Most flagship phones are announced with a particular street date when you'll be able to buy them, or at the very least get in a pre-order. Not the OnePlus One. Oh no, this phone is in such short supply that the company has an invite system in place. After a short delay, the first wave of lucky invitees are about to get their phones.
The hype machine for the OnePlus One continues to accelerate, and since part of its charm is that it runs a customized version of CyanogenMod, it's only natural that the creators are quick to release the necessary source code. While the device and build repositories for the phone's unique "11S" ROM aren't available yet, you can download the kernel source code here. Talented ROM developers should now be able to build a standard AOSP or CyanogenMod release.
You still can't really buy one even if you've got money to burn, but the OnePlus One has official support for TWRP now. So at least there's that. In case you were wondering, the device codename is bacon. Obviously.
Can you make a smartphone without compromise? Is it possible to cram top-of-the-line hardware into a slim phone body, then fit it with well-regarded software, then sell it for about half the price of competing devices, and call the resulting product a "flagship killer?" Can you, as the ceaseless OnePlus promotion machine so succinctly puts it, "never settle?"
In a word, no. The OnePlus One, the maiden Android phone from a boutique manufacturer, is not completely without its shortcomings (or indeed, its compromises).
Sometimes when the internet really, really wants to believe something, no amount of evidence to the contrary will convince people. Such was the case with the OnePlus One and its phantom microSD card slot. The company said there is no SD card slot and the review units have no microSD card slot, so what's with the growing number of stories about a secret microSD card slot? Well, there was a mix up with the manual.
Hardcore Android fans are hard to please. We should know. So for a new company to attempt to please the most vociferous of Android users with a high-end phone that also manages to compete on price is ambitious to say the least. But that's what OnePlus, with their One phone, is doing. And if a day or so with the phone is indicative of the overall experience, they might have actually achieved success.
Since officially announcing the OnePlus One late last month, OnePlus has found that people were far more interested in the 64GB version of its phone than the smaller, 16GB option. This has led the company to re-evaluate its priorities. Now instead of rushing to get the 16GB Silk White option out as early as possible, it is pushing production back in favor of getting the 64GB Sandstone Black model out sooner.
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.