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OnePlus One Android Smartphone Touted As Killer of Nexus 5, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5

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OnePlus One Android Smartphone Touted As Killer of Nexus 5, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5

OnePlus and its initial product, the OnePlus One smartphone, may be an ?unknown? entity for most people, but this may change very soon. The OnePlus One Android Smartphone, the company’s first device, is creating a buzz in the tech and mobile industry as a ?smartphone flagship killer?.

Yes, this product, which will be launched by June 2014, is touted as an Android smartphone that may just topple the known leaders of Android handsets, like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Nexus 5 and the HTC One.

The OnePlus One boasts of an impressive list of features that does not come with a hefty price tag. The phone unit has a starting price tag of US$ 299 dollars for an unlocked, non-subsidized, 16 GB model. The 64 GB unit will sell for US$ 349 dollars.

To compare the OnePlus One with the leading Android smartphones, the OnePlus One will have some obvious price advantages.

To illustrate: For the 16 GB unit, unlocked and non-subsidized:


OnePlus OneNexus 5Galaxy S5HTC One
US$ 299US$ 349US$ 650US$ 650


Clearly, the OnePlus One, if it is able to match the features of these 3 Android flagship brands, would entice new customers to opt for its product, or even for existing Android users to switch to a newer handset unit.

Reports indicate that the OnePlus One matches up to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One in terms of display (Full 5.5 inch HD), and cameras (13 MP rear and 5 MP front facing). The OnePlus One also contains the latest quad-core processor from Qualcomm and has 3GB of RAM. In terms of network compatibility, the OnePlus One will have no problem with the LTE network of AT&T or T-Mobile.

What can give OnePlus One an advantage over these Android flagships, is its partnership with CyanogenMod. CyanogenMod is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices. This means that it allows people to modify the Android device that can greatly extend the capability of their devices. Modifications can include custom features, options and themes that may not be in the pre-installed Android OS.

Although the OnePlus One OS is based on the Android 4.4 Kitkat of Google, it employs a customized version of CyanogenMod, that provides a privacy tool that lets the user control the kinds of data that the apps can access. The Android version that OnePlus One uses, also features a Gallery app that can view and edit pictures that are not taken from the phone’s camera. The advanced app can access, view and edit photos from Dropbox, Google+, Flickr and Facebook.

The design of OnePlus One, according to those who were able to get a sneak peek at the device, is good enough, but does not necessarily stand out when placed side by side with other Android devices. The device is quite large at 6.02 inches in height x 2.99 inches in width which prompted observers to classify it as a phablet device. It, however, has a thin and light structure, which makes the device pretty manageable. They added that the curved back gives it a comfortable feel and the covering at the back is removable, which makes it possible to replace with different?colored backs (something the company said it plans to make in the future).

For the moment, the OnePlus One will be available in Black and White.

The user interface is reported to be similar to other Android gadgets, but the Cyanogen link up shows that it has advantages in terms of customization.

The OnePlus One is scheduled to be initially sold in several countries in June, such as the US, the UK, Hongkong, Taiwan, Spain, Germany and a few others not yet revealed.


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