23
Apr
02

After all the teasing and big talk, the OnePlus One has been officially announced. Some of what wasn't revealed by the company in the lead up to the unveiling was leaked a few days ago, but now we've got all the details. This device is clearly going after the Nexus category of devices with a low price and solid feature set. Oh, and it has CyanogenMod.

The specs were revealed in a piecemeal fashion over the last few weeks, but let's just get everything in once place before we dig in.

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core, Adreno 330 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB LP-DDR3
  • Storage: 16/64GB
  • Screen: 5.5-inch JDI (IPS LCD) 1080p resolution with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera: 13MP Sony Exmor sensor (f/2.0, flash, and 4K video), front-facing 5MP
  • Battery: 3100mAh  (non-removable)
  • Weight: 162g
  • Size: 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Sound: Bottom-mounted stereo speakers
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS/GLONASS
  • Mobile connectivity: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz – WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/8 – LTE bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40

Pricing on the two storage sizes is looking quite competitive. The white 16GB version is going for $299/€269 and the 64GB black model will be $349/€299. That's cheaper than the Nexus 5 at both price points, and double the storage at the top. And yes, there's no 32GB tier. However, note the lack of a microSD card slot. The non-removable battery also lacks wireless charging, and OnePlus says there won't be a way to add it. So, you're stuck with USB 2.0 charging. The mobile connectivity should support most GSM/LTE networks including T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, but no CDMA 3G or Verizon/Sprint LTE.

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The design of the device is a bit plain, but inoffensive. It looks a lot like any number of Oppo devices in recent years, though this one has that snazzy new Cyanogen logo. The buttons on the front of the device are capacitive, and that does appear to be a menu button. I can only assume there will be an option to use it as a recent apps trigger. You can turn off the capacitive buttons entirely and make them invisible, however, thus making the software buttons appear, but be prepared to have a larger chunk of unused space at the bottom of the device in that case.

Note the press shots have the battery exposed only to show off the internals – the frame is sealed. We specifically asked about that. The back will have swappable "StyleSwap" plates (eventually) as previously announced, but the internals won't be accessible (think Moto G). Still, 3100mAh is a big cell – even bigger than the LG G2, which is much lauded for its longevity.

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06 04

On the topic of buttons, the custom build of CyanogenMod 11 (called 11S) includes an option to enable on-screen navigation buttons. That means you'll have some unneeded capacitive buttons, but at least you've got the choice. The new build of CyanogenMod also has the features you've come to expect including control of the theme (it's easy to use the standard CM look instead of the custom one seen here), SMS encryption, permission control, and a ton of customization options. It will have Google services built-in as well as updated CM Camera and Gallery apps. The device is designed to be open, so you'll be able to flash other ROMs and builds of CM to it, if that's your thing.

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1 10

So the OnePlus One is being marketed as making no compromises (i.e. Never Settle), but there are a few. There's no microSD card slot, no wireless charging, and no removable battery. These might not be huge issues for everyone, and the price is pretty impressive. We'll have to wait and see if OnePlus has made any other sacrifices that aren't immediately apparent. The OnePlus One might have a shot just on the basis of price. People put up with some of the Nexus program's shortcomings because the devices are cheap and have good software. CyanogenMod has a good reputation, but we don't yet know how well it'll work on this particular device.

General availability will be in mid-May in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States. Availability might be limited in the early days, so you might be left waiting for a bit. Oh, and there's that ill-conceived phone smashing contest starting on April 25th. The company will allow 100 lucky winners to destroy their current device to get a free OnePlus One. Okay, guys.

[OnePlus Smash, OnePlus]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Going to play with one of these in a week on the 29th. Outside of the lack of an SD slot and wireless charging, I'm moderately excited to replace the Note 3 with it. Can't wait to drop TouchWiz bloat for souped up stock Android again. The specs look great, but I'll have to see about the build quality.

    • Sourav Gupta

      it's bigger than note 3.

      • MITM

        And better than it too

        • hp420

          Of course it is...Note 3 is a 2013 phone, and the OP1 is a 2014 phone...you do the math ;)

        • Matthew Fry

          Depends on whether you like styluses or not.

          • letsplaaay

            Yep.. would sell my N3 and get this phone in a heartbeat I didn't like my S-pen so much.

      • Matthew Fry

        Note 3: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
        The 1+1 is longer, less wide, and thinner.
        I wonder if that ~3mm is enough to reach the other side of the screen with my thumb. The left side of the N3 is tantalizingly just out of reach.

    • dude

      Well I'm glad you'll be reviewing it and not Cameron, he was bashing them from the start.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I can't promise that I'll be reviewing it, but I'll be posting my thoughts to G+ for sure.

    • hp420

      Please review it, Artem!!! I'm dying to see this sucker in action....my N4 needs replacing soon and my birthday is coming a few weeks after this launches!

      • Simon Belmont

        Wait. I thought Harry Potter's birthday was in late July.

        Also, can't you just conjure up a phone with your wand? Ah, never mind, it's too early in the morning.

        • hp420

          Yeah, the end of July is almost a few weeks...and you should know by now we can't conjure muggle items like smartphones. I'll have to take a trip to Gringott's to visit my family's vault for this one ;)

          • Simon Belmont

            I figured you'd say that. I agree, that the end of July is probably stretching it for a "few weeks" though (it's really more like 3 months).

            You could cover Artem's OnePlus One with your cloak of invisibility and walk away with it. Hahaha.

          • hp420

            Well, my birthday is really the end of June, so it's about 6 weeks after launch. That should be just enough time to see how this thing performs in the wild before I pull the trigger.

        • CERN

          Wouldn't the phone short circuit or something? Cause magic and electronics don't go together,

          • Simon Belmont

            Mostly likely. I wrote that at like 4:45 AM, so I wasn't really thinking it through.

            It's not as if magic is like the replicators in Star Trek. Hahaha.

    • Dalvik

      Please review about their aftersales service too.

    • aaron cooper

      Funny, I don't use the wireless charging or need a SD card... IF they end the Nexus line, guess I'll be getting one of these...

    • Guest123

      Can't wait for you all to get a full review up of this device, especially CM running on it and battery life — CM ROMs can have issues there at times.

      I can live with everything this device gives and lack of — no SD, at least I have 64GB inside. . . No replaceable battery, at least the 3100mAh should last a full day easily even with pretty heavy use. And people I know could live with those trade offs for a price below the Nexus line. . . though, I would rather NO compromises :) . . . but I would rather have a great price.

    • jamesfuston

      I was eyeing the LG G3 because the G2 hit all the important features for me and I could tolerate its quirks. Now that this has come along at half the price, I'm very intrigued.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        The G3 will definitely be a phone to watch, no doubt. But it probably won't be out as soon, and will absolutely cost twice as much.

  • Guest

    Considering he spent about 45 minutes fantasizing about their build quality and design, I'm not too worried about that :)

  • Daniel Smith

    It doesn't support 800Mhz LTE Networks (Band 20).

    That sucks.

  • Chris P

    those screenshots suggest this has physical buttons. probably menu-home-back, too, as most "smaller" OEMs seems to use. If so, I'll pass.

    • Daniel Smith

      You can supposedly turn off the hardware buttons and enable software buttons.

      • Chris P

        Ah, that's a good sign then, especially if they are properly disabled!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      @disqus_QlQxGgknEy:disqus is right. You can turn them off in software, and they just presumably won't light up and will go invisible.

      • Chris P

        Well, I guess that's pretty dang sweet, especially if they're properly disabled... Still would suck if the Gingerbread menu key is one of those buttons... On that note (pardon my ignorance), are there any images that suggest what the button layout is? If it's not menu-home-back or back-home-menu, it might be bearable :P

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          It's menu, home, back, as visible in the first shots.

          • Chris P

            I can't see it, so I'll take your word for it. Also dang. :(

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
          • Chris P

            Oh... Damn, that's subtle! Cheers. :P

        • idlukakas

          Cyanogenmod allows you to change menu button for whatever you want.

          • Chris P

            Yeah, but the back button is illogically on the right. The icon won't change to your preference. At least they might be able to be disabled completely...

          • hp420

            My thoughts exactly...the menu and back buttons need switching if they are going with the AOSP design guidelines. I guess if I get this one I'll have to disable the buttons. I'm really more of a fan of software ones anyway, but it's disappointing that I would have to disable them just to 'correct' things, since IMO, AOSP standard is the only correct way.

        • hp420

          It says right in the article there is a capacitive menu button.

          • Chris P

            Dammit, how did I even miss that paragraph...

        • Aaron Huffman

          not a menu key, it's the multitask/recents key.

          • idlukakas

            Check Android Authority review.

          • Chris P

            Well, that's arbitrary silliness if it is so.

          • Aaron Huffman

            I don't see why everyone thinks it's a menu button other than the icon. OnePlus is a smart company and they know that the menu key is obsolete, and thus I deduct that it is a multitasking key.

          • Chris P

            I hope so, 'cause Oppo, LG, Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo, and (until recently) Samsung (I could go on) use the menu key...
            It would be odd, though, for a phone with this much thought put into it to have the *wrong icon* on its face... I'd have to disagree with the idea of it being a Recents button, as much as it should be. :/

          • Simon Belmont

            If it's a multitasking key, it's probably the type that you have to long press. I actually find it ironic that this phone is using a mostly AOSP based ROM, but they used a now deprecated menu key icon.

            Even Samsung finally switched to a multitasking key, but I digress. Either way, it's probably moot if you can switch to onscreen buttons.

          • Simon Belmont

            Well, it certainly LOOKS like a menu key. It could, of course, be programmed as a multitasking key, though (and, yeah, that back key placement is "ARGH" worthy).

            See: http://i.imgur.com/onrllAh.png .

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Now I'm just sitting here and feeling like an idiot who has spent 350€ for a 16GB Nexus 5 instead of waiting 4 months to get a 64GB OpO with the same price.

    • Bruce

      No... The nexus will be better. I bet you any money this device wont be as good as it seems on paper.

      • Kenne Phimmasonsouk

        Every CM build I ever ran into always had some sort of problem...it was never stable enough to run as a DD

        • Bruce

          Yeah no doubt, although in sure the software will be at least reasonably stable. What i was referring to was the hardware which will no doubt have a myriad of problems

          • Darklord

            why would it? the find 5 was fine, the xiaomi phones are also really good, Oneplus One will be made by Oppo's manufacturers. i don't see why you can't be a little more positive.

          • kirk

            I've only had one phone (out of 3) that CM wasn't stable (that was 3 years ago with CM 7.x). And once I found an unofficial build of CM for that phone (original htc incredible), that phone was incredibly stable (ha pun, get it).

            I mean over a month without any FCs, or ever needing a reboot... type of stable. The problem with the official build wasn't the ROM itself, it was a poor build by a volunteer device maintainer.

            I don't care what device your are talking about: phone, tablet, PC, or headless server, "month+ of uptime" is stable. I never really could let it just go for a long as I possible, because I did need to reboot to update my adblocker, or just to mess with things, or because I forgot to charge the phone.

            And how does that comapare to stock, for whatever device you want to compare to, (especially since CM did not have access to proprietary drivers)? Yep, that's pretty stable.

            My phone is fine (nexus 5, fwiw), so I'm not in the market for a phone for while. But if I was, I'd be watching this device, and it would be at the very top of my wish list.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          On the other hand stock Android on the Nexuses is totally rock solid and versatile, right? /s

          • Bruce

            Pretty much perfect IMO, nothing to prevent it being used as a daily driver...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I don't know if CM can't be used as a daily driver either, if you get off nightlies and stay with stable.

          • Roberto Giunta

            Well, depends on what you would describe as stable. The monthy M releases? Because the real "stable" versions mostly come out shortly after a new Android version. If you see it from that standpoint, you'd be better off with a Nexus that gets updates faster (if not instant if you just flash the update .zip for yourself).

          • Grayson

            Has there even been a stable Android 4.4 release of CM? Usually it doesn't go stable until the next version of Android is out... Which is a major fail IMO.

          • Bakaouji

            What's wrong with stock Android? Been using it on my nexus 5 for 6 months without an issue.

          • Simon Belmont

            Haha. Android 4.4.3 would like to have a word with you.

            But, yes, I agree with you that though it has bugs, most aren't terrible. They just add up to be annoying (but tolerable) over time. I have a day one Nexus 5 and the stock email client STILL can't download my attachments. Six months in and no attachments (couple that with a few other bugs, and it can be slightly aggravating, but not awful).

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Basic features missing for years (for example, no rotation lock on phones while it exists on tablets, no expanded volume on phones while once again it's there on tablets, etc), bugs lingering for months and years as well. Just watch our Bug Watch series.

          • Grayson

            Compared to CM, yes, stock Android is very stable.

        • nofearofimaginarymen

          Things must have changed because I used to always use CM as my daily driver because it would fix all the problems of what the phone would come with. Plus on my original evo, CM plus a good kernel was the only way I could get through a day on a charge.

        • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

          On what device? Official rom or community support port? Officially supported roms are very stable I have often used them as DD.

      • oldarney

        My guess, updates will take three months and be short lived, battery life will be poor, due to over advertised mah, it will be less stable, it will have weird issues like audio jack noise, touchscreen issues, crackling speakers, humidity issues and compatibility problems with some apps.

        • Bruce

          Yep crap like that is what im expecting too, hope in wrong.

        • dextersgenius

          That is the most stupidest post I've ever read here. Either you're deliberately trolling, or are you genuinely so pessimistic and misinformed?

          > updates: This is Cyanogenmod we're talking about. Updates never end. Even if CM officially stops them, the community will continue, because it's all open source and CM is still mostly community driven. And CM is generally quick on the ball with the updates, I'd imagine they would be even more quicker with a device they have full access to. I don't know where you pulled that three months figure from. CM11 for example was available only a month after 4.4 was released. Now that CM is an official OEM partner and passes the CTS and has full access to the device and has the resources, they would probably be able to release newer versions even sooner than before.

          > battery life will be poor, due to over advertised mah
          Really, overadvertised mAh? What makes you think it's fake? Why would they even do that? You do realise a Cyanogenmod phone's main audience will be geeks right, who will scrutinise this device? This is OnePlus's first phone, they have a lot at stake here. Why would they risk their reputation by false advertising? And don't forget that OnePlus is spinoff of Oppo, which has built a pretty good reputation in the market already. This isn't some cheap no-brand manufacturer.

          > it will be less stable
          And what's your basis for that? Any sane person would postulate that it would be _more_ stable compared to most bloated OEM ROMs out there, like TouchWiz. CM only includes minor tweaks, it's mostly just stock Android, and there's no bloatware included. No bloat + stockish codebase = more stability.

          > humidity issues
          lulwut? Now I know you're just trolling.

          >compatibility problems with some apps
          That's a give with *any* ROM. The very nature of Android and the market means it's impossible for any device to be 100% compatible with all apps out there. I'd argue that CM would be more compatible than TouchWiz though, given that it's mostly stock.

          • Grayson

            CM updates never end? I would argue that they never begin if you want a stable build. Where's the stable build of CM for KitKat? It's been 6 months...

          • duse

            Yep. OEMs have gotten their stable KitKat builds out sooner. What is going on over there, I have no idea.

          • dextersgenius

            With CM11, the milestones/monthly are considered stable for usage as a daily driver.

            See http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/cm-11-m4-post-release-items

            And would you rather have regular releases with updated features/fixes, than wait for many months for a so called "stable" build, like most manufacturers do?

          • Javier Maria Casares

            You're not being honest when you say that CM11 was available 1 month after 4.4 release. That wasn't CM11, that was 4.4 with CM11 logo. Most features were missing and a lot of issues were present. So, no, updates will take a lot more than a month. We're still waiting for some features to be ported from CM10. -_-;

            Even when it seems he is trolling I believe I understand his concerns. With such low price we might expect to see less quality. I hope it's not and will be a nice example for the companies like Samsung with overprices phones.

            Smartphones should be much more affordable than they are now. It's just that on high demand manufacturers can get much more from you.

          • dextersgenius

            Javier, that may be true but at least we get to run the latest Android code from Google rather than wait for eternity with no updates? And I'm not sure what issues you're talking about, I had practically none on my Nexus 4 with Milestone 1.

            The Nexus 5 is also pretty cheap, yet of a good quality, so I don't see why the OnePlus can't make a quality device at the same price point. Also keep in mind
            - They are based in the same country of manufacturer (so no import/export issues)
            - They are a very small team (no middle-men = saves cost+time)
            - Minimal marketing expenditure
            - Limited release

            All this translates to a much cheaper price point compared to other companies. And if the quality of Oppo devices are any indication, there's a good reason to believe that OnePlus devices may also be of a good quailty.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        I hope for the buyers that the device will be as good as it sounds. On the other hand, if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

        • Zack

          Too good to be true-like the Nexus program?

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Yeah. You see, Nexus devices have a lot of compromises despite having awesome hardware specs. Bad speakers, okay cameras and bad battery life being the most notable ones.

          • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

            ? My n5's battery lasts all day. Camera is great for basic point and shoot. And my speaker is just fine. I always see comments like yours from jealous Verizon customers stuck in a contract that want one. No one I know with one feels that way. Including myself!

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah, I'm always seeing people complain about the battery life. I actually can get 5-6 hours of screen on time in a full day on LTE.

            The camera had its foibles at the beginning, but they've been smoothed over a lot since then. It's much better hardware than people are giving it credit for.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Jealous Verizon customer? Get your facts straight, I don't even live in the US. Besides, I got a Nexus 5 myself. The battery lasts the whole day with moderate usage, but struggles when I throw in a little bit of gaming. Weekends is usually the time I game, so I always have a charger at hand. The camera is good as long as I use HDR+. But HDR photos take longer to be shot (due to taking multiple pics at different exposures and then combining them), so I mostly use the standard mode, which takes "okay" pics as mentioned in my reply above. Speakers suck. Really suck. But I can't ask more from a device half the price of any flagship. It's still a great phone and I enjoy every bit of using it.

    • Alphajoe

      It has to be horrible to have paid about half of the price of other top-tier smartphones to receive one of the best phones available. Only to find out, that months later another company brings out something new. I assume that's how idiot is defined.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        No. It's just so that I knew the OnePlus One is coming, but didn't wait for it and got a Nexus 5 instead. It's still a great phone and I have no intention of getting a new one anytime soon.

        • Alphajoe

          Then just stop feeling like an idiot. ;)

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            ok.

    • Kenne Phimmasonsouk

      Nexus 5 will get more support from Google. Where as 1+1 will get more cm build support. Both great. But I'd rather go with stock android.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        If you apply the default theme, CM 11S will also be stock android just with necessary additions without cluttering the UI.

        • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

          Necessary for who ? Not me!

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            You're not alone in the universe.

    • Simon Belmont

      But you got 4 months of usage (and hopefully enjoyment) out of that Nexus 5 and can probably sell it for not THAT much lower than the original price. Take that money and put it towards the OnePlus One, if you want.

      I've owned a Nexus 5 since day one and I don't feel like an idiot at all (I love it). The price on the OnePlus One is nice, but a Nexus 5 owner shouldn't feel like an idiot for not waiting.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        It's not that I regret it. It has been the most wonderful phone I have ever owned to be quite honest. Has served me well, I would be quite an ass to my phone to sell it now. If the OnePlus One is so good, then I think the situation will be the same 2 years from now with their flagship of that time and it will be my phone of choice in 2 years.

        • Simon Belmont

          Unfortunately, it'll always be the situation. You get a top kick phone and then a month later something new comes along that beats it.

          It's the nature of the beast. The mobile tech world waits for no one.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            That's true. That's the one aspect of mobile tech world I really hate. It's especially true in the Android world.

          • Lars Jeppesen

            Yeah progress is a bitch, ain't it?

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Nope, I hate how fast it is. People who got a flagship device less than a year ago are left with an obsolete thing.

    • MJ

      This is a real comment? Don't buy the OnePlus One because in another 4 months or so you will feel like an idiot again when the Nexus 6 comes out at the same price with better specs. Sigh... There are people who still don't understand that new shit tends to be faster, have better features, and cheaper then the previous shit?

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        The 1+1 has got top specs till the Q4. The Nexus 6 will come out in Q3 most probably. Nexus devices have usually some compromises at their price, the 1+1 doesn't.

    • jer85008

      I wouldn't. Four months is a long time, and you have no idea what you are really in for with the 1+1. I would wait this out for a few months to see how they perform in the real world and what kind of updates/support they get. If all is well later this year, then maybe...

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Yeah, you see. Same story. If you get a flaship now, half year from now it's obsolete.

  • Lumi

    Maybe I COULD forgive the lack of a microsd since they offer 64GB. But why must it be in black *sigh*

    • hp420

      ummm...did you watch the video??? Silk White is also an option.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Not on the 64GB variant.

        • hp420

          Oh, well that seems totally backwards and disappointing at the same time. Usually you get more options with the higher-spec models. Thanks for clearing that up.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Actually, it's quite common to see limited edition higher capacity versions because they are more expensive and therefore not as popular.

          • hp420

            I can see how that makes sense, but if the phone is like they claim, where replaceable back plates will be an option, it seems these covers would be interchangeable between the 16/64gb variants, so there wouldn't be any need to worry about whether a model of one color will sell better than another.

  • 4455

    Hoping for this phone to get publicly benchmarked by reps of various tech and Android blogs (and also get rooted?) witihin this week.

    • hp420

      Benchmarks are as inaccurate as they come...don't hold your breath for the results.

    • Aaron Huffman

      It's open to software mods and comes with compatibility with 3 roms at start I think.

  • dude

    My worse fear was confirmed, the original officially stated they would fit a 5.5" screen phone to a 5" body. Even though I am disappointed at the size, I might buy it to use as my tablet and backup device since the price is even better than expected.

    But I'm not sure about their idea of marketing for this device, both OnePlus and Oppo are subsidiaries of BBK. The OnePlus basically have everything the Find 7 does at cheaper price, so it's a strange to have their devices competing with each other.

    • dude

      Well except for microSD and removable battery, but I think it's a mute point due to the 64gb offering (and extra security for not having a microSD slot) and a cleaner rom that probably won't suffer from the same battery drain issue and bloated ui.

      • Nicholas Polydor

        moot

        • dude

          thanks. also I forgot about the VOOC charging for the Oppo.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Find 7 has a removable battery and an SD card, but I don't think it comes in a 64GB variant. Ultimately, I think I'd be fine with the OnePlus One.

    • Matthew Fry

      That's the downside of the phablet. Too big for a phone, too small for a tablet. I say that as a Note 3 owner. It is just slightly too big as my daily driver.

    • duse

      I haven't been following this device until now, but a 5.5" screen in a 5" body sounds like what many enthusiasts including myself want. I'm not sure yet if this phone is TOO big or not, and the price is more amazing than I expected, but that button arrangement sure is disappointing. Don't they realize that the last holdouts of the menu button (Samsung and LG) are just now finally ditching it for the recent apps key? Even if it's configurable, it's still a Menu icon, and it's in the wrong position (the Samsung position).

  • Alphajoe

    If it was 4.7" or smaller I'd consider it. It's not a matter of size, it's... ;)

  • Omar Feliciano

    As soon as I read CyanogenMod I lost interest. CM may be the most famous ROM out there in the community but is the most buggy an always half baked. IMO

    • Aaron Huffman

      If I saw it right, it will come with compatibility with MIUI, color os and another chinese rom.

      • hp420

        I must have read a different article than you, because I read CM11s, CM11, and AOSP.

        • Aaron Huffman

          It comes with CM11S, that's a given. A while ago, they also said that if you don't like the customness of the 11S, you can switch to 11.

    • Simon Belmont

      As soon as I began reading your post, I lost interest. Haha. :P

      Yeah, CM has its bugs, no doubt. So does every ROM. ;)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        And stock. Where things don't get fixed for years.

        • Simon Belmont

          Haha! So true. :D

          Lets hope that doesn't include the hissing mic issue with the Nexus 5. Where are you Android 4.4.3?! :)

        • Matthew Fry

          Literally. Years.

        • Grayson

          Seeing as CM typically takes about 6 months to get to stable builds, I'm not sure quick updates are going to be on the pros list for this phone.

          • duse

            Exactly. CM used to be the pioneer in getting updates to people more quickly than their OEMs. That and a desire for AOSP was why people used it. Now here we are 5 months after the release of KitKat and CM11 still doesn't have stable builds. I'm not interested in running nightlies and M builds perpetually. If they can't start releasing stable builds within a month or two at least of a new Android version, I'm not very interested.

          • Will Tisdale

            Yeah, they need to get their finger out. The OEMs release stable, tested carrier customised builds much quicker than CM manages to put out a stable ROM, and CM doesn't have anywhere near as many testing hoops to jump through...
            So what's the problem?

    • psychoace

      Most bugs are due to Cyanogen not having deep access to all the drivers and firmware. They have a tendency to make work arounds in order to get a working product when it comes to phones they aren't officially partnered with. This is a completely different situation.

      • Javier Maria Casares

        We will now see if the excuse of not having access to hardware is the only cause of so many bugs in CM. I certainly doubt it. But it's also valid that stock has many bugs that go without fix for months/years/ever.

    • hp420

      100% dead-on! CM is the biggest drawback this phone has, IMHO. They'd have done better just building AOSP for it.

    • Bakaouji

      If you buy a shitwiz phone and expect to have Cyanogenmod running smoothly, you're going about it wrong. Next time get a Nexus and try Cyanogenmod. You'll be surprised.

      • Grayson

        CM is buggy on the Nexus 5 as well Sherlock.

        • Bakaouji

          well then it's changed since I used it on my nexus 4. *shrugs*

          • Grayson

            Yup. Believe me, I used to love CM as well, but it has really gone downhill these last couple years.

    • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

      On supported devices it is smooth and stable. Community supported roms can be flaky though and I prefer omni. But I recently restored my nexus 5 back to factory I got tired of flashing and updating roms all the time

    • motoridersd

      That's ok, I haven't used CM in a long time either, but this is an open, unlocked, device, so you can flash whatever you want.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        This.

    • bukowski

      Quoted directly from the article:

      "The device is designed to be open, so you'll be able to flash other ROMs and builds of CM to it, if that's your thing."
      So what's your beef again? If you don't like CM, you can flash whatever you want.

      • Omar Feliciano

        Its not CM is all custom Roms, why give up a perfectly stable stock ROM for a half baked one that is just intended for fun. In my case I only root and remove the crap but keep stock because is the one with all proprietary drivers and stuff meant for the device and working 99.9℅

        Don't take me wrong I love CM & AOKP ( my favorites) but they are just for fun not for a fully working no hassle no extreme workaround or black magic to make it work 99℅.

  • hp420

    CM is an enormous drawback, IMHO. I love what they stand for, but I absolutely hate the rom itself. When I go rom "shopping" I deliberately avoid anything with CM like the plague. Ever since they made their drastic changes with 4.x they have been a major negative in my mind. That being said, it's open source, so I wouldn't mind having this running an AOSP rom....maybe Paranoid, or even just vanilla AOSP. The price is dead-on target for my range, so I'll have to see how things play out with updates before I can just pull the trigger, but things are looking good so far...this may just be the one to replace my Nexus 4!

  • idlukakas

    Where's always listening mod?

  • csgabor

    Could be tempting, but it's too large for my taste.

    • Tom Constantineau

      That's what she said... ;-)

  • muhkuhap

    What's the point in bottom mounted stereo speakers instead of top+bottom for real use while e.g. watching videos and stuff???!

    • Dani

      At least it's better than a non-stereo speaker on the back like the N4.

  • supremekizzle

    Too bad the fucker is huge. LG G3 should be what this should've been. I don't care if I have to pay twice as much to loose the extra size. I mean, what the fuck were they thinking with the capacitive buttons?

    • pr0vider1

      Potty mouth!

      • CERN

        Not trying to be a dick! But I find this sentence more offensive than the other.

        • Doakie

          That's retarded.

  • Simon Belmont

    This looks really interesting and the price, for the specs, seems great. I'm plenty happy with my Nexus 5, but I'll be interested in how it reviews.

    Shame about the lack of wireless charging, though (and it's a bit too large for my tastes). I really do love that on my N5.

    • Gepstra

      Goddamnit I too love my Nexus 5 but I can't contain myself when I read the specs and the price.

      • Simon Belmont

        @David VanHouse:disqus It's definitely tempting. Such a low price with great specs.

        The 3GB of RAM and 64GB of space, in particular, are tempting. But, I'll stay the course with my Nexus 5 (love it so much).

      • niuguy

        I feel ya. I love my N5 but us phone nerds...its hard for us. :) I'm put off by the size though. N5 is the perfect size for me and having had the note 2 i don't think I want to go back to that size...

        • Gepstra

          I too have had the Note 2 and I agree. I loved the size of the screen but sometimes it's just too uncomfortable in the hands.

    • David VanHouse

      I also love my N5 but its being sold as soon as I order this

      • Max

        ill buy it :)

      • WestSiide

        I wish the N5 had that 3100mah battery.

    • remister

      I think I will jump ship and see what the oppo train is all about. But generally depends what Nexus 6 will bring to the table.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. I plan on sticking with my Nexus 5 for a while (years).

        The Nexus 6 would have to absolutely wow me for me to jump to that. Stuff like 3GB of RAM, a better camera sensor, and a newer variant of the Snapdragon 800 series won't cut it, so it would have to be something showstopping.

        • Paul_Werner

          Totally with you on this one too. Especially since I went from the N4 to the N5 (sold my N4 to a co-worker to help me make that decision though)

    • Chris Cromwell

      I was
      really interested in this phone but the lack of wireless charging is a deal
      breaker for me. It just makes charging a phone so convenient.

    • ddpacino

      Coming from the N4 to the N5, the increase in text size (esp the notification bar) was a bit jarring for me. The device itself if still a pretty good size and comfortable. I'd still like something along the lines of a Moto X for Perfection, though.

  • 萨夫 侯赛因

    So.. No 50 mp camera?

    • Aaron Huffman

      the 50mp thing is only a software feature with Oppo's Find 7, you could have it do the same with any camera, it just looks so good that it could possibly get a little closer to the detail of a 50mp with the camera that it has.

  • Martin

    The best part of this is: Good phones are getting cheaper and cheaper and soon big manufactures like Samsung, Apple, LG will have to cut their off contract prices.. I always thought it's insane to pay $700 or $900-$1000 in some countries for piece of plastic.. Especially when you know the phone cost $100 - $150 to the manufacture.. :-)

    • pmdis

      If you're talking about the BoM cost, that's like pricing up bricks and wood and counting it as the cost of building a house.

      • Renan Lazarotto

        it sums up pretty much like this. if you count only the raw materials, you'll end up finding that a house cheap. what really costs you is the handwork needed to build it, also all the taxes and stuff. building a phone is exactly like this: the raw materials are cheap as f*ck (everything gets cheap when you buy huge amounts of it), but what makes the phone expensive are the handwork (well, much more the robot-work) and the brand. maybe the software that comes with it.

        • Cory S

          Architects to make plans for you are not cheap either. There is a lot of R&D costs in making a phone.

          • Renan Lazarotto

            ... which is exactly why it gets expensive. the fact is that a phone doesn't cost more than 150~200 bucks to be made, BUT before that cost could be achieved, lots of other "invisible" costs existed, like R&D.

          • Simon Belmont

            Also, advertising. Samsung, for example, spends multi-millions on advertising their products.

            The raw material costs are definitely not the only consideration. Totally agree.

          • niuguy

            Well, lets not forget that these companies are looking to make money in the end.

    • Guest123

      totally agree. . . a $250 phone shouldn't cost $700. We don't see those markups on laptops, desktops, HDTVs, etc. . . it's time the smartphone market stopped the high markups.

      • niuguy

        And most companies are STRUGGLING to make a profit in every one of those industries. The only companies making money are those who can persuade customers to pay a higher margin. TVs aren't nearly as profitable as they once were as prices have come down and 3d hasn't caught on.

  • Charles Miller

    Is LTE band 4 not Verizon?

    • Simon Belmont

      It's T-Mobile's. I believe.

      That's the band that my Nexus 5 uses on T-Mobile, at least. Heh.

    • flosserelli

      Sorry to dash your hopes and dreams, but this phone is not coming to Verizon.

      • Charles Miller

        Thanks for the reply. I had zero hopes of it coming to Verizon lol. I know much better than that. Was just wondering about LTE band and not the CDMA since I thought I heard Verizon started using band 4 LTE along with its band 13 LTE sometime in the winter.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha, off topic. I love those "X Years Ago Today" posts on the side.

    Two years ago we got Google Drive (wow, it's been that long already), and three years ago the ill-fated HTC Flyer. Awesome feature.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Oh god, the flyer...

  • Scott

    Looks very similar to an Oppo 7

  • Godspoken

    Whoaaaaaa! This might be my new T-mobile device. The specs sound amazing for the price, or even ignoring the price. My main gripe with my phone is the 1GB of RAM so the 3GB would be a godsend. Can't wait for the review.

  • Josh Flowers

    Man I'd jump on one of these in a heartbeat. My Note 3 is looking less & less appealing. But the 'invite' system will probably prevent me from getting one. I'd buy one same-day I were able to.

  • flosserelli

    This will work on T-Mobile? I thought their GSM bands were 1700 and 2100 MHz

    • Josh Flowers

      Yeah I've read conflicting reports as well about compatibility with T-Mo

      • dude

        I don't know how much clearer does it need to get. I support band 4 for both HSPA and LTE.

    • Simon Belmont

      WCDMA Band 4 = AWS Band 1700 and 2100. I believe.

      So, it should work. Also LTE Band 4 is T-Mobile's LTE, which this phone also has.

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    Visit http://kprocc.co.za/wp/?page_id=502 to get your mobile application under developement

  • nebsif

    They marketed its as a never settle device, but note 3 has a pen slot, bigger removable battery and bigger display is smaller body.
    They also marketed the company as fan driven, that we got to decide the specs, well guess what the majority wanted a 5 inch display and that overwhelming majority also wanted a mSD slot. They promised a 5.5 display in a 5 inch body, but delivered a surf board, gg.

    And the icing on the cake: today's tweet which reads "A Honest Company"

    Will not Settle for Oppo Find 7b.

    • flosserelli

      Simple solution: Don't buy one.
      For the $300 difference in price, I think I can live without those extras.

    • Renan Lazarotto

      I thought of huge phones as surf boards (exactly like you) until I got a Nexus 4 on my hands. Then a Moto X. I ended up buying a Moto X (4.7") and think of it as a small phone. Anything smaller than a 4.5" screen is tiny to me now.

      Like @flosserelli:disqus said, if you think that those features you whined about are worth $400, go ahead and buy a Note 3. Otherwise, you can just admire the effort put on this phone in order to keep its price reasonable while having the best specs one could ask.

  • Konstantinos Pap

    Who the heck uses wireless charging? Damn Americans and your "wow" features. gtfo

    • flosserelli

      People that are too lazy to connect their phone to a power cable. Yeah, Americans.

    • Michael Gillenwalters

      Troll!

      • MyLeftNut

        Not trolling, just ignorant. Best to ignore.

        • dude

          Silence! I concur.

      • Konstantinos Pap

        No troll at all. For such a phone, you don't have the right to say "no wireless charging or SDcard slot". B*tch plz.

        • Simon Belmont

          While I really like wireless charging on my Nexus 5, I wouldn't sack purchasing a phone JUST because it lacked it. I am an American, BTW.

          For me, I just happen to already be really happy with my Nexus 5. I'm still quite intent on seeing the reviews for the OnePlus One, though.

    • jesuguru

      Yeah, and who needs wifi when we have ethernet cables. Another useless "wow" feature. Remote controls? Get up and change the channel. Or go to the heck.

      • Konstantinos Pap

        What's the point of having the phone stand on a dock charging? Oooohhh so useful. On the other hand, your WiFi argument is totally random.

      • Renan Lazarotto

        hm, nope. unlike wireless charging, wifi is somewhat required. I don't mind putting a cord on my phone to charge it, neither I care about getting up to change the channel. obviously having a remote control is far more convenient, but I don't think there is any convenience on having a wireless charger. It still have to be connected to an energy source in some way.

    • Johnathan Rodriguez

      Clearly, the talk of someone who has yet to experience the convenience of wireless charging. You can never go back.

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Well I'm not american and love wireless charging.
      Damn Greeks and their xenophobia. Gtfo

      • Konstantinos Pap

        You understand that my comment shows neither xenophobia nor racism...

  • Roberto

    Smaller than a Z1 eh? Yeah right

  • DespondentPhoneSellerUK

    No Micro SD, but 64gb model available for a very cheap price, and considering what KitKat has done to Micro SD cards now, they're only really useful for music and photos. 64gb internal is more useful in my mind.

    • Lars Jeppesen

      Let's not forget games and video

  • Nicklas

    My thought process:

    1) Oh man, this is incredible. I'm sure it'll be expensive as hell though.
    2) €299? Jesus fucking christ. I'm sure it won't be avilable in Sweden though. As usual.
    3) HOLY SHIT, it's coming to Sweden!

    I'm not a big fan of the capacitive buttons, but seeing as that space has to be there either way, i'm glad they put it to use. And i'm even happier they give ME the choice to enable software buttons if i so choose to. This is a great phone, and the price is absolutely ridiculous. Too bad i'm not getting a new one until 2015.

    • Markoff

      you should really check eshops offering Chinese phones to get clue what are real prices of phones, this ain't eshop but news site, you can figure out what they are talking about even without speakign Chinese - mtksj.com

  • Jalok Xlem

    Hmm. After my graduation, should I get this? Or just be patient enough for the Nexus 6? A tough decision here. which one will replace my Galaxy Nexus?
    Well I do lean over to the open sourcey stuff ...

    • dude

      Nexus devices have always been compromised in hardware, I'm sure you know since you have the GNex. I really can't even see the next Nexus even get a camera as good as this one, this is coming from a big Nexus supporter. For the price, you should get it, unless you want something not as ... HUMONGOUS and have qi charging (ignore the troll that is about to reply me about why qi charging is gimmick).

    • hp420

      I'm having the exact same debate...but I'm coming from a Nexus 4. The biggest issue I'm facing is trying to decide how much better the cpu, gpu and ram will be in the N6...is that extra boost worth the inevitable $50/+ price bump? I honestly think having a 13mp camera may be a decent trade-off...Google usually sticks with a certain class-range of camera for a while with its devices, so I can't imagine the N6 getting more than an 8MP rear cam...plus, this one has an amazing sensor on-board!!

      • Jalok Xlem

        Hmm...Well, I guess it's up to our decision then if we should choose Customization over Processing Power. (One +1 vs Nexus 6)

        You know come to think about it, I am not complaining to much with my Galaxy Nexus right now. Although, it kinda sucks I can't play the modern games and launching Google Drive can take for ever to start up... *I might sound like a cheapskate here* So what is the point of me upgrading to a Nexus 6, if I am going to get the same experience like I did with my GNex?

        At least with CyanogenMod, we will still be able to get the core vanilla android experience, but an additional 'non-bloated' customization on top of it.

        yeah yeah yeah...
        "Hey Jalok, why don't you just root your phone?"
        Ha ha. Well I am a bit paranoid about rooting my phone (don't mind rooting my tablet), just because security reasons, and I have more valuable things on my phone than on my tablet. :/ Stupid I know. Well, it seems with the CyanogenMod being as a default stock *but customizable* ROM. I don't have to worry about rooting my phone since it is already "pre-rooted" for me, if that makes any sense.

        Maybe, just maybe we might see a price drop of the One +1 if Google releases the Nexus 6, to get an competitive advantage. But who knows. *shrug*

        • hp420

          I think your thought process is slightly backwards. Nexus devices have FAR more customization options available to them than any other device, IME. The main reason I use unlocked phones is that they usually get a better array of options for roms than those that are locked (I'm counting phones available in both configurations as bootloader locked...I'm referring to unlocked phones available only as unlocked for this purpose.) That said, even if this phone doesn't gain the development momentum some other unlocked devices may see, it will still get vanilla AOSP builds, as well as all the custom AOSP ones, so I'm perfectly content with that. I think the N6 will probably have some more powerful components, since Google is most likely still in the planning stages, but the OP1 will probably have a better camera, and a better battery...both of these are main selling points in my eyes, atm, since my last two phones severely lagged in this area. NS and N$ cams were just ok...nothing to write home about. I'm looking for something that snaps an amazing pic, but doesn't drain the battery doing it, all while boasting specs at least up to par with my Nexus 4, for around the same price I paid for it....this phone has that.

  • Vladimir Cuevas

    Crysis Sound Track XD

  • GreatNews

    Trying to figure out why the logo on the back of the Black version it changed to 2+ from 1+ on the Withe

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Optical illusion

  • br_hermon

    To each his own, I know but.... this phone is just waay to freagin big!

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size/Google-Nexus-5,OnePlus-One/phones/8148,8603

    • hp420

      When I had a 4.0" Nexus S I thought my sister's 4.3" Evo 4G was way too big...then I bought a 4.7" Nexus 4 and I love the size. It's sort of difficult to reach the far top corner one-handed for me, since I've got small hands, but this seems more like it's intended to be a phablet than a phone, so I'm cool with another 0.7" of screen.

      • Simon Belmont

        I remember when I had my HTC Hero (3.2" screen) and thought the, then new, EVO 4G (4.3" screen) was HUGE. I ended up getting an EVO 3D with the same sized screen.

        Then I went up to 4.7 inches and finally 5 inches with my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 5, respectively. I like to think the Nexus 5 with it's small bezels is the high water mark for comfort, pocketability, and screen real estate for my purposes.

  • Lookatthemonkeys

    The lack of wireless charging is disaoointing :( I have learned to love it with all my Nexus Devices. Is it really that hard to put it in? Isnt it super cheap?

    • hp420

      Not in the manufacturing stage, but according to reports, the phone is SEALED...like glued, welded...something of the sort, so it sounds. So adding in wireless charging aftermarket sounds like it 100% can't be done. Without having access to the battery contacts, at the very least, there isn't anything you can do about it, either. I had a thought that maybe Qi-compatible back covers may pop up on ebay, amazon, etc. but if reports are correct, removing the replaceable back plate won't give any access to the parts necessary to accomplish it.

      • Lookatthemonkeys

        They should at least do what Samsung does and leave the contacts for 3rd party backcovers

        • hp420

          Yeah, that would be a great idea!! Pogo pins are super cheap. My NS4G used them for the NFC chip located on the battery cover and it worked wonderfully!! Maybe if it's not sealed in such a way that it can be closed back up after 'surgery' it could be do-able....here's hoping, because though the lack of Qi isn't a deal-breaker, I'd definitely like to have the option on my next phone. My Nexus 4's usb port is so loose if I even lightly touch the plug while it's inserted it falls right out. I'd like to avoid this happening in the future.

  • joe daddy

    It really sucks that many of us will not be able to buy this device right of the bat!!!! Turns out u need an invite to even buy one :...(

  • Defenestratus

    No wireless charging == bust.

    • Simon Belmont

      I was sad about that, too. I absolutely love that on my Nexus 5.

      That being said, I don't need (or want) to replace my Nexus 5. I'm perfectly happy with it.

  • David Peterson

    lol I love the video where the guy is drawing the design and keeps starting over... "Should it be a rectangle? Or... Rectangle!"

    • Jalok Xlem

      I was hoping they would have came up with a oval shaped phone concept! :P

  • Rodrigo Chiong

    According to this hands-on video from Android Authority, you can remove the backplate (which doesn't mean the battery is user replaceable anyway)...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evEiekq_Di8&feature=youtu.be

  • Chris

    Holy craaaaaaap this is exciting. 64GB what up. I have to wait for a review, but if reviews are good, I WILL buy this. Gotta support a company making a huge move like this.

    At 64GB I don't mind no microSD card. I am a huge fan of removable batteries tho...

  • AL-GODSON

    My Galaxy Note2 (my last Samsung phone), just started force closing this article on me, it can sense I've found her replacement. and I'll be done with always having the second to the newest ROM.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. It's become self-aware.

      Impending doom will do that to an inanimate device. "I can't let you do that, Dave."

  • Kevin

    Don't settle.... ok... that means I won't be buying this though. If I wasn't to settle this would need to have wireless charging, be waterproof and have an sd card, I know not everyone wants those and that is fair enough, but not settling means having absolutely every feature. in all honestly though, if this was waterproof I'd probably want this, I do want the option of listening to spotify whilst swimming. pity really

  • Adam Truelove

    Software before hardware for me. So if this thing doesn't get the latest version of Android within a week of it hitting AOSP, forget it. Specs mean nothing if it's running an old OS.

    • deltatux

      Since it's easily moddable, as long as enough people get it, software developers for it will pop up on XDA Developers. In which case you'll be fine. Plus, OnePlus did announce 2 year software support.

  • someone755

    Prepare for it to sell in my country for 500€.

  • Cuvis

    You know, I was hoping that, as a phone aimed at enthusiasts, this would have a removable battery and a MicroSD slot. Why is Samsung seemingly the only company willing to build these features into high-end phones?

    • Desolutional

      The Oppo Find 7a/7 has it too, ;)

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Can we get some confirmation about T-Mobile compatibility. I'm reading lots of reports that it's not compatible with all of T-Mobile's bands. Is this correct?

    • Simon Belmont

      It is definitely compatible with Band 4 LTE. That's T-Mobile's LTE band.
      As for HSPA, that's a bit more nebulous. I don't see the AWS band mentioned (1700/2100) in the specs, though it can do the refarmed 1900 band, apparently.

      EDIT: I don't know how I missed this, but it should be able to do HSPA+, too. I somehow missed the WCDMA bands (it can do 4 which is the AWS band for T-Mobile).

  • Frank Lopez

    capacitive buttons?

  • Debadatta Bose

    That CyanogenMod logo looks VERY sexy on this. Wow. Didn't realise it was this good.

  • czr

    But u cant buy it we need an invite to buy this phone wtf thay really is a huge draw back!!!!!

  • Huzefa Shakir
  • Matthew Fry

    I see CM is as polarizing as ever. While I think the capacitive buttons are kind of annoying (wasted bulk) I wish it was the situation with my Note 3. I can turn off the buttons but the phone app becomes unusable.

    • Guest

      It's an AOSP Android thing. Anyways in CM you can go FULL SCREEN IMMERSIVE MODE and have no status bar or navigation bar at all, and all you do is either swipe up or swipe down and the buttons will appear on top of app.

  • supremekizzle

    I know I won't settle on this...

  • Debadatta Bose

    That CyanogenMod logo looks sexy. ;)

  • JazzEspresso

    Nexus 5, please step aside :-)

  • nxtiak

    Wait, it uses Lithium Polymer BATTERY?!?! This thing is gonna blow up, why didn't they use Lithium Ion like everyone uses.

    • Simon Belmont

      Lithium Polymer batteries are often used in a sealed battery situation. Lithium Ion batteries are used for removable batteries.

      I forget why that is. Something about the longevity (charge cycles) of LiPo being higher because you can't replace it easily since it's sealed up, but LiIon batteries are cheaper to make so removable ones end up being that type.

  • cynojien

    This thing sounds amazing. There is only one thing that immediately killed any idea of me picking one up. 5.5" is way to big, that isn't a phone. The Nexus 5 is just barely pushing to much. Give a model anywhere from 4.0" to 4.8" and I'll buy one in a heartbeat.

  • Arthur Dent

    YAY!!! So now people can start begging for invites to give OnePlus their money???

  • Arthur Dent

    A fucking menu capacitive button in 2014? Seriously??

    • Markoff

      what you expect? it's just cheap chinese phones where they removed micro SD slot, added 1GB RAM extra, better CPU and NFC, phones like this cost in China from 1000-1300RMB

      • Gepstra

        Just like the Oppo Find 5 with a metal body right? First phone with a 1080p screen? Yeah cheap chinese shit.

    • Drone

      I prefer them over touchscreen buttons. That was the reason I never opted in for a HTC One. I think the company chose wisely.

  • Shaques

    WTF? Are we ever going to get a reasonable contract free phone on Verizon? That's probably dumb question.

    • deltatux

      As long as Verizon is stubborn about CDMA, nope.

    • Danny Lewis

      Verizon is still the most locked down carrier. :( At least Sprint allowed the Nexus 5 to work on their network, but from what I can tell, it doesn't do CDMA.

  • RH

    Looking forward to reviews and "real world" testing. CM has been pretty good at tweaking, but, I need my device to be STABLE. I don't have time to be rebooting it 3-4 times a day, which is why I've hung onto my old Note1 that is still running 4.1.2 I can go weeks with it running 24/7 without having to reboot.
    I don't buy devices that are "1.0" versions....I'll let you bleeding edge gotta have it now guys do the grunt work before I plop down my greenbacks.

  • miri

    Whatever merits the phone actually has, I'd imagine their ad campaign does them no favors.

  • Colin Kealty

    Just got an HTC One, but I'm still within my return period and this thing looks incredible.. I just need to know if it'd be available in canada and if so when :/

    • deltatux

      It will, Android Police left us out for some reason...

  • ElectroHau5

    WHAT THE FUCK??? NO VERIZON SUPPORT? Jesus, I'm still on my S3 with unlimited data waiting for a ~$300 phone since I no longer get subsidies.

    • deltatux

      As long as Verizon stays stubborn with sticking with CDMA standards and making their LTE incompatible with other devices, you're pretty much stuck.

  • deltatux

    Two concerns: why capacitative buttons, why limit yourself? Also, still never understand why is the back button on the right? Second, seems very wide for one handed operation O.o... Seems like they already failed on the "Never Settle" slogan if I have to settle with either losing screen real estate or going back to capacitative buttons. Real classy OnePlus...

    • Simon Belmont

      You know. I glanced quickly at your post and saw "never settle" and "real estate" and thought you were making a pun about selling a house.

      A realtor wouldn't want to "never settle" or they'd lose their shirt. Hahaha.

    • ThatFool

      pretty sure you will be able to choose between onscreen or capacitative buttons

      • deltatux

        You can but the capacitative buttons will still be there making the bottom bezel thicker than it needs to be and you'll still see those pesky buttons...

    • Android Developer

      For some reason, I don't see any buttons on the front.
      back button is usually on the right and I prefer it this way since I'm right-handed .
      The weird thing is that it's on the left in case you switch (on devices like the nexus which has the buttons on the screen) the language of the device to an RTL language (like Hebrew).
      Anyway, if it's CM and maybe it's easy to root it, so you might be able to change this anyway.

  • John Smith

    why have a non-removable battery? That just says "this phone will last you for 2 years" because everyone knows that a battery drains noticeably faster after just 1 year.

    • deltatux

      My phone hasn't lost capacity since I first got it and I have a Nexus 4 ... not sure what you've been doing to your phone buddy...

      • Simon Belmont

        Heck. I have a B&N Nook Color from 2010 and it still retains a really good charge.

        That's a nearly four year old device that I can still get 4-5 days of idle (connected to Wi-Fi) or 6-7 hours of screen on time. Not bad, especially for a device that I've flashed and flashed to death with versions of Android from 2.1 all the way to present day 4.4.2.

    • David Li

      They said that you would lose 20% of the capacity by making it removable. You can pay for a battery swap when the life of the battery becomes unacceptable.

  • SpiderDice

    Is this going to be rooted out of the box?

    • Ivan Myring

      No, you can't get gapps certification with root out of the box

      • SpiderDice

        K, thanks!

  • ScratchC

    how can I order one though? from where?

    • deltatux

      Available directly from manufacturer starting mid-May. During this time, it's in a invite system. General availability expected by end of June.

      • ScratchC

        thanks

  • Liquid Snake

    No release for Canada

    • deltatux

      yes there is, Android Police for some reason omitted Canada from the list.

      • Peter

        Canadians will be able to get it through OnePlus USA.

  • rasik

    Finally getting a new phone after 2 long years..sorry S3

  • Doakie

    "but be prepared to have a larger chunk of unused space at the bottom of the device in that case." Still not as long as the M8's Jay Leno chin. I thought that the extra space under the M8 screen would drive me crazy but once I played with the M8 I forgot all about that extra HTC advertising space.

    I'm also going to wait for a review on this phone before I switch out from my Note 3. I really have to know if they have fully baked camera software and firmware. One of the only things tempting me away from my Note 3 is the GS5 because of its better camera. This 1+1 phone is very tempting in its screen size and hardware specs. I'm a fan of 5.5+" screens so this is right up my alley. BUT I STILL HATE THE NAME.

  • Alvin Brinson

    I wonder how much Apple paid to have their logo featured prominently early in the promo video?

    • David Li

      I realized that Carl's entire presentation mirrored apple. He constantly compares the OPO to Apple's iPhone, He states that the Oneplus One is the closest phone to the IPhone in terms of camera quality. Who admits that their competitor is better?

  • Mario E Hdez

    Must admit I'm impressed with specs on paper tied to that price point but I wish there was another model that was closer to Nexus 5 dimensions. Hope to see this trend of great phones at affordable costs continue.

  • LovetheOnePlus

    Perfect, nice screen, nice cameras, nice processor, nice ram, and someone finally has the balls to put capacitive buttons back into play.Those buttons really help when you need things custom mapped for ease of use. At 64GB I might give them a pass on no SD card, Wireless charging...well, If I had been using it I would probably complain, I haven't been using it though. The removable battery is going to be a gripe for sure though. I guess for a Nexus competitor it really isn't though. If the build quality holds up then this is going to be a great phone.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Nice price and you get cm11

  • Matchstick

    No 800MHz GSM/3G or LTE Band 20 support = no proper network support in Europe.

    WTF would they choose this area as the place to try cutting costs ?

    • David Li

      What carrier uses 800MHz 3g? They cannot enable every band on the phone.

      • Desolutional

        4G-b20 is used by almost EVERY european carrier. Hardly any use 800MHz 3G (which is a good thing for 4G-b20).

      • Matchstick

        800Mhz 3G support may not be a big deal but missing out LTE Band 20 most definitely is in Europe.

  • Scrap Artirts

    Can you let us know about the LED Notification light plz :D

    • dude

      Android Authority hand on didn't show it, but said it will be a multicolored LED on the earpiece.

  • John Jones

    Between cloud storage and 50ish GB on-board storage, is lack of a SD slot really as big of a drawback as it used to be? I stream my 40GB music collection through Google Music from pretty much anywhere, all my docs are on Drive, and the movies and TV shows I carry with me only take up a few GBs.

    I used to be one of those people who turned my nose up at any phone without a SD slot, but the more time goes by, the less it's actually needed.

  • http://www.bloodflame.com/ Patrick

    This is awfully tempting at the price point. I was hoping to get a Find 7 (but definitely not the 7a), and although I still like that phone a bit more, it's pretty difficult to deny $350 for specs like this. We'll see if I get selected for the "smash it" promo. I'll be pretty pissed if I smash my Nexus 4 and end up not getting a 1+1 for it!

  • Markoff

    I don't understand all the excitement about this phone, phones with similar specs (5.5" FHD display, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM) can be bought in China from 1000-1300RMB, so here for 500RMB extra you will get better CPU, additional 1GB RAM and NFC, so what's so big deal about this phone? oh yeah, international availability, I forgot people outside China are charged like 50-100% than are local prices in China, but for someone based in China I don't find it as particularly amazing deal especially knowing all these Chinese producers who are always just building hype, announcing something, then releasing in limited release and doing wide release when there is always cheaper competition

    same thing happened with Xiaomi Mi3, it was great deal at time of announcement although impossible to get it, while now when it's finally available it's just overpriced average phone which can be bought 50% cheaper under less known brands

    • URaChineseBitch

      The reason you get cheap prices within China is because the government allows pirates to rip off others work without punishment. Then they sell you the cheap piece of shit, made from inferior materials, so they can take the money and run. The civilized nations don't allow that, So in a fair market it costs more to produce, because they have to CREATE a product to manufacture, and we pay more as consumers.

      • Markoff

        so what they rip off in those cheap Mediatek phones? where are civilized nations producing their phones? anyway, I dunno why am I responding to racist troll...

        • MarkoffisAcunt

          Mediatek is an inferior knockoff of a generic chip design by a simple license. We produce our phones in research laboratories, then have them manufactured in China. Then China sells the plans to the quickest buyer so they can make shit products out of inferior materials. That's exactly how it works, and that's exactly why Mediatek breaks GPL by refusing to release source for their kernels. China is a huge pool of scamming assholes.Don't like the truth? Make a change, read a book, fall out of the norm.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          While I don't completely agree with everything he's said about Mediatek, he makes some VERY good points. You know China's copycat culture screws over innovators.

  • Cao Meo

    This is great deal if you can buy 1 soon and not some 4 or 5 months later, and if customer support including future upgrades is good.

    • READ

      It will probably be held up for 4-6 months before a public release. And if you READ the article, it is running Cyanogenmod....CM may be unstable and missing features most of the time, but it does get timely broken features updated quickly

  • Woot woot

    Crysis 3 lol

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    at first, i was pretty pumped about this...however, no wireless charging will be a downgrade for me at this moment. I've been using Nexus 7 (2013), nexus 4 and now nexus 5 exclusively so i've been on wireless charging for the past 10 months at least. Having to use USB charging will be like going back in time. Hopefully, gen2 will have Qi wireless charging.

  • Silicon Slick

    I want one, signed up to receive emails but I am not sure how to get one, I LOVE it,,

  • tdurden64111

    What we need is a montage! A MONTAGE! Even Rocky had a montage!

  • A S

    I can't wait for the full review. This phone looks amazing and almost too good to be true.. but..

    - What are the cons and disadvantages?
    - How user-replaceable are the components?
    - Does OnePlusOne offer 'good' customer service?
    - How will updates work on this? I'm going to assume that Cyanogenmod will send (timely) updates, but if I bought this phone, I'd love to have it supported for +2 years.

  • Justin Brennan

    Got the Nexus 5 two months ago, can't wait to get my hands on the 64 gb model ;). So excited for mid-may!

  • Peter W

    no wireless charging is unfortunately a no go for me. Ever since i started using it there's no going back

  • street angel

    Iv got to ask when exactly and where is this device gonna be available at? Iv fallen in love with this device. seen a review on this phone and its so much better then even the new (m8).

  • abhinav

    m really exited want that mobile soon
    m live in new delhi,india
    plz launch that mobile in india
    m requested 2 that company
    plz in india

  • Akhilesh Mishra

    I want to buy this smart phone right now....

  • Rama

    Looks to be phone is going to beat all other phones in the market... I want to know when this mobile will be available in India?

  • Shivani Jariwala

    when will release one plus one in india ??