OnePlus One officially announced, 16GB version priced at $299 without contract

After months of teases and their own orchestrated leaks of information, the company called OnePlus has finally and officially announced their debut smartphone, the OnePlus One. The device has some impressive hardware specs and will have a no-contract price starting at $299 for the 16GB version when it goes on sale in the U.S and other parts of the world.

The smartphone will be using CyanogenMod 11S, a special version of the modified Android 4.4 OS that OnePlus claims will allow the user to "mix and match thousands of themes" and also provide better security via SMS encryption between the OnePlus One and CyanogenMod or TextSecure-compatible devices.

Inside, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and a 5.5 inch screen with 1080p resolution. There's a 3100 mAh battery which OnePlus claims to allow their smartphone to run for more than a day, but specifics were not mentioned. The One has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.

The OnePlus One comes in black and white colors and the company will also sell a 64GB version for $349, again without contract. On Friday, OnePlus will sell 100 of their first smartphones for just $1 to a select group of people who sign up for their OnePlus Phone Smash promotion on Friday. The winners will also be allowed to invite others to purchase the smartphone. Indeed, it looks like the OnePlus One will be sold via an invite-only process for at least the next month or so.

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looks really, really good and the price is just right. Having said that their competition for the first 100 phones is kind of dumb.

Dear OnePlus One go ahead and use the design from our Oppo Find 5 and Find 7 phones and just undercut us on price but not really the specs. Oh perhaps you should have used the new Sony 20.7mp since you mention everything is top of the line. :) Glad you left us to open up your own company..

I have a good feeling that I will be on the list for the phone's first cycle of release.

5.5" phone is just a large phone. 4.7 - 5.0 is just right. I really like my Xiaomi Mi3 and can't wait for LTE and in white.

acido00 said,
What are the REAL world advantages of having that OS?

Its half the price of an iPhone and has official versions of all the popular apps.

Right now, this one is in the running to replace my Galaxy Note1. Going on almost 18 months with it, still running 4.1.2, ROCK SOLID STABLE.
Was looking at the nexus5, but the screen is a bit smaller
Was looking at the Galaxy 5, but it has knox, and locked down
Was looking at the LG G2 Pro, still in the running, but for the price
At this point, for the feature set I use, screen I want, this one looks to fit the bill.
BUT! This is a startup company, no track record. This device looks promising.
I'll wait til this device gets out from under the company, into hands of actual users,
and read the reviews. If it looks & works as good in real life, as it does on paper,
for that price? You'd be crazy not to jump on it.

The specs look great, then i remember specs don't mean much.. it's running Android so it has a long way to go before it's perfect, how optimised is it? has the fragmented malware dominated market place magically improved?

Uplift said,
The specs look great, then i remember specs don't mean much.. it's running Android so it has a long way to go before it's perfect, how optimised is it? has the fragmented malware dominated market place magically improved?

So you made this phrase just to use the words "fragmented", "malware", "market place" all in the same context? Android doesn't have the market place since.... 2011?

With a difference of 100 mA less in battery, same internal storage (compared to the OnePlus' baseline), and allowing for a MicroSD, those seem to be the only changes in terms of specs that the OPPO Find 7 has. Even the dimensions are extremely close... 152.6 vs. 152.9 x 75 vs. 75.9 x 9.2 mm vs. 8.9 mm.

I'm guessing this will only work on certain carriers? Or are they going to release different versions for different carriers?

Found on Engadget - "One's international version also supports LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40, as well as WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8"

Edited by LightEco, Apr 23 2014, 4:54pm :

Nodiaque said,
question is, is it locked, bootlock or something like that or dev friendly and rootable with a click?

That's what I would like to know.

So is the OS a specialized fork of Cyanogenmod, or is it running "pure" Cyanogenmod? Are users going to have to wait for OnePlus to "alter" each Cyanogenmod release before they get an Android upgrade?

Regardless, I'm quite excited for this phone. Between this and Ubuntu Phone (eventually) it's quite an exciting year for mobiles :)

Majesticmerc said,
So is the OS a specialized fork of Cyanogenmod, or is it running "pure" Cyanogenmod? Are users going to have to wait for OnePlus to "alter" each Cyanogenmod release before they get an Android upgrade?

Regardless, I'm quite excited for this phone. Between this and Ubuntu Phone (eventually) it's quite an exciting year for mobiles :)

From what I've seen (I'm a Galaxy S3 + CM11 user), the only things so far that seem to differ from stock CyanogenMod:

-The default Launcher
-The default Lockscreen
-The "Theme" engine (that seems to be more advanced on the OnePlus than stock CM)

myxomatosis said,

From what I've seen (I'm a Galaxy S3 + CM11 user), the only things so far that seem to differ from stock CyanogenMod:

-The default Launcher
-The default Lockscreen
-The "Theme" engine (that seems to be more advanced on the OnePlus than stock CM)

Nice, thanks!

It'll be interesting to see what kind of support they'll offer to people who just want stock CM11 on there, if any.

ians18 said,
As long as its running Android it's not "perfect" for me.

Did you come here to start an argument? Why comment on an android article in a negative way?

Dinggus said,
Did you come here to start an argument? Why comment on an android article in a negative way?
He has a point though. They boast about how it's the "perfect" smartphone when no such thing exists or even can exist. For some it's not perfect due to the screen size. Some have already complained about the lack of a MicroSD slot above. He's saying the drawback for him is the OS. How is his opinion out of line when the rest aren't? If you want to buy it do so, but don't pretend it's perfect for everyone in the world.

Dinggus said,

Did you come here to start an argument? Why comment on an android article in a negative way?

Notice I said "for me" ?

My dad has an Asus Android tablet and I used to have an Android phone but the experience is unbearable. Crappy load times, jittery performance, etc. Now I only use it for the Chromecast. The only good one is the Kindle Fire (which unfortunately the USB broke)

Dinggus said,

Did you come here to start an argument? Why comment on an android article in a negative way?

The only person here looking for an argument it seems is you. He was just stating that he didn't consider this to be the "perfect" phone so long as it was running Android. This is called "an opinion" and something you and everybody else is entitled to. This does not make his post "negative" or "argumentative". Grow up already.

Dinggus said,

Did you come here to start an argument? Why comment on an android article in a negative way?

I'm not a big fan of WP8, but he has the right to his opinion ;)

ians18 said,

Notice I said "for me" ?

My dad has an Asus Android tablet and I used to have an Android phone but the experience is unbearable. Crappy load times, jittery performance, etc. Now I only use it for the Chromecast. The only good one is the Kindle Fire (which unfortunately the USB broke)

A couple years ago I would've totally agreed with you. Android used to really suck and I was a pretty big WP fan. But WP really slumped. They spent a year getting WP8 made and it brought basically nothing new. Nothing changed was really visible to the user. Since then Android has gotten quite a bit better and hardware fast enough to run it smoothly has gotten much cheaper. Android is still pretty inefficient, but you won't notice it anymore on a device like the Nexus 5 thanks to the raw power and the improvements in Android 4.4

WP seems to be picking up again and I'm excited to see what they'll be bringing in the next year. For now, I'm on a Nexus 5.

Apps can be updated to work with 4.4 again, and my major apps already seem to have been updated so I'm not too bothered.

My main space fillers are Audible, which I have 3GB of audiobooks on, that went onto the SD card fine, I downloaded a season of Walking Dead from Google Video, they of course went onto SD fine, along with my music on Google Music, any music I put onto the SD card manually. All my photos and video are also on the SD Card.

McKay said,
No Micro-SD? No thanks.

Yup that's a bummer for me too. I wanted to pick or this phone or the Galaxy S5... looks like it will be a S5. 64Gb isn't enough for me (1080p + 64GB = not enough)

myxomatosis said,

Yup that's a bummer for me too. I wanted to pick or this phone or the Galaxy S5... looks like it will be a S5. 64Gb isn't enough for me (1080p + 64GB = not enough)

64GB would be enough for me, however I'd had a 64GB SD Card that I got when I got my Galaxy S4 and carried over into my Note 3. I'd like to continue that usage.

McKay said,

64GB would be enough for me, however I'd had a 64GB SD Card that I got when I got my Galaxy S4 and carried over into my Note 3. I'd like to continue that usage.

You would do better without the SD card if you're storage needs are met. SD cards are slower among other things...

LogicalApex said,

You would do better without the SD card if you're storage needs are met. SD cards are slower among other things...

I don't really put apps like games etc that are affected by loading screens onto my SD card. Music/videos/pictures/audiobooks still load instantly.

How many full length movies are you planning to carry around with you.. Or to put it differently how many minutes of self shot 1080p video would you need to keep around on the phone all the time.

I don't want to fall into the "I'll never need more space than this!" trap and buy a smaller one. It will slowly fill with more and more photos/videos and music over time. If I keep getting phones with SD Card support it will continue to get bigger. Some of my Note 3 photos are 8-9MB.

McKay said,
I don't want to fall into the "I'll never need more space than this!" trap and buy a smaller one. It will slowly fill with more and more photos/videos and music over time. If I keep getting phones with SD Card support it will continue to get bigger. Some of my Note 3 photos are 8-9MB.

Micro-SD? that is old technology! please upgrade! :)

McKay said,
I don't want to fall into the "I'll never need more space than this!" trap and buy a smaller one. It will slowly fill with more and more photos/videos and music over time. If I keep getting phones with SD Card support it will continue to get bigger. Some of my Note 3 photos are 8-9MB.


But still you are falling into the "I'm carrying all my #### with me all the time" trap. Use the cloud, use your other storage devices at home, you don't need to carry a years worth of pictures with you all the time, neither your entire music collection.

I used to be on the same "I need a micro SD" club as you when phones only had 4 or 8gb internal memory. Now that you can get 32gb for a decent price (Nexus 5 at $400, or even the OnePlus at 64gb for $350) there's really no need for external storage.

Just look at you, spending $700 instead of $350 because you wanted your precious micro SD slot... (or worse, if you are on contract, that Note 3 is probably $800-900 after paying the inflated contract price over 2 years.)

gonchuki said,

But still you are falling into the "I'm carrying all my #### with me all the time" trap. Use the cloud, use your other storage devices at home, you don't need to carry a years worth of pictures with you all the time, neither your entire music collection.

I used to be on the same "I need a micro SD" club as you when phones only had 4 or 8gb internal memory. Now that you can get 32gb for a decent price (Nexus 5 at $400, or even the OnePlus at 64gb for $350) there's really no need for external storage.

Just look at you, spending $700 instead of $350 because you wanted your precious micro SD slot... (or worse, if you are on contract, that Note 3 is probably $800-900 after paying the inflated contract price over 2 years.)

"Use the cloud".

I live in the Countryside. I'm not waiting literally over a minute to view a photo, repeatedly tapping the "retry" button while it times out. Streaming music? Ahahahahahahahaha I'd have to wait about 20 minutes for it to buffer. Videos? Don't even bother.

I stuck a TV series, or a few movies on my phone and it serves me well for when I'm on Night shift.

As for "no need". Nearly everything I own there is "no need" for. I don't "need" to watch movies or listen to music. I don't "need" to take most of my photos, but I do.

It's not because I "need" things. I want them. Why do you have such strong objections to me preferring SD cards?

acido00 said,

Micro-SD? that is old technology! please upgrade! :)

Yes a high-speed 64GB SD card smaller than my little finger nail is "old" technology.

I once said the same thing, but after using the HTC One, i'm quite okay without it.

Plus I did back the Kickstarter MicroSD reader and geez it's tiny! (Not that I use it much)

gonchuki said,

But still you are falling into the "I'm carrying all my #### with me all the time" trap. Use the cloud, use your other storage devices at home, you don't need to carry a years worth of pictures with you all the time, neither your entire music collection.

I used to be on the same "I need a micro SD" club as you when phones only had 4 or 8gb internal memory. Now that you can get 32gb for a decent price (Nexus 5 at $400, or even the OnePlus at 64gb for $350) there's really no need for external storage.

Just look at you, spending $700 instead of $350 because you wanted your precious micro SD slot... (or worse, if you are on contract, that Note 3 is probably $800-900 after paying the inflated contract price over 2 years.)

There are phones with SD slots that cost less than $700 ;)

mrp04 said,

There are phones with SD slots that cost less than $700 ;)


He said he has a Note 3, next time try reading into the context.

gonchuki said,

He said he has a Note 3, next time try reading into the context.

"spending $700 instead of $350 because you wanted your precious micro SD slot"

The SD slot isn't the only reason he spent the extra money. If he just wanted an SD slot he can find a $350 phone with an SD slot. He just mentions that he has a Note 3, not that he bought it solely for the SD slot, though the SD slot was a requirement for him.

Next time, try reading into the context.

mrp04 said,

"spending $700 instead of $350 because you wanted your precious micro SD slot"

The SD slot isn't the only reason he spent the extra money. If he just wanted an SD slot he can find a $350 phone with an SD slot. He just mentions that he has a Note 3, not that he bought it solely for the SD slot, though the SD slot was a requirement for him.

Next time, try reading into the context.


Hey high horse man! want to read the comment that started this thread? he's singling out the OnePlus One because it lacks an SD card slot. No other comments made, no other context to read onto other than your own Samsung fanboyism. Get over it.

gonchuki said,

Hey high horse man! want to read the comment that started this thread? he's singling out the OnePlus One because it lacks an SD card slot. No other comments made, no other context to read onto other than your own Samsung fanboyism. Get over it.

The large screen size was my main factor for buying the note 3. I thought the HTC Max was a tad too big with its speakers so that's why the note won out for me.

If it was SD card alone I'd have settled for the nearly identical oppo find 7

gonchuki said,

Hey high horse man! want to read the comment that started this thread? he's singling out the OnePlus One because it lacks an SD card slot. No other comments made, no other context to read onto other than your own Samsung fanboyism. Get over it.

Are you not fluent in English?

SD card is a requirement for him, but it's not the only reason he bought a $700 phone. It's very possible he'd be totally fine with the One+ One if it had an SD slot and was still $350. There are plenty of $350 or $200 or $100 phones with SD slots. If SD slot was his ONLY requirement then he can get one of those.

He obviously bought the $700 Note NOT ONLY for the SD card (which is a requirement for him) but ALSO for the other features such as the large screen, and Wacom pen.

And look at that, he himself replied to you and said SD isn't his only requirement.

Sheesh. How about YOU get off YOUR high horse and stop telling people what they should and shouldn't be spending their money on!

Keep playing devil's advocate. I enjoy it while you make a fool of yourself defending something that you don't even have a clue about.

You are just speculating with something you don't know (and I LOVE how you capitalized "obviously"), while I'm simply drawing conclusions from what he said in this thread. Buy hey, go ahead, keep doing god's work son.

Just so we are clear, I only said that if you single out this phone because it lacks an SD card slot then you are not even trying hard enough. You could have said it's too large, that you prefer AMOLED screens, beefier front facing audio or a Lumia-like camera. But ignoring a 64GB phone because it lacks an SD card slot? that's like saying you don't want a phone that lasts 3 days between charges because it doesn't have a removable battery.

gonchuki said,
Keep playing devil's advocate. I enjoy it while you make a fool of yourself defending something that you don't even have a clue about.

You are just speculating with something you don't know (and I LOVE how you capitalized "obviously"), while I'm simply drawing conclusions from what he said in this thread. Buy hey, go ahead, keep doing god's work son.

Just so we are clear, I only said that if you single out this phone because it lacks an SD card slot then you are not even trying hard enough. You could have said it's too large, that you prefer AMOLED screens, beefier front facing audio or a Lumia-like camera. But ignoring a 64GB phone because it lacks an SD card slot? that's like saying you don't want a phone that lasts 3 days between charges because it doesn't have a removable battery.

Sorry bro, but the guy himself says otherwise. You LOSE. Good day, sir.

McKay said,

The large screen size was my main factor for buying the note 3. I thought the HTC Max was a tad too big with its speakers so that's why the note won out for me.

If it was SD card alone I'd have settled for the nearly identical oppo find 7

mrp04 said,

Sorry bro, but the guy himself says otherwise. You LOSE. Good day, sir.


And you still fail at language comprehension. We are talking about *this* phone, not why he didn't choose anything else.

I couldn't care less why he didn't choose a different thing, and certainly I don't really care if he doesn't buy this one, I'm just pointing out how something completely unecessary like an SD card slot on a 64GB phone is driving a purchase decision.

Its tempting to upgrade from my Galaxy Nexus to this. Better screen, camera, 4g and hopefully battery life too. Cheaper than a Nexus phone too! I'll wait for the reviews first however as I'm not in a major rush to upgrade.

Dinggus said,

Better specs?


Is your Nexus 5 slow or you are just craving to carry a brick in your pocket?

It's only a 10% CPU speed increase and the rest is the same. You don't even know if the camera is better, the same or worse until we can get several reviews comparing both.

Btw, as far as I could check the OnePlus only has an IPS screen compared to IPS+ on the Nexus 5, that would be a deal breaker for me. I use my phone outdoors a lot and that extra brightness is a godsend. My previous Optimus 2x with a standard IPS screen was barely readable at full brightness.