The Chinese handset maker OnePlus has announced a hike in the cost of its OnePlus One mobile in Europe due to the decline in the value of Euro. Moreover the company in the press release said that, the hike in price for the Indian market has not been finalized yet. And this new prices will come to effect in the country starting from March 25. From then on OnePlus One 16GB variant will be available for EUR 299 (approx Rs. 20,000) and 64GB variant will be available for EUR 349 (approx Rs. 23,450).
"As you may know, the euro is quite unstable at the moment. Last year, many other companies insured themselves against this volatility by launching devices with higher prices in Europe than in other markets. This is something that we opted not to do, as we are committed to maintaining razor-thin margins in order to give the most value back to our fans. Unfortunately, as the value of the euro continued to drop, our razor-thin margins began to turn into 0 margins. Due to the current value of the euro, we are now selling devices at a loss in the EU. In light of these exchange rate shifts and trends, we will be making some changes to our pricing structure for the One in markets that use the euro as currency," OnePlus said in its blog.
On the other hand, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced the release date of Android Lollipop updates including CyanogenMod and its home baked OxygenOS. The company said that the CyanogenMod 12S based on Lollipop will be released on March 30 or before, while the OxygenOS based on Lollipop 5.0 will be rolled out before March 27.
Recapping the specs of the killer flagship model, OnePlus One is powered by Qualcomm's one of the latest SoCs Snapdragon 801 with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs, coupled with 3GB of RAM. OnePlus One runs on CyanogenMod 11S OS based on Android 4.4 (KitKat) platform. Also, it features a 5.5-inch Full HD display offering a resolution of 1920 ×1080 pixels slapped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on it.
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On the imaging front the handset is pretty equipped, as it uses a 13MP rear camera with Sony's IMX214 stacked sensor with 6-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash 4K video recording. Moreover, a 5MP front-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture is also a standard one.
Connectivity option includes 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and NFC. It should be noted that the LTE variant of the device works with bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40 and 3G model works in bands 1/2/4/5/8. Dimension-wise, the smartphone measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm and weighs 162 grams, further it draws energy from a heavy 3100 mAh battery.