cell. Frequencies||GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
|Wifi||Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|NFC||65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support)|
|Positioning||Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital Compass|
|Speakers||Built-in Stereo Speakers|
|Microphone||Tri-microphone with noise cancellation|
|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)|
|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|