We have seen the price baseline adjust substantially in the Android market recently, with the highly affordable Nexus handsets. ‘One’ by OnePlus is yet another handset that packs top-end specs but comes with an extraordinary price of $299.
It is important to note here that OnePlus One, with its specs and the price tag, can take on not only the Nexus smartphone line-up but also the Samsung devices. That is because it packs the same specs as Samsung’s top-end and highly-expensive smartphones. But it’s price tag is as affordable as that of the Nexus handsets.
To give you an idea of why we keep calling OnePlus One a top-end handset, here are its specifications: it packs a Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core processor together with 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p display, safe behind Gorilla Glass 3 layer. The rear camera is a 13-megapixel beauty and there’s a 5-megapixel front camera for some quality video calling.
OnePlus One includes a 3100mAh battery, which by the way isn’t removable and is somewhat of an annoying constriction. It comes with a number of connectivity options, including LTE. The 16GB version of the handset costs $299 while the 64GB variant comes at $349.
The good and the bad:
OnePlus One packs some really stunning specifications at an unbelievable price tag. The best thing about this handset is that it runs CyanogenMod, which makes the user experience very customizable. This is the first time CyanogenMod is arriving on a handset as its default OS and we’ll be interested in seeing how this plays out in the hands of the users. You get to have very many awesome features such as countless customization options, SMS encryption, permission to flash ROMs as well as an open access.
The downside of this handset is that it doesn’t come with a removable battery. Moreover, there’s no SD card slot, so you can’t expand the storage space on the handset except by going from 16GB to 64GB and that’s the glass ceiling. In all, this looks like a beautiful piece of hardware together with a very innovative OS and we certainly look forward to checking it out. The handset is due to arrive in Europe, U.S. and a number of other countries by May this year.
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