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OnePlus Self-Imposes a Delay for Their 2015 Flagship

January 24, 2015 - Written By Phil Bourget

Android, Qualcomm, and Oneplus.  The commonalities between these three multi-continental names culminated in 2014’s most desired device from the year’s most-publicized company from Shenzhen, China.  OnePlus’s One flagship, the half-priced flagship competitor, starred the use of three gigabytes of RAM to back up Qualcomm’s then-top-tier Snapdragon 801 processor.  The next big move this year, specifically for the spring releases of the flagship lines and families, from companies like Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony comes in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 64-bit, octa-core process.

That processor was showcased as powering the CES-announced LG G Flex 2, likely the HTC ‘Hima’ flagship device, one of Sony’s LTE market-bound Z flagships this year, as well as the next great-priced OnePlus phone.  But here’s the hitch.  Everyone has heard the rumors about delays because of ‘overheating in use’ of the 810, and that is perfectly fine.  Every processor heats up in extended use cases, but the amount of attention drawn is perhaps more than necessary.  The possibility of the issue’s existence and persistence through testing has reportedly led the South Korean Samsung to plan to utilize its own family of octa-core processors, the Exynos 7 series, in lieu of the 810.

But where does OnePlus fit into this, you ask?  Here’s where: they are going to delay their own device, meaningfully, willfully, and for everyone to be aware of.  And it’s in the name of greatness of product.  Oneplus has reportedly decided to delay the launch of this year’s device until the issues and kinks with the Snapdragon 810 have been resolved and remedied.  They will continue to work on their Android OF for the flagship, as well as refine the design with what customers and their designers have had to contribute.

The Snapdragon 810 is a big deal, however, and it will be interesting to see if the issue does in fact actually exist in large-scale.  The 810 will be Qualcomm’s first octa-core, its first heterogeneous multi-processing-capable (using all available cores at once), which is a big deal given that Samsung had HMP running on the international variant of the Galaxy Alpha from last fall with the Exynos 5430.  The 810 means a lot to the San Diego-based company, and that processor is key to many devices this spring.  Do you think OnePlus is doing the right thing, putting off its follow-up device for the sake of improvement?  Or is it comparable to the invitation system of yesteryear in terribleness?  Do you think that the self-imposed delay will draw attention from the company, or will it garner it just like last year with design, features,a nd price?  Let us know down below.