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OnePlus One, High-end smartphone under Rs 18000 ($300)

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Editor's Review

9.4
8 Design
9 Quality
10 Specifications
10 Value For Money
10 Price

A spec hipster’s dream smartphone has just became a reality through ONEPLUS ONE. Ever heard of name ONEPLUS?? ONEPLUS is a new Chinese start up mobile company which was founded in 2013 December. Oneplus ONE  is the only smartphone which offers breathtaking top of the line specs at very low price point than any other flagship out there. The response for the phone’s killer features was great. Why did Oneplus campaigned their ONE smartphone with tag line “2014 flagship killer”?? Seriously?? Does it really have the mettle to affect the craze of other smartphone Giants. Let’s find out.

PRIMARY SPECIFICATIONS:

Oneplus one runs on CyanogenMod 11S operating system based on Android 4.4 Kitkat with the latest 2.5GHz Quad core Snapdragon processor coupled with Adreno 330 GPU accompanied with 3GB Ram. It has giant 5.5 inch full HD display of 1920*1080 pixels resolution at 401 ppi(pixels per inch) protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla glass 3. With a 13MP Sony Exmor camera it can capture 4k video recording and a slow motion video 720p video at 120 frames per second(As we have seen in iPhone 5S). It can capture good quality images in low light too, and a 5 MP front facing camera with 1080p video recording capabilities. And also a 3100 mAh battery. The back panel is removable and users can swap between different coloured back shells. ONE releases with two memory variants: 16 GB Silk White at $299 and 64GB Sandstone Black at 349$.

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You can watch an official video about ONEPLUS ONE designer in action and phone’s features.

WHAT IS CyanogenMod?

logoMany of you might not be familiar with the term CyanogenMod. It is an enhanced open source software distribution for smartphones and tablets based on Android mobile OS. It offers features and options not found in the official firmware distributed by manufacturers.

 

Conclussion: The above mammoth features sent shivers up the spine to it’s competitors. There’s no company that offers the above listed features at that low price point. But still the vast majority of smartphone customers are Brand Conscious and Quality prioritised. ONEPLUS managed to give such high specs at low cost because they are selling the phone slightly more than the actual device’s cost. Whereas Apple,samsung,sony,htc and others sell their phones at huge Profit Margins. Though the design and body of ONEPLUS ONE is looking good ,but it still can’t match the premium rich look and feel of Apple iPhone 5S, htc One M8,SONY Xperia Z3 which are metal clads and glossy bodies. So we can’t surely say it as a flagship killer. It can’t take away the huge market share of Apple,Samsung which are leading vendors in the world. But ONE will give a stiff competition to mid range and it can dilute the high end phone’s share a little bit. It has a huge opportunity to gain in emerging markets like india,china and african countries. If you are not a brand maniac and you just need a fast,smooth working  great smartphone at an affordable price, undoubtedly you can go for ONEPLUS ONE.

COMPLETE SPECIFICATIONS:

BASIC PARAMETERS

Color Silk White/Sandstone Black
Dimensions 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 5.71 ounces (162 g)
Operating System CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4
CPU Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs
GPU Adreno 330, 578MHz
RAM 3 GB LP-DDR3, 1866MHz
Storage 16/64 GB eMMC 5.0, available capacity varies
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Battery Embedded rechargeable 3100 mAh LiPo battery

CONNECTIVITY

Connectivity
  • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
  • WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
  • LTE: Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40
Wi-Fi Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
NFC 65T (software card emulation, payment methods and multi-tag support)
Positioning Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital Compass

PORTS, SLOTS, BUTTONS AND INDICATORS

Ports Data & Charging: Micro USB 2.0
Audio: Jack 3.5mm
Buttons Power Button
Volume Rockers
Capacitive / On-screen buttons
SIM 1 slot – Micro SIM
Indicators 1 LED notification light (multicolored)

DISPLAY

Size 5.5 inch JDI
Resolution 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI
Type LTPS IPS with TOL
Protection Corning© Gorilla© Glass 3

CAMERAS

Sensor 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214
Lenses 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration
Flash Dual-LED
Aperture f/2.0
Front Camera 5 Megapixel – Distortion free
Video 4K resolution video with stereo recording Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

AUDIO

Speakers Bottom Facing Dual Speakers
Microphones Tri-microphone with noise cancellation

MULTIMEDIA

Audio supported
formats
Playback: MP3, AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, WMA, FLAC, APE, AAC, WAV
Recording: AAC, M4A
Video supported
formats
Playback: MP4, H.263, H.264, RMVB, FLV720P
Recording: MP4
Image supported
formats
Playback: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Output: JPEG, RAW

 

 

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