1+ One = Flagship Killer
To you enthusiasts you might have heard of this mighty device. Some of you even keeps yourself pretty updated on the developments and news regarding the device. To those that does not, even non-enthusiast you should pay attention. Why? This could be the next big thing in the world of smartphones this year.
Welcome to the Oneplus One. Since it’s announcement, it has been one of the most anticipated smartphones this year. About a week ago a startup brand from China that no one has ever heard of made an announcement that they would be making a smartphone. Not just that, they revealed that their smartphone would be made to rival the top dogs in the Android world. With its launch, Oneplus has also offered the first 100 persons to literally destroy their phones the One for 1USD. The ballsy “smash the past” moniker caught the attention of many in the process and worked in gaining attention to this small manufacturer from China.
Touted as the “2014 Flagship Killer” it has got the hardware to match. Starting with the latest generation of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon; the 801 quad core clocked in at 2.5GHz, it is properly powerful and should be snappy. With Adreno 330 GPU included lags and ugly graphics would be a thing of the past. Memory wise there is a choice of either a 16GB or 64GB, nothing in between while RAM is at a whopping 3GB! Of course it has got the usual array of sensors that comes as standard in any smartphone nowadays. Included also is Bluetooth 4.0, LTE bands, 802.1 a/b/g/n wifi antenna, and NFC. Displaying the proven CyanogenMod 11S based on the Android 4.4 KitKat is a 5.5 inches 1080p Full HD IPS screen. To capture your moments the camera is a dual LED supported Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor capable of 13-megapixel stills and 4K videos. You can even use this camera to capture slow motion videos with 720p resolution and at a maximum of 120fps. Above the impressive display is a 5-megapixel camera. Powering all these would be a 3100mAh Lithium Polymer internal battery.
Built by Oppo, it does share some similar design cues in one way or another with the Oppo find 7. Despite sharing a certain similarity to the Find 7 the One is actually thinner than its doppelganger. Due to the unexpected attention gained by this marketing move the initial “invite only” purchase method was then changed by Oneplus. Powered by the latest Android 4.4 with a customised CyanogenMod 11, which was touted as the best custom ROM for Android to date is an advantage for the One. The designs we see here are not in final production form. It is said that the volume buttons may be different in the production units.
It might seem like just another flagship smartphone to plenty of you, so how is it special? Or why would it be the next big thing? How is this different from that brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 or even the HTC One M8? Here’s why. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 are in the same price bracket – RM2399. The Oneplus One is priced a lot lower than that. The official price in USD is $299. Aside from the initial 100 devices they gave out Oneplus has promised that the the device would be available for purchase in two colors (Silk White or Sandstone Black) somewhere in June. Unfortunately for us the official price and availability for the Malaysian market has yet to be announced, but if our guesses are right the device should arrive not too long after its “general availability” release and should be priced within the range of RM1000-1500. Still half the price we pay for the other flagship smartphones. Despite its hypes, would it be able to perform better than the top dogs after its release? Let’s see what happens then.