OnePlus One Upgraded Before it Launches; Now Features 3 GB RAM and 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801

Even before the device has seen the inside of retail stores, the first phone from tech startup OnePlus has created quite a stir. It seems that OnePlus takes their tagline pretty seriously, "Never Settle" seems to have become second nature to the OnePlus One device. We have had news earlier that the first phone from OnePlus, unoriginally named as the OnePlus One, would offer high-end specs for a very low-end price. However, the specs seem fluctuate more often than not. In the latest information leaking in from the startup, the OnePlus One has been given a hardware boost even before launch. The device was originally supposed to ship with 2 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system on chip (SOC). For the better, the OnePlus One will now be made available with 3 GB of RAM and will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC.

The company states that "[w]e have chosen to move to Snapdragon 801 processor to take full advantage of the fastest SoC currently on the market. We wanted to bring the real-world performance enhancements gained from the many improvements the Snapdragon 801 offers over the 800." With the change of SOC, the OnePlus One will see a speed boost from 2.3 GHz of the Snapdragon 800 to 2.5 GHz. The graphics processing unit will also see a speed boost from 450 MHz to 578 MHz, which would translate into better real-world game performance.

The OnePlus One will officially be unveiled on 23 April and OnePlus claims that these last-minute hardware changes will not delay the original launch date. With the upgraded specs, the OnePlus One lands in the premium devices segment, however the device will have to live up to the hype and increased user expectations. On our part, we're pretty excited - any upgraded new phone is always good news. Once it's launched, we'd love to see the OnePlus One go head to head with the titans - the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new HTC One (M8). While you wait, check out the teaser unboxing of the OnePlus One.

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