When Oppo vice president Peter Lau left the company in 2013 he said it was to make a smartphone of his dreams. His goal was to bring high-end hardware and premium design to a larger audience thanks to more budget-friendly price. Did he succeed? See for yourself. The much anticipated OnePlus One has just debuted with top-notch specs and a price you wouldn’t believe. The 16 GB Silk White model costs just $299, or €269 if you are in Europe. The 64 GB Sandstone Black variant is priced at $349 or €299. Of course, the phone is unlocked so the price doesn’t include any carrier subsidies.
How to buy unlocked OnePlus One for $1
The OnePlus One leaked numerous times over the past few months, so there’s not much mystery surrounding the phone. Still, it’s great to see all those awesome bits and pieces officially confirmed by the manufacturer.
The handset’s design is minimalist yet classy. There are no unnecessary ornaments and the ports and buttons are distributed evenly around the edges. The OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch JDI display with 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 and is powered by a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU. There is 3 GB of RAM on board and either 16 GB or 64 GB of internal memory, neither of which is expandable.
The device is equipped with a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor camera with f/2.0 aperture, multi-color LED flash, and 4K video capture. On the front resides a 5-megapixel sensor. Other features include non-removable 3100 mAh battery, bottom-mounted stereo speakers, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS navigation with GLONASS and 4G LTE connectivity.
On the software side, the OnePlus One runs CyanogenMod 11S. The platform is almost entirely devoid of any bloatware and unnecessary features that can seriously hinder user experience. It’s a highly customizable OS with about a thousand of themes to choose from and focus on security measures thanks to such features as SMS encryption and Privacy Guard for controlling how apps use data.
So far so good. The combination of specs and price seems perfect, however, early buyers will need something more than just money to buy the phone. If you are interested in the OnePlus One will need quite a lot of luck, since availability will be limited initially. At first, only 100 units will be available and the lucky winners will be chosen through a Smash the Past contest. In a nutshell, the OnePlus invites you to smash your old phone for a chance to buy the OnePlus One for just $1.
The winners will be chosen at random and in addition to getting the device essentially for free, they will receive an invite code of their own to distribute. That’s quite a controversial method of drawing potential customers to a new product, however, if you were planning to get rid of your old phone anyway, feel free to try your luck. If you weren’t born under a lucky star and don’t know anyone who was, the only chance to grab the OnePlus One in its early days will be through an invite code which OnePlus says will give out through promotions on social media.
In addition to the US, the OnePlus One will be released also in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the U.K.