The new OnePlus One smartphone hopes to beat out all of its rivals and with impressive specs the handset could do just that.
Those are some bold claims aren’t they? When your competitors have better brand recognition, more money to fling at marketing campaigns and months upon months of consumer interest you’re always going to have a tough challenge ahead of you in establishing your high-end handset as “a flagship killer” and if you want to go throwing incendiary quotes like that around then you’d better have the hardware to prove it. Luckily, OnePlus are one such challenger, with their OnePlus One smartphone being both a mathematical pun and strong contender against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One (M8) and the iPhone 5S.
With a 5.5 inch full HD screen, it certainly has the visuals to be a standout rival. Meanwhile, under the OnePlus One’s hood, its 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor isn’t just as ‘rival-worthy’ but it’s actively faster than that of the HTC One (M8)’s 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor and paired with OnePlus One’s 3GB of RAM in comparison with the other high-end phones on the market right now, it’s miles above the rest. Speed specs aren’t the only place in which the OnePlus One excels either as the phone also has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear (which is also boosted by a Sony Exmor sensor) and a 5-megapixel camera on its front meaning that photos will look beautiful no matter which camera you take them with.
The video of the phone (which you can see above) encourages potential buyers to “never settle”. Presuming that OnePlus don’t want consumers to settle for boring old matte black or ‘easily dirtied’ white cases, the OnePlus One also has several customisable options that see the phone decked in wood, bamboo, denim and, for extra safety, it can even be cased in Kevlar. Yet despite this, the biggest draw to the phone is its price. With the 16GB OnePlus One available for just $299 unlocked, the phone is both hundreds of dollars cheaper and far better in terms of capabilities than any other rival on the market – including frontrunners the HTC One (M8), the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone S5.
The OnePlus One smartphone will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, certain parts of Europe, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan during Q2 2014.