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OnePlus has been amazingly and infuriatingly evasive when it comes to their much-hyped One phone, bordering on "bloody cheeky" with their series of faux-viral specification and schedule reveals. Perhaps one of their hardware or marketing partners got as fed up with waiting as we are, because a full set of convincing photos and renders has been leaked via a Chinese forum.



The set of photos shows what looks like a pretty standard high-end phone, with the interesting addition of a variety of removable"StyleSwap" back covers, including various covers made of (or at least covered in) wood, carbon fiber, and denim. Beyond that, the One can be inferred to be a basic candybar design with capacitive navigation buttons. The One seems to share a lot of Oppo's industrial design, which makes sense, since OnePlus founder Pete Lau is a previous Oppo vice president. A particularly cynical observer might throw doubt upon just how much of a "leak" this is, considering the forced nature of the OnePlus marketing thus far, but the photos do look pretty genuine. Confirmed specs for the One so far include a 5.5" 1080p screen, a 13MP rear camera, a 3100mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM. Oddly, the leak includes an adapter for Apple's Lightning port.

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But of course, the hardware is only half the story of the OnePlus One, so the second half of this story is the phone's CyanogenMod-based stock software. A OnePlus staff member posted the following screenshots to the company forum early this morning (US time), calling it "CyanogenMod 11s." The Android 4.4 build features a combination of unique UI elements including a custom lock screen and icons and a built-in theme manager that appears modified from stock CM11. Cyanogen is building the software for the One from the ground up, unlike the Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition, which features a more or less standard CyanogenMod ROM.

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OnePlus is planning to officially unveil the One phone on Wednesday, April 23rd. It's worth mentioning that the recently-announced invitation system, which will only allow you to buy the One after applying for an invite, receiving one from a friend, or participating in various forum contests, has already become a contentious matter for the OnePlus faithful.

Source: OnePlus forum, OnePlus BBS (Chinese) via Phandroid

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Changa Sjudi

    This startup has better skin than most if not all Big Android OEMS. Sad

    • Steve Jobs

      It's just regular CM

      • Alexithymia

        It's slightly different: the font is different and the notification icons. But it is appealing ... lightly skinned, which is a nice touch to the UI.

      • Aaron Huffman

        it's using Cyanogenmod 11S

    • Plazmic Flame

      OnePlus One... wins.


  • jackabood

    if the dimensions are right then this phone is huge!!!
    it's even longer than the note 3

    edit: and they oppositely shown it under the xperia z2
    how can a 152.9 x 75.9 phone be under a 144 x 74 phone that's BS

    • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

      It was shown under the Z1, not the Z2.

      • jackabood

        thats some marketing bs

    • abqnm

      I'm more concerned with the slide that seems to indicate it may be covered in baby skin. Baby what?

      • jade laby

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        Coupe by working part time online. imp source F­i­s­c­a­l­P­o­s­t­.­ℂ­o­m

      • Jon

        Right there, second case on the left. You know, if this trend catches I can imagine changing the car seats to baby-skinned ones. The traditional leather industry is at risk!

  • Chad

    5.5" is WAY too big.

    • mlj11

      That's... not what she said.

    • Deus Ex Machina

      Maybe for your hands... Some of us prefer a larger phone...

    • vyktorsouza

      plus, it looks ridiculous for phone calls, seriously, no, stop it, don't cross the 5" line

      • imneveral0ne

        Luckily different people have different opinions. Sorry this phone didn't come in the size you wanted. Perfect size for me though.

    • RH

      5.5 too big for you, but 3.5 - 4.5 is getting WAY to small for my 50+ age eyes to see clearly. Nice thing about it these days, we have CHOICES.

    • Doakie

      I love my Note 3 and am seriously considering trading it for a GS5. But I'm so stuck on the possible loss of 0.6" of screen size. I love huge phones. Sadly my wife was the first one to have her Note 2 while I was still sporting the GS3. She's the size queen who can't possibly go with a sub 5.5" phone.

      • Nogger Black

        Nice humble-brag to refer to your wife as a size-queen...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What's so special about OnePlus's version of CM11 that they had to add an "S" to it?

    • Steve Jobs

      They are copying Apple

      • Luqmaan Mathee

        Only with the name. Other than they are adding quite a few things.

        • Myamo

          Well, the charging connector looks strangely familiar as well...

          • Luqmaan Mathee

            What connector? Where? :D

      • J.

        Thanks Steve! How's the connection down there?

      • dude

        With the "S" and the lightning connector, it seems so, I hope this leak isn't the final product.

  • Christian Martins

    I'am really waiting for this phone. It looks nice !

    • abqnm

      Except for the capacitive keys. Menu/home/back layout? I hope that is not real.

      • namesib

        I like those features.

        • abqnm

          I don't mind the capacitive keys, but the menu button needs to die. Seriously. If this phone uses a menu button instead of recent tasks, they obviously weren't listening to users enough because that is just stupid.

          • Aaron Huffman

            It's not a menu button, think it over, the menu button is DEAD.

  • Berend Jan van Bruggen

    I think it's an interesting phone, for that price I'm willing to take a gamble. And it's gonna be free on my 2 year contract. But I stay skeptical about the build quality... I'm holding my money until the "after 2 months" reviews come in.

    • J.

      I bought the Oppo Find 5 last year and it's still doing remarkably well, I think I spent about 340€ total on it (Including the 64gig version and Dutch VAT) because I bought it from their chinese website (before they had the EU website).

      Oneplus is a company that consists of a lot of Ex-Oppo employees so I'm sure the build quality be on par there as well.

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Name one for me and I'll happily go check it out, but it seems like every launcher I find uses a 4x4 grid on the homescreen for all its screenshots. Except LG's, and the one Samsung uses on their Galaxy Note series (but not their Galaxy S series).

        • K.P. Smith

          1) I'm pretty sure you replied to the wrong comment
          2) Most (read: any actively developed) launchers let you change the grid layout. You asked for names so nova and apex both have this capability.

          • Bryan Pizzuti

            Actually I didn't reply to the wrong comment, yet somehow it got posted to the wrong comment anyway, which is really weird. And yes, I did ask for names, so thank you.

          • K.P. Smith

            Also just a heads up, this phone runs CM11(S) which uses a custom launcher developed by the CM team called Trebuchet and if I'm not mistaken, Trebuchet let's you change grid layout as well. So this phone will let you run a 5x grid without loading any 3rd party launchers. The option would be in settings.

          • Bryan Pizzuti

            Yeah, I've got the APK for Trebuchet, and unfortunately you are mistaken, I don't see anything about changing the grid layout. That of course doesn't mean that the modified version in the OnePlus One won't support it, but we won't know that until someone gets their hands on the Other One.

          • KapteinStein

            Nova launcher.. Solved...

          • K.P. Smith

            Edit - I quit lol. Lead a horse and all that ....

          • Bryan Pizzuti

            Dude I have the APK installed and I'm looking in the settings for it. No dice. Sorry. But I did manage to find it in Nova Launcher, which just makes Nova so much cooler. :D

  • pytajnik

    I was hyped about this phone up until the point I found out that it's enormous. no thanks.

  • Brandon Miller

    It's at about the price that I'll probably take the gamble on it. Can always sell it and go back to my Moto X if need be. The Nexus 5 was my largest phone ever. I've always wanted to try out a really large phone but the prices have never hit the sweet spot. Guess this is my chance.

  • Godspoken

    DENIM? What on Earth lmao

    • flosserelli

      Yep. The Chinese have a peculiar sense of style.

      • Plazmic Flame

        Denim is HUGE in Japan

        • qu4ttro

          So am I.

  • yahyoh

    FFS the media need to stop hyping this phone -.-

    • Plazmic Flame

      Why? You mad?

  • mehim

    really hope the charging port isn't a non-micro one because that borders on deal breaker. Otherwise, really thinking of buying this phone if it won't be too much of a pain to get (I don't like the selling plan here) .

    I like the Xperia z, but the battery is inconvenient

    • dude

      I am willing to give them money, but this leak doesn't help so I hope the leak isn't true, there are some contradictions of the leaks compared to the official word from the CEO so I am ... pessimistically skeptical. The main reason why I didn't want the Oppo Find 7 is the size, it seems to be the case for this one as off now, but it''s going to be announced in 3 days. If not, I can still wait for the Moto X+1, I'm still very happy with the Moto X and wouldn't trade it for any other phones already out.

      As for the lightning connector, I think this is the one thing that made me hopefully this is fake, because it would be have patent implications and they wouldn't do that. And I do not want to help promote Apple's closed standards.

      • mehim

        True, i moved to android from the 3GS because i didn't like the apple policy (despite their superior appstore imho). a 5.5 phone is a bit big (even bigger than the note 1), but hopefully the bezel and the form factor will reduce that issue. about the charging port though, i have several mini-usb and its the one you find most at other users houses, so a special charging wire is not just a small inconvenience.

    • Göran Sävström

      I seriously doubt that they would put anything but micro USB on that phone, at least not if they want to sell in the EU. It wasn't that long ago I read something about being very close to "banning" Apple (don't remember the exact details, or how far they've come) for not following agreed standards...

      -Sometimes this thing with EU isn't that bad... like when putting a deadline on when charging extra for roaming need to be gone.

    • Aaron Huffman

      It will be micro usb.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    If only it wasn't a 4x4 grid...why is everyone so addicted to that on a 5 inch screen? It wastes SO much space, and makes everything look so frigging big....

    • J.

      Hey, just posting as a guest. But you know that there are a bunch of options to change the grid right? A ton of launchers and hopefully Cy.Mod. will include one in this build.

      I have the Oppo Find 5 (1080p 5") and I switched to a 4x5 grid on my custom rom.

      But if you don't want to mess around with that kind of stuff (custom roms, root etc) just get one of the launchers available for free on the play store (some paid but you don't need those)

      • dude

        Obviously he doesn't realize CyanogenMod's launcher is capable of changing grid size.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          No it isn't. I've used it. Actually installed it onto my G2. No option in Trebuchet for changing the grid size on the home screen. Nor was it in CyanogenMod itself when I set it up on my Nook HD. It SHOULD be in there, frankly more launchers should offer a 5x5 option...as well as a 3x3 option for those who are vision-impaired. And maybe it'll be in their custom OnePlus build. But it ain't in Trebuchet near as I can tell.

  • deltatux

    I think it's very interesting, only worried about its ability to be a one hand operation device. I know it's narrower than the Note 2, but not by much. It's in the middle of the Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 2 in terms of width...

  • strikeir13

    Capacitive navigation buttons? I hope that's wrong. Doesn't seem to be very cutting edge in that respect if true...

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      That first photo certainly seems to have capacitive buttons. Then again, one (of five) screenshots has virtual buttons. Guess we'll find out next week.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Evleaks has tweeted a while ago that it will have a choice of capacitive or on-screen.

      • dude

        No need for leaks or anything, if you follow the forum closely Steve Kondik personally confirmed it have capacitive buttons and onscreen buttons, you can turn off the one you don't want to use.

        • dude

          PS. This is the reasons why some screenshots shows onscreen buttons and some doesn't.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Why the hell would you have both capacitive and onscreen buttons?

          • KapteinStein

            Because Cyanogenmod is all about choice. If it didn't have capacitive buttons people would complain that it had a black bezel used for "nothing" like the HTC one m8

          • TheRealCBONE

            To make both onscreen button fanciers (aka suckers) and physical button proponents (aka studs) part of their potential buyer pool.

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          capacitive buttons for what to do?

        • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

          That seems really dumb. Half the reason for having virtual nav buttons is so that you can save space in the physical design and the save money on the components. This is me being a cynical bastard again, but I'm going to assume they're simply re-using a rather basic whitebox design and throwing in the option for virtual buttons as an afterthought that fits with the "enthusiast" marketing.

          • TheRealCBONE

            If manufacturers that used onscreen buttons used less bezel or kicked up specs accordingly, people would probably be more into them.

          • namesib

            Every phone with virtual buttons has enough space at the bottom for capacitive buttons. It's the virtual buttons that are wastes of space.

          • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

            Every phone with on screen buttons that i've ever seen still has the large bezel at the bottom. So, how is the idea dumb?

        • krudl3rx

          That is smart. The bezel has to be there, so give users a choice.

    • Jasper Guerrero

      considering that buttons, well it's a shame.
      sweaty hands = no response lol.

      but having on screen takes up some screenie. so either way i hated it. -_-
      Paranoid's PIE FTW.

      • Aaron Huffman

        Cyanogenmod has the pie as well, albeit not the same, but, it's still tasty pie.

  • Testraindrop

    Ok capacitive buttons are a good and bad based on personal opinion, BUT using (old) Samsung layout with deprecated menu key? seriously?

    • ins0mn1a

      what that tells me is that this leak is fake. think what you like about CM going corporate and all, but CM being part of a project that produces a phone with a menu button? i don't think so.

      • haroonazeem638

        I agree. They wouldn't release a phone with a menu button unless they are really stupid...which I dont think they are...

        • ins0mn1a

          on the other hand no one (1+ or cm) is denying that this leak is legit. so either this is yet another oneplus PR stunt and they will release something completely different in 3 days, or all the hype has been complete bs. the latter wouldn't be terribly surprising, i must admit. so much energy put into marketing, so many big words flying around, maybe they forgot to actually make a phone?

    • Aaron Huffman

      Even if the leak were true, it's impossible that they would actually use a menu button, think fo it as a new icon for a multitasking button without looking like a nexus/stock/on-screen.

  • ins0mn1a

    this looks wrong. the capacitive buttons in the first photo have the back button on the right and what looks like a menu button on the left. something like samsung circa 2012. wtf?!? also, the launcher / theme in the photo that shows dimensions looks completely awkward. some sort of touchwiz knockoff.

    my bet: some fans got tired of oneplus constant PR nonsense trickle and posted this to stir things up.

  • MelchiahX

    I have a feeling there's a lot of misleading going on from the OnePlus team. I remember the picture of the xperia z1 and that it had the OnePlus One underneath it. Yet according to these dimensions it doesn't add up. Nothing is official till the 23rd. I'm reserving judgment till then.

    • ins0mn1a

      they are saying that the Z1 photo was cropped so one couldn't see the bottom, i.e. it was only properly showing the width. lame.

      • MelchiahX

        Lame indeed my friend.

  • edinchez

    If it has Holo Light as a theme option, I'm gonna pee my pants.

  • balak

    Where's your stupid confidence level thingy, AP?

  • black

    Does this mean other devices will get this re-designed CM in the future?

  • haroonazeem638

    There is only one problem with these leaks. The first picture of the phone shows capacitive touch buttons. A back, home and MENU? buttons.....but the last screenshot show on-screen buttons.....

    • Aaron Huffman

      Not a menu button, go fish.

  • someone755

    I wonder if CM11S will be available for normal mortals to flash.

    • Jadephyre

      Someone will no doubt rip it from the device and port it to others, or at least provide a link to the sysdump

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    "a built-in theme manager that appears modified from stock CM11"
    Probably an early build of this: https://plus.google.com/communities/102878569352950531397

  • Godson (Jesus)

    What if I would tell you it's not thunderbolt, but USB micro 3.1?

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  • Anfronie

    That battery looks massive!