OnePlus One Gets Announced; Claims To Be The Lightest 5.5 Inch Smartphone In The World |

OnePlus One Gets Announced; Claims To Be The Lightest 5.5 Inch Smartphone In The World

The company’s ‘Never Settle’ philosophy seems to have resulted in an elegant top of the line device that will keep competitors on edge.


OnePlus has finally announced its much-awaited ‘flagship killer’ the OnePlus One. The company has been teasing us for months about the hardware specifications that will end up in the final device. OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau also took to the official OnePlus forums to describe why each part was selected for their first Android Phone the OnePlus One. All that was left to be seen was the body of the device; which was revealed to the world just a few moments ago.

We all knew the specifications of the OnePlus One and that is exactly what was revealed to us at today’s announcement. The handset sports a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (8974 AC) chipset that is coupled with 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM which comes with multiple memory options of 16 and 64 GB. On the outside of the elegantly crafted body, is the 5.5 inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) sporting an eye-popping 401 ppi.

The body of the device is unique as well. The OnePlus One utilizes a frame built out of magnesium which makes it lighter than steel or aluminium, giving the OnePlus One a combined weight of only 162 grams. This is how OnePlus claims that the One is the lightest 5.5 inch smartphone in the world. In that svelte and elegant body, the OnePlus team also managed to squeeze in dual stereo speakers at the bottom which were tuned by the pros at JBL. Also included in that thin 8.9mm construction is a large 3100mAh battery which should easily deliver a full day of usage no matter what you do with your phone.

When it comes to software and the operating system the obvious choice was Android which allowed for maximum flexibility. What was not revealed to us officially back then was that Cyanogenmod would be making the software. The current OS is basically Cyanogenmod version of Android with some minor customisations to keep things simple unlike the resource-hungry offerings from competitors.

Coming down to the camera, OnePlus has opted for a 13 MP Sony IMX214 Sensor with 6 Lenses and f/2.0 Aperture. The camera is quick and combined with the software is able to capture some crisp 4K video footage as well.

To make the phone look unique, OnePlus even included special StyleSwap removable back covers. These as mentioned before are available in bamboo, wood, denim and Kevlar in a variety of shades.

The OnePlus One will launch in Q2 with Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the USA getting it first. The basic colour options are Sandstone Black and Silk White with the 16 GB version retailing for 299 USD (approx. Rs 18,277) and the 64 GB version for 349 USD (approx. Rs 21334). The price seems to be extremely reasonable considering that a Google Nexus 5 is more expensive that the OnePlus One in India. Sadly though, there is no sign of a release in India just yet.

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