OnePlus One: “the perfect smartphone?”

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We thought Pete Lau was joking when he left his VP role to Oppo to produce what he calls “the perfect smartphone”. OnePlus One did that very trick and made a worldwide standard in the market. The phone came out as a vengeance from the former executives of the company named Oppo. And, from the very first day, the phone had won the hearts of the gadget geeks around the world. This was certainly not the first time a phone with great specs and that too at a low price, but OnePlus One also had the quality to support the monster specs it packed. It all seemed like a dream as people thought whether the developers were out of their minds or not.

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OnePlus One offers that magic to the people which they only dreamt about but nowhere had the chance to feel. It showed phone-lovers that there could be a “flagship killer” which will stay up to its reputation without any compromises. Despite it all, it did present itself with exotic designs making it one of the best phones in the market. The phone also gained popularity because of an invite system featured by the developers to sell it. Whoever wanted, it had to be invited at a particular time zone online where the winners or the ones chosen were allowed to buy the phone.

This main cause behind it was the limited availability of phones, but it did do the trick to fund the developers in building more. That is why it is now available without any invites. OnePlus One did leave a milestone where it gets full credit to be a world player. Competing with other major brands at one go is really impressive and that is what the phone offers to its customers. But, is the phone really that good? The real details had to be found out for which the phone’s features and specs are to be considered. So, let’s take a look if the phone is what it claims to be.


  • 5 inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
  • Quad-core 2.5 Ghz Krait 400 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16/64 GB in-built storage, expansion slot supporting micro SD cards not available
  • 13 MP primary camera with dual LED flash
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 2G/ 3G/4G network support
  • Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi
  • 3100 mAh battery
  • Android version 4.4.2(KitKat) upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop).

Externals: Design and Display:

The OnePlus One features a 5.5 inch LTPS LCD capacitive display. It comes with 1080 by 1920 pixels @401 ppi density which is quite impressive. Moreover, it supports multi-touch up to 10 fingers. A Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is also offered for better protection. The user interface is provided with CyanogenMod 12 with updates as well. The phone definitely offers a clear and high resolution screen which is quite intriguing to look at. One will surely be impressed by the quality it offers. Colours and variations for the cover are also based upon real life textures such as sandstone, wood etc. Availability of fancy covers also adds up to the positive list for the phone. Overall weight of the phone is 162 g which might be heavy but the big screen makes it look just fine to hold in the hands.

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Colours are quite vibrant making the phone to speak up to its own standards, for sure. There are some who prefer reputed brands. For such people too, this phone can be an exception as it is too good to be true. It still has given a rocking performance – even after more than a year to its release.

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Internals: Hardware and Software:

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Talking about the internals, the OnePlus One offers Android v4.4.2 (KitKat) first hand which is upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop). A Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset is supported by the phone which runs at Quad-core 2.5 Ghz Krait 400 processor. Now, that is really high for a phone which had just launched in the market. The highly priced Samsung and HTC flagship devices were the ones that displayed such qualities. A GPU Adreno 330 is also provided to keep up with the monster specs in the phone. In addition, it also offers 3 GB RAM which comes with 12/64 GB internal memory. Unfortunately, an expandable card slot is not provided with it, but there is always an option for an upgrade in later models. Overall quality of the phone is simply mesmerizing for the people, which is a really wonderful thing. If you think the battery life would be bad, then don’t worry as the phone offers 3100 mAH battery. You would easily spend a day without the need to charge the phone if not using it to the extreme.

Camera and Connectivity:

OnePlus One features a 13 MP primary camera with auto focus and dual-LED flash. The pixels are at 4128 by 3096 resolution. You also get other features like touch focus, geo-tagging, panorama, face detection and HDR. The video quality is also quite impressive as you can shoot 4K (2160p) @30 fps. Also you can shoot 2160p (DCI) @24fps. Besides that you also get [email protected] and [email protected] Everything is available in HDR. You also get a secondary camera or front camera of 5 MP which shoots [email protected]

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Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot and DLNA. You also get Bluetooth v4.1 and A2DP with it. GPS is also supported with A-GPS and GLONASS. You also get NFC and microUSB v2.0 with USB Host. FM radio is not provided.


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OnePlus One has given the phone lovers versatility which is worth investing. You get all the features of the highest quality and that too at a slacked price. This is one reason why the phone has been such a big hit right from the start. And, now with its availability in the online market without invites has open new doors for the customers. You can now easily avail this phone at a low price of 349 USD from the Nigerian market.

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