Google’s Nexus line has been popular because they give you top-notch specs at a rock bottom price, which is a really potent combination which is so tempting that it makes you reach for your wallet real-quick.
There has been no real rival to Google’s Nexus line, as while some devices offered Quad-Core processors, they were either based on slow or ancient architectures which made them slower than even the dual-core processors of today.
However, the recently unveiled OneTouch One (*Applaud* What a name!) is a very real competitor to the Nexus 5 and best of all, it matches the Nexus 5’s price tier at $299 for the 16 GB model and $349 for the 64 GB model which actually makes it cheaper than the Nexus 5, which sells for $349 for the 16GB and $399 for the 32GB version.
More bang for less buck? We are already excited.
It has got the latest Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor and for those keeping a record, yes, it is just a little bit faster, but faster nonetheless than the Nexus 5’s Snapdragon 800 2.2 Ghz quad-core processor. It has also got plenty, may be too much of RAM at 3GB, making it the only phone in the market other than the Note 3 to boast such amounts of RAM. Although no application uses this much RAM, it is never bad to future-proof your devices.
It has got a 13MP back camera from Sony (Exmor Sensor) with the ability to shoot 4K video and a 5MP front camera which probably is enough for your selfie ‘needs’.
It is also packed with the latest in radios: Dualband WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS, GSM, WCDMA, 4G LTE, etc.
The screen is a 5.5 inch 1080p beauty, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 to handle some rough use with nary a scratch. It has got a mammoth 3100mAh battery, which is required for decent battery life with that power-hungry screen. The battery is equipped with Quick Charge 2.0, which enables you to charge faster with supported chargers.
It has got JBL-tuned Stereo speakers and three microphones with noise-cancellation.
The Oppo N1 was the first phone to get Cyanogenmod, a fork of Android, officially preloaded and the OnePlus One continues in its footsteps by having Cyanogenmod preloaded. This is because OnePlus is headed by former Oppo VP Pete Lau, who was also responsible for making the first Cyanogenmod preloaded phone: The Oppo N1.
While the global versions will run Cyanogenmod 11S (Android 4.4 with the ‘S’ meaning customization), the Chinese version will run Color OS.
Proudly showcasing it’s Cyanogenmod heritage, it has the Cyanogenmod Logo emblazoned on it’s back.
It is quite slim with the ends tapering off at just 4.6mm and it measuring 8.9mm at its thickest point. The Black and White colour variants also supposedly come with a coating made out of powdered cashew nuts to provide a special feel.
It has support for extensive customisation out of the box: Ability to flash ROMs, Open Access, etc.
It also has got SMS encryption and an App Privacy Guard. if you are paranoid about your privacy.
Other features: Themes. Gesture support, etc
The customisation also extends to the hardware side, with the OneTouch One having a ton of Moto X-esque customization options for the body, which even lets you to customise the material you want the phone to be made out of (Even wood! Kevlar and Denim too!), in addition to stuff such as body color.
While that’s all well and good, the OnePLus One also has its share of drawbacks, with the main being lack of a SD card slot to extend storage. However, you can just buy the 64 GB version, which should probably be enough for you.
It will launch later on in May in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States.
It is a flagship phone, with flagship specs, but without the dreaded flagship price.