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OnePlus sure does know how to hype a product; just look no further than the recently unveiled OnePlus 2. After stringing us along for months, dropping little nuggets of information on the smartphone (including a curveball on pricing to set our expectations low), the final product definitely knocked our socks off. And according to this latest tweet from OnePlus, we weren’t the only ones that were impressed with the smartphone — it has recorded over two million pre-orders for the smartphone a week after its official unveil, which is a lofty number for a company of this size. While two million units is a drop in the bucket for a company like Apple or Samsung, hitting this mark is a huge accomplishment... Read more...
The OnePlus 2 flagship smartphone was hyped for months ahead of its official unveil last week. OnePlus leaked major details about the device including its processor (a new revision of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810) and even its rare (for a smartphone) reversible USB-C connector. But apparently OnePlus has even more in store for consumers: its fast approaching, third smartphone. That new smartphone will be out before the end of year, with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei remarking that he hopes to see the device arrive in time for Christmas. Pei is being rather tightlipped about specifications for the device, but he just couldn’t temper his enthusiasm for the smartphone in a recent interview. OnePlus... Read more...
Given how many details OnePlus has leaked over the past few months regarding its next generation flagship smartphone, there wasn’t much left to the imagination for prospective buyers other than the price. And that was even hinted at earlier this month, when OnePlus CEO Pete Lau remarked that the device would be priced below $450. The OnePlus 2 was officially unveiled this evening and now that the drapes have been removed, we can now tell you that the smartphone will start at an impressively low $329 unlocked and contract-free (the original OnePlus One debuted at $299 and recently dropped to an even more palatable $249). The $329 price of entry nets you a 5.5-inch 1080p display (sorry, QHD isn’t... Read more...
The folks at OnePlus haven't just proven that they're capable of producing a great smartphone, they've proven that they're marketing geniuses. Despite the fact that the OnePlus One was the company's first-ever smartphone, its "Never Settle" tagline and exclusivity made it one hot product. I couldn't believe the number of people I knew that were either offering or looking for invites - it was great to see so much hype around a smartphone not produced by a fruit-inspired company. Despite the enormous success of the OnePlus One, its invite system left a lot to be desired. Earlier this month, company co-founder Carl Pei admitted that the initial rollout was flawed, largely due to the fact that the... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for the OnePlus 2, the forthcoming successor to the popular OnePlus One, and that's exactly by design. One thing the OnePlus team is really good at is building up excitement, which it accomplishes through periodic updates that offer just enough information to get fans talking again. However, it's Chinese telecom regulator TENAA that gets credit for the latest leak.The Chinese-language website posted several photos of the OnePlus 2, along with a bit information on the specs, some of which had already been previously confirmed. Given that the pictures are appearing fairly close to launch, we have to wonder if this was a controlled leak, a marketing tactic that Apple... Read more...
The OnePlus team said it learned from its mistakes with the launch of its original OnePlus One handset and promises a smoother rollout for the forthcoming OnePlus 2. This time around there will be more units available -- a lot more. According to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, there will be anywhere from 30 times to 50 times more OnePlus 2 handsets at launch than there were OnePlus One phones when it first debuted. Pei also detailed changes to the invite system. Many people will be glad to hear that, as Pei readily acknowledges that some people felt last year's system was too difficult and too time consuming. Some even thought it was a "big marketing stunt" to drum up interest. To avoid a similar... Read more...
Little by little, we're learning new official details about the OnePlus 2, the successor to the popular OnePlus One. By way of a Twitter post this week, the OnePlus team latest reveal is that the OnePlus 2 will feature 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM "so you have more power to do everything you love," whether it's playing games or simply multitasking. It's worth pointing out that the OnePlus team previously confirmed the OnePlus 2 will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC). This is important because it's a 64-bit part that can take full advantage of 4GB of RAM, whereas 32-bit chips can really only effectively utilize up to 3GB without any special workarounds. Why LPDDR4? OnePlus says it was... Read more...
Little by little, we're learning new things about the OnePlus 2, the successor to the popular OnePlus One that was originally supposed to launch on June 1. We still don't know when the new flagship model will be available to purchase, but in the meantime, fans of the OnePlus series can get their first glimpse of the phone, or so we think. A pair of blurry photos showing both sides of the supposed OnePlus 2 were sent to PhoneArena. The site isn't super confident in their legitimacy, noting that they're "taking these images with the proverbial grain of salt." However, the blurry shots do go in line with previous rumors that the new model will resemble its predecessor. You can make out what looks... Read more...
Not a week after revealing that the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip (SoC), OnePlus announced that the phone will also boast a Type C USB port. With the OnePlus 2 widely expected to be released in Q3 of this year, we’re hoping that the recent announcements signal that the OnePlus 2 is about ready to launch. “The OnePlus 2 will be the first global flagship smartphone sporting this breakthrough technology,” a company spokesperson said in a blog post. “Its cable channels the same beautiful design of the OnePlus One’s that our users love, but this time with the added convenience and comfort of a reversible plug.” What makes reversible... Read more...
The OnePlus team has confirmed that the forthcoming OnePlus 2 handset will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 System-on-Chip (SoC). We know what you're thinking and it goes a little something like this -- 'Holy hell, have they not seen the reports about the Snapdragon 810 overheating?' Turns out OnePlus is fully aware of the situation, which is why the company insisted that Qualcomm build a revised version for the OnePlus 2. "Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2," OnePlus said. "We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate... Read more...
Following the somewhat messy and unfortunate breakup with Cyanogenmod, the OnePlus team has an announcement that it hopes will ease the pain and entice its following to stay loyal -- the OnePlus One handset is now permanently priced at $249. That's a $50 savings over its previous price, and it all began with what was supposed to be a temporary discount. "Last week, we announced a limited $50 discount on the OnePlus One. We were blown away by the response in sales and took a hard look at the numbers to make sure we were maintaining our commitment to our users," OnePlus stated in a blog post.OnePlus ultimately deemed the experiment "a great success," and in keeping with its mission of disrupting... Read more...
We already knew that OnePlus was planning to release a new flagship phone sometime in third quarter of this year, but now we have a date -- June 1. That's the date OnePlus indicated in a Twitter post along with a promise to "shake up the tech industry," which we take to mean the OnePlus Two, the much anticipated successor to the OnePlus One. "We're always looking for ways to shake up the tech industry. And we think it's time for change. Find out more June 1," OnePlus posted to Twitter. OnePlus didn't come right out and mention the OnePlus Two, but it's not much of a stretch to assume that's what it's referring to, especially with the accompanying pic that it posted on Twitter. Have... Read more...
The rocky relationship between Cyanogen and OnePlus appears to have ended. Not that it's any real big surprise -- the two weren't always on the same page when it came to software and logistics. For example, OnePlus had promised OnePlus One handset owners a Cyanogen OS update by a specific date, and when it didn't happen, Cyanogen explained (not so politely) that it never made any such promise and that the new build would be finished when it's finished.It created and awkward situation for OnePlus One owners who got caught in the middle of a relationship that was headed off a cliff. And so here we are at the end of the road watching OnePlus and Cyanogen part company, or at least that's how it appears.... Read more...
While Cyanogen’s CEO is sick and tired of OnePlus One owners complaining about the lengthy gestation period for CyanogenMod 12S, telling customers to “Calm the f**k down,” OnePlus at least delivering on its promise to release OxygenOS. We first heard about the OxygenOS ROM back in late January, with OnePlus explaining, “As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful… By itself, it’s simple and pure—a fundamental building block. But, as a part of something greater, it can do amazing things. Just like us.” OxygenOS is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings with it a “back to basics” approach to standing out compared to other custom ROMs on the market.... Read more...
Sometimes, it's easy to think that if a new company is to enter any well-established market, it'll have almost no chance of succeeding. But then we can look at success stories like those from Xiaomi and OnePlus, and realize there is chance for success, as long as the product is good (and let's be honest: the marketing, too). OnePlus in particular has an amazing story. The company is only a year-and-a-half old, and is headed by 25-year-old Carl Pei, but its initial phone, the OnePlus One, was an undeniable hit. For a while, it seemed like every Android fan wanted one. Since that initial phone released, it sold over 1,000,000 units. Not a big number if you're an Apple or Samsung, but for a brand-new... Read more...
If you've been anxiously waiting for Android's 5.0 Lollipop to hit your phone, you probably won't take much comfort with the knowledge that many others are already enjoying it. According to Google's own tracking, 1.6% of the active Android phones out there pack the 5.0 sucker sweetness, and if that doesn't seem too impressive, the OS did just come out in November, and rollout has for some reason been slow on many devices. We should soon see that 1.6% get a major boost. It's not too surprising to see that 4.4 KitKat is the most common build floating around out there, with a share of 39.7%, but what does stick out is the fact that both 4.1 and 4.2 have individual shares three times greater than... Read more...
Smartphone startup OnePlus is gearing up to reveal its Android ROM, but the date for the unveiling is a matter of debate. The phone maker teased the ROM and announced its name – OxygenOS – and said “Stay tuned; more information is coming February 12th,” in its blog post. Some have taken that to mean that the download will be available on the 12th, but OnePlus now appears to plan only to provide more details (not a download) at the upcoming event. The new ROM comes after a parting with Cyanogen and some difficulties with India. OnePlus selected the name “OxygenOS” from fan suggestions, because “As an element, Oxygen is the epitome of simplicity, yet it’s also extraordinarily powerful.” Unfortunately,... Read more...
The OnePlus One is a snappy-looking, well-spec’d, heavily-teased smartphone whose defining characteristic is a surprisingly low price tag of just $350. This, when most high-end smartphones can cost twice that. The folks at iFixit tore down the device to see what’s inside and how repairable it is (or isn’t). iFixit gave the OnePlus One a modest score of 5 out of 10 due primarily to a harder than necessary to remove battery and fused LCD and digitizer glass, but otherwise a little patience got the device apart. The device has the same camera modules as the Project Tango smartphone. The rear 13MP camera features a Sony Exmor IMX 214 CMOS sensor, and the 3GB of RAM is made by Samsung.... Read more...
Details of the OnePlus One smartphone are here. The phone boasts terrific specifications and features while keeping the cost in check--there are two handsets, actually, a 16GB white one for $299 and a 64GB black model for $349--and they’ll be available in Q2 2014. There’s no compromise on hardware here. The One runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz) chip with an Adreno 330 (578MHz) GPU, 3GB of LP-DDR3-1866MHz RAM, and the aforementioned 16GB or 64GB of storage. The 5.5-inch display is 1080p Full HD, and the rear camera is a 13MP Sony Exmor IMX 214 affair with 6 lenses and dual LED flash that can capture 4K video while the front-facing camera is a not-too-shabby 5MP. The 3100... Read more...
The curious OnePlus One smartphone is set to debut in a few days, but a host of images have already leaked out showing the phone’s look and design as well as a peak of the UI. You can see that the design is minimalist in nature, with graceful, subtle curves and a white back. The phone will also apparently employ StyleSwap covers so you can trick out your own handset with a denim look, various wood grains, and more. Accessories are colored in a bright cherry red, which brings a refreshing splash of color to the understated black and white design.    The UI shots only show so much, but you can see that the home screen is straightforward, with a Google voice search bar at the top... Read more...
OnePlus is a company that’s looking to disrupt the smartphone market, and its flagship “One” smartphone is set to debut on April 23rd. Among the details that the company has been offering up little by little over the last few months, perhaps the most intriguing is the fact that OnePlus has partnered with Cyanogen on software. Thus, the smartphone will run on a CyanogenMod OS, which is notable in an Android-dominated mobile market. “What’s coming is one of the most popular mobile operating systems specifically developed for the best hardware, with a unique twist. The smartphone industry is ripe for disruption, and 2014 should prove to be a huge year for the future... Read more...
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