Dubbing itself the Flagship Killer, the OnePlus One smartphone brings unbelievable value for money with specs that match Google’s Nexus and Samsung’s Galaxy flagships at less than half the price. Starting at $299 for the 16GB version, OnePlus One has a sleek, high-end look, with excellent internals.
It sports a matte plastic shell that curves nicely without looking awkward. And although it looks a bit chunky at 8.9mm thickness with the Gorilla Glass 3 display slightly raised from the body, it should feel nice and secure to hold. The button placement will make you wish you grew longer fingers in order to use this one handed though – but this isn’t that big an issue since smartphones this size almost always require two-handed operation anyway.
What makes it special?
Build quality isn’t the reason why it’s cheap, that’s for sure. Under the hood, its got Qualcomm’s 801 Snapdragon and 3GB EMMC RAM, which they’re proud to say, is best in class when it comes to memory. Its imaging is 13mp SONY Exmor with 6 lens optics. Granted, they might have saved a few pennies by going OpenSource with the Cyanogen Mod instead of developing their own software, but it seems more of a smart move than a cheap one.
OnePlus really took the display to new heights – it has a 1080p IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 401ppi and viewing angles that beat the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus. It may not compete against the brightness and vivid colors of the S5, but again this is minor considering the huge difference in price.
One also cannot overlook the fact that it has the Cyanogen mod built in. OnePlus actually worked with Cyanogen developers in optimizing the mod specifically for the product, which can’t be seen anywhere else. As you’d expect, the mod paired with the abovementioned specs results in smooth, crisp navigation. People who love to tweak will have fun with the mod’s renowned customization features, from UI to power management.
OnePlus already has one leg up on the competition by slashing their prices down. Hopefully for them the rewards will more than make up for it because we consumers definitely want to have more affordable high-spec smartphone options.