Apr 23 AT 3:02 AM Alex Wagner 30 Comments

OnePlus One makes its official debut


Well, it’s finally here, folks. After months of teasers and a slow trickle of information, the OnePlus One has been officially introduced to the world. As a quick refresher, here are the specs that make up this super-hyped smartphone:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p display with 178 degree viewing angles
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor IMX214 lens, f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with 80 degree wide-angle lens
  • 16GB (Silk White)/64GB (Sandstone Black) built-in storage
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • LTE bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
  • microSIM
  • Multicolored LED notification light
  • CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Software features that include: Voice command to wake the device, support for launching apps with preset gestures on the sleeping screen and the option of using either on-screen or capacitive navigation buttons

So how can you get one? Just like the build-up to its reveal, the OnePlus One’s actual launch will be unique. The first 100 devices will be available starting April 25 through the OnePlus Phone Smash, which is just what it sounds like. Interested consumers can go here to apply to smash their current handset in exchange for a OnePlus One. One hundred applicants will be given the opportunity to buy a OnePlus One for $1 and invite their friends to buy the device as well.


As for regular availability, OnePlus says that the One will initially launch in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S. The 16GB Silk White model will be priced at $299/€269, while the 64GB Sandstone Black variant will come in at $349/€299.

Considering all of the hype, leaks and teasers that we’ve endured over the past few months, it’s nice to finally see the OnePlus One fully revealed. We’ll have to wait to make any final judgments about the device until we can actually get our hands on a unit, but the One certainly appears to have the makings of a respectable Android flagship. Not only does it have a large 1080p display, 8.9mm frame and Snapdragon 801 processor, but the Nexus-like $299/$349 pricing means that the device will be accessible for a lot of consumers.

On the software side of things, the CyanogenMod 11S software looks like a nice combination of stock Android elements with more customized (and customizable) features. Included with the software are goodies like SMS encryption, Privacy Guard for controlling how apps use data and advanced Camera and Gallery apps. Perhaps best of all is that Cyanogen Inc. head Steve Kondik promises that his team will “continue to expand” on its work in order to “provide a genuinely enjoyable and powerful operating system for the user.”

For a closer look at the OnePlus One, you can check out the gallery of official images below. So now that it’s been totally unveiled, what do you all think of the OnePlus One? Will you be buying one when you get the opportunity?

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  • surethom

    16gb or 64gb seems a bit weird where is the 32gb version 16gb is too low.

    Love all the specs & price but the phone is just too wide, a 5″ or 5.1″ screen would have been better for more mass market.

    • Mil

      I was thinking the same thing but with only $50 price difference between 16GB and 64GB, having a 32GB wouldn’t really make sense from the price point. Rather than artificially place a huge premium on the 64GB to make room for a mid-priced 32GB, what they’ve done is actually much better. Those who don’t need the storage can go for the cheaper one, those that want extra storage can pay a little bit more to get lots of storage. It’s still not as cheap as the cost of storage in MicroSD card format but it’s certainly miles better than every other company.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        Maybe what surethom was thinking (in regards to the storage) that why couldn’t it have been 32/64 instead of 16/64, especially at the 299/349 prices.

    • Guest123

      Actually internationally the ~6″ devices are killing it, thus the smaller 5″ devices are only popular in countries that are tech junkies – those people who have multiple devices like a smartphone, tablet, and PC.

    • vforvortex

      64gb for $350 beats nexus price point so that’s really good. But my concern is if this device has LTE and also the bands seem to be missing a few that ate available in USA for tmo and att and international networks.

      • vforvortex

        Disregard LTE part, but gsm bands apply:-)

      • rauelius

        It makes the HTC One(M8) and Galaxy S4 look like garbage. Sure they have an SD-Card slot, but what is not told is the fact that with KitKat, that SD-Card is virtually useless. You can’t install all apps to it, pictures can no longer be saved to it, however I’m pretty sure you can still play MP3′s from an SD-Card, but Google Music makes that pointless. I’d rather have a 64GB device and no SD-Card slot, that way everybody wins. I’m tired of flagship devices shipping with 16GB(5GB after all the bloat) storage, and leading uneducated buys to think that the memory can be expanded.

        Sorry, I’m a pretty bitter nVidia Shield owner with a Class 10 64GB SD-Card that is unfortunately mostly pointless thanks to KitKat. Being unable to move giant games like Vice City and San Andres to my really fast, really big SD-Card was the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever experienced with Android. The more people I can share this with the better.

  • John Smith

    I’m really curious to see some of the reviewers thoughts on the subject…

  • BlazeHN

    Wait… that video shows the phone on water… it is also waterproff? o.O Holy banana this phone is a beast for the price!

    • Dirty Budha

      IF they are following the trend of water/dust resisteant, by god, I might just be interested in dumping my Note 3 for this baby!!!

  • John in Brisbane

    Great news! I’m a definite starter, as soon as they make them available for direct sale to Australia. I’m sure I can grab one now but I’ll wait till it’s officially on sale here. That price for a 64 gig unit is spot on.

  • Mil

    This seems like an awesome phone. Really has top end spec’s for a really good price. I like the fact that they’ll probably support the phone with OS updates in a timely fashion (as can be expected by the CyanogenMod team. I’m really interested in the touchless control from idle, if it can be used to wake, launch specific apps and then dictate into the app (I’m thinking sending a message in SMS, Hangouts, email etc) without touching the phone, then that would be super awesome. The only thing that I would need to know before I pull the trigger on this is how good the camera is and how great the battery life is. I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy S4 with the 7500mAh ZeroLemon extended battery. I can get 2 to 3 days of medium to heavy use between charges.

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      So the updates will be OTA and not dependent upon the end user? That makes it even better. And I bet these updates will roll out so much quicker than any other phone, except maybe the Nexus line. Still, way faster than any carrier branded phone.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if T-Mobile tried to do a partnership with them to get more people on their network since this device fits in line with them trying to be an un-carrier or whatever they want to call it.

  • redraider133

    Looks like a nice device and love the lower price for high end specs. Now if only it was available to more carriers, and of course no Verizon. Oh well

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      I would totally love to sign up to get one, but I can’t smash my phone since I don’t want to leave Verizon… just yet. This phone looks/sounds amazing!

  • andrew white

    The availability of this ‘value’ device is by invitation only according to numerous sites cited only yesterday.
    Also up untill recently it was strongly rumoured to have a 1440p screen. We now know the display is an adequate 1080p resolution.
    With 4k video recording an SD card of either 64GB or the latest 128GB would assist in selling this product

  • Tommy

    64 gig for $350?? holy crap! I guess tmo aint pickin this one up though. That cm11 really is a good version of android. I’d be running it on my s4 if not for the crappy camera.

  • MyMilan

    I can’t wait to get one and send samsung, nokia, Apple, HTC, etc a message loud and clear.

  • swaze

    Nice looking phone but since its not on Sprint, its irrelevent.

    • guest

      Being on Sprint is irrelevant.

  • DirtBudha

    I gotta reverse my excitement. I was STOKED until I saw that there’s not expandable memory. It’s the ONE thing that is a deal breaker for me. Cloud isn’t reliable and I don’t want my files out in the open. I just can’t understand why any company would nix the expandable memory.

    It’s a sexy phone, though.

    • Nigel

      64GB OTG storage is <$50 and tiny and in some ways is more flexible you can move it around for copy large files from other devices.

      Having had 16GB now for over a year, it is plenty enough if you got the OTG or SD option.

    • vhinjavier

      OTG bro,

  • renyo

    I dunno why… But that video gave me goosebumps… I am super excited to see its reviews!

  • sdsdsd

    Please sell it in a fucking Latvia, we are a poor bastards.

  • aranea

    Does anyone know when it’s going to be available for the public without invitation?

  • Lance Bell

    Anybody know how beefy the battery will be?

  • donger

    I liked the video.

  • vinnu rocks

    plzzzz inform me wen it is available in hyderbad 64gb pllzzzzzz…
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  • vasilis

    I found it in oneplus eu also .no need invite with free tempered glass screen protector,protective case,car charge,OTG cable etc. they sent it from a Europe Uion country