On October 27, at 15:00 GMT (or your local equivalent), you’ll be able to order yourself a brand new OnePlus One whether you have an invite to buy one or not. For just one hour the phone will go on sale for anybody to buy, but after that hour it’ll be back to the invite only system that the company currently has in place now.
OnePlus is a new startup company that are creating a Cyanogen based phone with very high specs and a very low price tag. It runs Cyanogen 11S on a Snapdragon 801 Quad Core CPU running at 2.5GHz and a whopping 3GB of RAM. A 5.5″ full HD IPS display offering a pixel density of 401PPI, protected by Gorilla Glass 3, as well as a 4K capable 13 Megapixel rear camera, and 5 Megapixel front camera round off the main features. And finally all the usual trimmings of a high end smart phone are also present, such as 4G support, up to 64GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3100mAh battery and finally dual bottom facing speakers (Why can’t more manufacturers have front facing speakers? It makes so much more sense in my opinion).
The One weighs in at 162 grams and measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm (Height x width x depth) which makes it taller and wider than both the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6, and heavier too. “Silk White” and “Stone Black” are the available colours, but the main selling point of the OnePlus One is its price – it’ll cost just $299 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 64GB model.
For me personally the 16GB model would be just fine, and the specs demolish my Galaxy S3 in every way I can think of – better screen, bigger battery, more RAM, faster processor etc. And it costs far less than any competing model with both the GS5 and iPhone 6 currently on the market for over £500 – a huge difference to the price tag of the One. As for this hour of general sale, well they’ve already sold 50,000 via invite, so I can certainly see it selling fast when it goes up on October 27.
So will you be buying the OnePlus One? Or are you happy with your current smartphone? And do you think that the price tag will mean corners have been cut in the quality of the end product? Let us know.