There’s a new guy in smartphone town and he’s threatening all other major flagship phones with brilliant features and very low price along with them. This phone is the OnePlus One phone, and it’s being called the ‘flagship killer’ for this year.
Created by OnePlus, who aim to make the best and cheapest Android phones under the theme ‘Never Settle’, this powerful gadget, has looks and a feel to die for.
Processor: It has a 2.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 4G LTE connectivity, making it just as good as the Samsung Galaxy S5, but beating both the LG G3 and HTC One M8, which are some of the biggest phones making waves on the market right now. It comes with CyanogenMod (which is an open source software platform for Android), based on Android KitKat (v4.2). Find out more about CyanogenMod and why it’s good/bad for you here.
Colours: The OnePlus One comes in either white or black.
Display: It has a 5.5″ screen with 1080×1920 pixel resolution, which is crisp enough, not as crisp as the LG G3, which has the a QHD screen with highest resolution on the market, but it is better than other smartphones within its price range.
Connectivity: It is a 4G/LTE enabled phone making it fit to work in countries which are all trying to upgrade themselves to 4G/LTE networks seeing that most devices are being made to support that.
Storage: It has 3GB RAM and 16/64 GB internal memory, which is as good as that on flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 but unlike them it does not have a microSD slot. But look at the price? It’s more than enough for that range.
Battery size: At 3100mAH, the OnePlus One has one of the biggest batteries on any phone we have ever reviewed. The closest coming at 3000mAH on the LG G3, so we expect it will give over 4 hours of continuous use while multitasking on it.
Price: All this for only £269 (approx. K2,500) which is almost half the price the popular phones are going for.
However, there are a few concerns about the smartphone owners who are not yet official but are being linked to a company called Oppo that most Zambians may or may not have heard of, and on the OnePlus website they refer to themselves as ‘a technology startup committed to bringing the best possible technology to users around the world’. The word ‘startup’ has raised eyebrows to a lot of people who want the phone and are now skeptical about the whole sale, because even just ordering the phone looks like work on their How to Buy part from their website so we’re not sure when it will be available in stores.
Lastly there are concerns about support for the phone. It comes with an open source Android platform called CyanogenMod which many fear could leave them with a bricked phone if anything goes wrong during software updates/upgrades.
It’s a great phone for that price so hopefully they will become more official with it.