The tech world had been hearing a lot of rumors about this smartphone and finally it's here. Yes, we are talking about the OnePlus One Smartphone which has been unveiled today running CyanogenMod 11S OS. It has been launched by the technology startup company owned by former Oppo executive Pete Lau.
Talking about specifications, OnePlus One is powered by Qualcomm's one of the latest SoCs Snapdragon 801 with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs, which is also used in Sony and Samsung in their respective flagship devices.
The smartphone coming from the house of OnePlus is in fact released at $299 (approx. Rs. 18,270) for the Silk White 16GB variant and the 64GB Sandstone Black model would cost you $349 (approx. Rs. 21,300). Further, 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. On the imaging front the handset is pretty equipped, as it uses a 13-megapixel camera with Sony's IMX214 stacked sensor with 6-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, dual LED flash 4K video recording. Moreover, a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper with f/2.0 aperture is also a standard one.
As informed by the company, OnePlus One will be released in two variants depending on the storage capacity ie. 16GB and 64GB model. Connectivity options include 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.
OnePlus One - How will it be a 2014 Flagship Killer?
In an official statement, the company has claimed that OnePlus One will be a '2014 Flagship Killer.' Well, it might be a possibility as CyanogenMod OS is one-of-a-kind. How will it affect the market competitors, have a look in the slider below:
Talking about features, CyanogenMod has got some amazing privacy tools such as SMS encryption which is Secure Messaging - supported between devices running CyanogenMod and devices that are TextSecure compatible.
With CyanogenMod 11S in OnePlus One, users will be able to customize the screen and UI, as the phone offers thousands of themes or mix and match icons, fonts, wallpapers, and more to choose from.
Voice Recognition Feature
As the company notes, the One smartphone Voice Recognition will adapt your voice, in order to search, track, and explore even when it's asleep.
CyanogenMod you will also get various camera in terms of live filters and other picture settings. Further, you can also set up your gallery automatically whether its local or cloud-based, all at one place.
In terms of availability of the OnePlus One smartphone, it would first go on sale in 16 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States) via OnePlus Phone Smash, starting April 25th ,2014.
There is no word on whether the device is going to hit the India market as of now but if it somehow gets launched in India, it would roll out sometime later in Q2 2014.