OnePlus One launched, quick review, comparison

As promised, OnePlus has launched their first android smartphone, which is also called OnePlus One. There are probably more devices coming in the series. The nomenclature is interesting and the phone too is equally interesting especially in its pricing. The obvious difference in OnePlus One when compared to other Android phones in the market is that it comes with Cyanogenmod 11s, which is a customized version of Android 4.4 Kitkat OS.

One Plus One front image

The phone is comparable to the Oppo Find 7a which was launched last month. Incidentally the founder of OnePlus, Pete Lau, was the former VP at Oppo. As I mentioned above the OnePlus has managed to keep the price of this phone extremely low, for the specifications it offers. It is powered by the most powerful mobile processor available and there is 3 GB of internal storage memory. We will look into all those details in the respective sections.

Most of the key specifications were already let out by Pete Lau himself, through the company blog. There is not much change in those either. Then the speculations were in the price of the device. Here they have surprised the speculators a bit by pricing the device even lower than speculated.

Let’s look at the individual specifications of this device and how it compares with Oppo Find 7a.

Design and Dimensions

The device has design very much identical to Oppo find 7. we hardly can distinguish one phone from another in terms of the external appearance. The OnePlus One is slightly thinner than it Chinese counter part, but by fractions, hardly noticeable though. The design pattern is probably inspired from the Nexus 5. The top and bottom curves are less compared to the Nexus 5, but very similar to Oppo find 7. The over all dimensions ranges 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, and it weighs 162 grams.

Even though it is a 5.5 inch display phone, it can easily be held in one hand and operated. The weight is not much for a phablet of this dimensions and specifications. The thicker part in the middle measures 8.9 mm and towards the edges it reduces to 4.6 mm, which makes it appear thin. Volume rockers are found on the left side while the power button is place in the right side. The phone will be available in two colors — silk white and sandstone black.

Display

OnePlus One comes with a 5.5 inch LCD display that offers 1920 x 1080p full HD resolution. The display is very bright even under direct sunlight during noon. The display is similar to that of the Oppo Find 7.  Seemigly they both use same display panels.

CPU, GPU and memory

OnePlus One hardware specifications are really impressive. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad core CPU along with Adreno 330 GPU. MSM8974ACv3 2.45 GHz Snapdragon 801 is the chipset used. As per today’s standards the CPU cannot be better. OnePlus have included a 3 GB RAM, which is also the extreme of what we see on an Android smartphone. Oppo has 2 GB of RAM and a slighly less powerful chipset on its Find 7a hand set.

The device comes with a choice of 16 GB and 64 GB internal storage options. It is priced according to the storage. There is no microSD card slot in this device, which may disappoint certain prospect buyers. However, the 16 GB minimum storage option is not too less either and 64 GB is impressive for the price it sells. Oppo Find 7 on the other had comes with microSD card slots.

Software

As I mentioned above the device comes with Cyanogenmod 11S.  Beginners may wonder what the Cyanogenmod is all about. It might be new for most phone buyers. Android being open source, this OS has got many versions that are customized by individuals or group of individuals to make this good Android OS, even better for the users. Most popular version among the customized Android is the Cyanogenmod.   Cyanogenmod keeps releasing the customized versions of the OS when new Android releases happens.

The OS skin is much like the stock android, easy to operate. It comes with Google play installed. Unlike most China made phones, this phone has Google play and Google apps like Gmail and Maps pre installed in it. The additional features that you can seen in the latest cyanogenmod includes expanded desktop mode, gesture controls for camera, led light when display turned off, voice-activated wake up and customized themes.

Camera

OnePlus One comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facing camera. In the rear is the Sony IMX214 camera with CMOS sensors. lens aperture is F/2.0. The front camera too have the same f/2.0 aperture lens. Camera features includes Geo-tagging, panorama mode, HDR, tap to focus and full HD video recording @ 30 fps. The camera’s in Oppo too are the same. They have the same sony sensors and pixel count.

Battery and Connectivity

The battery in the device is of 3,100 mAh capacity which is larger than the Oppo find 7a.  It is a not removable battery.  OnePlus One comes with all the regular connectivity options that we normally find on an android phone. It comes with Bluetooth V4.0, micro USB V3.0, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS/GNSS, MHL, DLNA, NFC and the 2G, 3G and 4G network connectivity options. Here we can see an advancement for USB V 2.0 to V3.0 which helps in better data transfer speed.

Price

The unlocked 16 GB memory device sells for $299, while the 64 GB device is priced $349. In Euro they are Euro 269 and Euro 299 respectively. The phone will be available from May in 16 countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the U.S.

Conclusion

The OnePlus One is an impressive Android phone with good looks and exclusive features like company installed CyanogenMod OS. The price is kept very competitive. The hardware is very powerful and the 3 GB RAM it offers is exclusive. We have seen this much high memory in just few phones earlier.  It comes with micro USB V 3.0, which is an advancement from V 2.0. On the downside, though there are not much, we can say there is no microSD slot, so the internal storage is limited.

Below is the comparison chart where I have listed the key specifications of OnePlus One place against handsets like Oppo Find 7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2.

Phones OnePlus One HTC One M8 Oppo Find 7 Samsung Galaxy S5 Sony Xperia Z2
Price $299 for 16GB, $349 for 64 GB $649 $599 $599
Display 5 inch 1920 x 1080p full HD 5 inch 1920 x 1080p full HD 5.5 inch IPS LCD 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD, 534 ppi 5.1 inch Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080p full HD 5.2 inch Triluminos display IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080p full HD
CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 2.3 GHz Quad-core( in US/ EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia) Krait 400 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
GPU Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330 Adreno 330
OS CyanogenMod Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat Android OS, v4.3 Jelly Bean Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat Android OS, v4.4.2 Kitkat
RAM 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3GB
ROM 16GB/ 64GB, no microSD card 16 GB/32 GB, micro SD up to 128 GB 32 GB, micro SD up to 64 GB 16 GB, microSD up to 128 GB 16 GB, microSD up to 128 GB
Connectivity 2G, 3G, 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB v3.0, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, micro USB, NFC
Camera-rear 13 MP, f/2.0, Sony Exmor sensor 4 Ultra pixel dual camera with dual mode dual LED flash 13 MP 16 MP, 4k video recording @ 30fps 20.7 MP, 4K Video recording @ 30fps
Camera-front 5 MP, 1080p video recording @30 fps 5 MP, 1080p video recording @30 fps 5 MP 2 MP 1080p video recording @ 30fps 2.2 MP 1080p video recording @ 30fps
Battery 3,100 mAh 2600 mAh Li-polymer 3000 mAh, quick recharging 2800 mAh Li-ion 3200 mAh Li-ion

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