Feb 27 AT 8:06 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

The OnePlus One will be priced significantly under $400


Smartphone pricing has been outrageous for a long time. Paying $600 and up for a smartphone is tough to swallow, and the reason people find it so easy is due to 2 year contracts subsidizing prices to $200 and lower. But the industry is slowly but surely moving away from contracts, and phone prices have to get lower.

The first step was the line of Nexus devices, which were released for very low prices of $350 and even $300. Then there was the Moto G, which offers very nice mid range specs for only $180 off contract. We also have devices with high end specs launching for far under $600 off contract these days, which is an improvement already. But according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the new OnePlus One will be significantly under $400.

OnePlus One Price CEO

The OnePlus One is going to be the first device designed together with CyanogenMod and running the software out of the box. The CEO of the company took the time to make fun of statements like “It’ll be under $500″ when the actual price is $499, and said that the OnePlus One will actually be under $400. This could mean anything, like $380 or even lower. Even so, such a price for what should be a high end smartphone is actually really nice.

We hope to see smartphone pricing plummet within the next few years, as companies like OnePlus, Motorola, and others show companies how to build amazing phones that don’t cost a crazy amount of money. I think the industry is heading in that direction, and I’m excited to see how it turns out. I’m also excited to see what the OnePlus One is like, are you?

Via: Phandroid
Source: Facebook, +Pete Lau

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Adam

    What a terrible article. The headline is misleading, since Lauren only says it will be under $400, nothing about significantly.

    Then, the first step for off contact reasonable pricing was the Nexus phones, not the moto g.

    And to top it off, the oppo n1 was the first one designed with cyanogenmod.

    Whoever write this is a newb and should be fired. Garbage was writing.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Significantly meaning more than $1, like most brands mean. I don’t understand how that’s at all misleading.

      That’s true, slipped my mind. I’ll throw in Nexus devices now. Good call.

      The Oppo N1 was not designed with CyanogenMod. It was the first device *offered with CyanogenMod* as an alternate ROM, but the phone itself was designed by Oppo. The OnePlus One is actually being designed with collaboration from the CyanogenMod team, which is significantly different.

      You were right about the Nexus thing, but otherwise, I don’t really see how I’m a newb. Also, I’m sorry my garbage was writing. I’ll make sure my garbage won’t be writing anything again.

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  • John Hogan

    Yep, there is something about 3 hundred and something. I think it’s the price range at which I think, “if I trash it or lose it, the replacement cost won’t hurt so much.” Whatever the reason, that’s the price point that makes me stop hesitating about an outright purchase. I’ll follow this project with interest. Running cyanogenmod is the icing on the cake :-)

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      $350 and under really is the sweet spot for high end devices.

      • John in Brisbane

        Yeah agreed. I just picked up my first 10″ tablet – a Samsung – for $350 aussie. Didn’t deliberate long and no buyer’s remorse.

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