For a relatively new mobile startup, the OnePlus One sports an impressive spec sheet and an even impressive price tag. While no one knows how the actual handset will look, the hype around it is pretty high, all thanks to the company slowly but steadily revealing key information about it.
OnePlus One: Specs, News, Features, Reviews & Apps
OnePlus has been constantly teasing consumers with the specs and features of its upcoming handset — the OnePlus One. It has already revealed nearly all the specs of the handset which includes a 13MP 6-lens camera, Snapdragon S801, a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a 3100mAh non-removable battery. However, up until now, apart from the hype, not much has been known about the handset’s look or its UI.
There’s quite a lot that we know about the OnePlus One, thanks to bits and pieces of information provided by the company over the past several weeks. The manufacturer has now shared one more hardware aspect of the device today with the ‘always listening mic’ feature. This is similar to what we see on the Moto X and will allow users to wake up the device or perform other actions without actually having to hold or unlock the One.
The OnePlus One smartphone is set for an unveiling soon, but the manufacturer is yet to make things public about the device. However, thanks to tidbits of information available directly from the manufacturer and mostly from the CEO Pete Lau, we have been able to decipher some secrets of the handset. So here’s a rundown of what we know about the OnePlus One so far.
Remember when Oppo announced that they were going to make a CyanogenMod version of the N1 and how everyone was all excited about that device? Well, it turned out no one really cared once it actually started shipping because it was too big, too expensive, and didn’t really do anything that the $349 Nexus 5 couldn’t do. Pete Lau, who worked on the CyanogenMod project at Oppo, felt he could do a better job, so he left Oppo to start a new company called “OnePlus”. Today, OnePlus is confirming that they are CyanogenMod’s new official hardware parter and that they’ll launch a phone during the first half of 2014.
Pete Lau is a name you’re probably not very familiar with, but he made headlines several weeks ago when he announced that he was leaving the Chinese handset maker Oppo. Now Oppo wasn’t really that important to begin with, but the press showered them with attention when they announced that they’re working together with CyanogenMod. Pete was the guy who oversaw the CyanogenMod project, and he felt he could do better without Oppo. And that’s how OnePlus was born.