Things are really about to get exciting in the smartphone world – not just in Canada, but worldwide with the release of the new OnePlus One device. It could change the way we think about smartphones and disrupt the pricing structure for what we consider a flagship device. This new Chinese phone manufacturer wants to create the best smartphone available at the best price possible. CEO of OnePlus Pete Lao has changed the specs at the last-minute so they could make sure their device was released with the best processor available.
OnePlus is a new mobile venture from China and CEO and founder Pete Lau was formerly a Vice President at Oppo, another company making waves in the smartphone world with their swivel camera. Lau was instrumental in bring CyanogenMod into the Oppo N1 project and now OnePlus and CyanogenMod are collaborating on this new smartphone and they have been teasing use ever since. Their #NeverSettle ad campaign is going after all makes and models – Bad OS, Goodbye Moto, Ugly (Band-Aid), hERE'S tHE cHANGE, Think Rotten (showing an Apple), Sony, and more. If you follow them on Facebook, you will see that they continually announce contests that you can enter to win items.
The OnePlus One will arrive with latest Android 4.4.2 and a customized version of CyanogenMod 11 – with this arrangement, the OnePlus devices should get their Android update almost as quickly as the Google Nexus devices. There are no pictures of the device, but they claim it will be one beautiful smartphone…it may be they did not finalize the look because they were still deciding on the display size and specifications. What they did finalize is pretty sweet – 5.5-inch IPS Full HD display with 1080p resolution made by JDI, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, and this is the MSM8974AC that is found in the Galaxy S5. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 64GB of internal memory. It uses a Sony 13MP, 6 lens camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 3100mAh battery to power it all.
According to a blog on their website, when asked about the TOTAL cost to the Canadian subscribers, one member stated:
"According to their website – all countries that the phone is available from will have already have had shipping and taxes paid for – the units will be shipped from warehouses in your country so you wont pay any extra! The price they release at is the price you pay!"
The OnePlus One should be released by April 23, so we have a short wait to see the new device and exactly how much the device will cost in Canada. Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you might be picking up one of these exciting new smartphones.