OnePlus One, 'the perfect smartphone,' to be launched April 23rd

The mysterious OnePlus company, which announced in December that it would be creating "the perfect smartphone", has now revealed that its first device, the OnePlus One, now has an official launch date of April 23rd.

The announcement was made on the company's forums earlier this morning, but OnePlus still is revealing little in the way of specifics on how their smartphone will achieve perfection. The launch date message said simply:

Forget gimmicks and bloat. It's time to return to the product itself. Its design, its build quality. The feeling you get when using it. It's time to return to user value, and make all the necessary choices to ensure that in the end, it's the user that benefits.

Previous hints from the company have stated the OnePlus One will be priced at below $400 off-contract. It is also supposed to use a version of the Android-based CyanogenMod for its operating system, along with support for 9-band LTE. The company's forums have been a way for the company to reveal some of the phone's hardware specs over the past few weeks. It will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor inside, along with a 5.5 inch display with 1080p resolution, a 13-megapixel rear camera, back covers that can be swapped out and a 3100 mAh non-removable battery.

OnePlus is also holding a contest where the winner will be flown to the company's headquarters in Hong Kong to be one of the first people to check out the OnePlus One. The deadline to enter is March 28th.

Source: OnePlus via Engadget | Image via OnePlus

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Well The S5 was a let down for me already and the HTC One M8 isnt all that either so I guess all eyes are on this now. I personally want a larger screen now, tired of this 4.inch screen. But I release want a hugh battery for some good battery life. Might end up getting a Note 3 with aftermarket battery.

Lost me at the 5.5" screen. It will be too large for my needs. Why can't any manufacturer fill the void that is high end smaller phones (4.3-4.5" high res screen with minimal bezel)?

Exactly, even then on paper something can look great (or bad) but in practice it can be very different.

I mean, looking at any ergonomic design, it usually looks pretty weird, but when you used it it's beyond comfy. This phone may look great, but will it prove itself? Or perhaps it really is amazing but looks pretty average. Time will tell.

13-megapixel rear camera? i wonder which feature will make it "top spec"
better sensor? better lens? it is likely not a dual camera either :(

is it waterproof?

battery seems pretty good! so i am ok with non removable, esp running cryogen mod.

but i am very interested if it will be much better then Nexus 5.

They debated about the battery. Their reasoning was that to accommodate a removable battery, its capacity would have to be decreased or the phone's size would have to be increased.

There is no "perfect" device, one size doesn't fit all. If I decide I don't like it, maybe the price, maybe the metal design (if it is that) or the plastic design.. then it isn't "perfect" for me.

HTC one, then HTC one (2) now oneplus one, can these companies use a different number, it's starting to get confusing

Lord Method Man said,
How will this phone integrate the HTC One with the Xbox One? Will it have OneDrive support?

oh Lord...