OnePlus One – the 2014 flagship killer smartphone unleashed

oneplus one officialOnePlus today unveiled its first Android handset, their CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One smartphone, and it’s actually cheaper than I first thought.

Ah I remember those halcyon days where the iPhone was the phone to beat and any decent smartphone offered from another company would be branded the next possible ‘iPhone killer’.

OnePlus has set its sights a little higher with its One as it proudly proclaims it the “2014 Flagship Killer.”

The One phone packs a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display with LTPS and TOL (Touch on Lens) technology protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Under the hood is a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM, 4G LTE support for many bands, 16/64GB storage, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, GLONASS which all is powered by a 3100mAh battery that should offer “more than a full day of use”.

The phone measures 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm and the Magnesium constructed One weighs just 162g.

For you happy snappers there’s the 13-megapixel 6-lens(!) Sony Exmor camera with f/2.0 aperture with dual LED flash and 4K video capture support and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 80-degree capture angle for those all important selfies.

oneplus oneSporting subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display, the OnePlus One has a tapered edge of just 4.6mm that makes it extremely easy to tote around.

The phone will be available in black or white and will have a range of customisable textures to choose from, including denim and Kevlar.

The OnePlus One is also staking claim to the title of the world’s first smartphone with bottom facing stereo speakers (not sure how good that will be but they will have to stack up against the HTC One (M8) but, saying that, OnePlus had a little help from JBL in making those speakers, so I’m not disregarding them just yet.

The OnePlus One is running a special CyanogenMod 11S version, based on Android 4.4 KitKat, which will offer various new features including advanced Camera and Gallery apps, as well as features to better guard your privacy, including SMS encryption between CyanogenMod devices (or devices using TextSecure) and Privacy Guard, which lets users control how apps use their data.

Those who are interested can pick up the OnePlus One in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in 16GB Silk White for $299/€269 and in 64GB Sandstone Black for $349/€299 – those prices translate to £229/£269.

So – how tempted are you?

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