This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about the One (not sure how HTC feels about that), but information was pretty sparse in the previous release from OnePlus. This time they took to Facebook to drum up renewed excitement for their fledgling effort.
OnePlus has narrowed the One’s release window from first half of 2014 to Q2 of 2014, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise, and considering Q2 isn’t that far off, I’d take this as a sign that they’ll actually hit that target.
The One will include 9-band LTE support (1/3/4/7/17/38/39/40/41) and while the rest of the specs remain a mystery, OnePlus asserts that the “One will be built using only the best components and 2014 flagship specs, both inside and outside.” After the arrival of the Moto X, I’m perhaps less concerned with blockbuster specs than I have been in the past, but I can still get behind this idea. That said, it does raise some concern regarding what the One’s price point will be .
The biggest attention-grabbing feature for the OnePlus One is that it will ship with CyanogenMod. OnePlus expanded on this today, explaining that this isn’t just the CyanogenMod that we are used to, but is actually a version that adds “new, specially customized features and new exciting elements to the CyanogenMod experience.” What those might be hasn’t been revealed yet, but considering the talent on that team, it has to pique your interest.
That’s all that OnePlus had for now, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it heading into the One’s Q2 release. The company talks a good game and seems to have the experience to deliver something impressive out of the gate. However, that doesn’t always translate to real world success.
While there are occasionally shakeups in the mobile market, we have become fairly accustomed to the established players and what they are capable of, so an unknown player is bound to draw attention and interest. What would you like to see OnePlus do differently? Are there any specific hardware features or special CyanogenMod tweaks that you think could set the OnePlus One apart?