OnePlus One finally unveiled, launching soon

After months of speculation, anticipation and hype, OnePlus finally announced its smartphone. And boy, does it look hot. On the specs side, it boasts a 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 full HD display with a pixel density of 401ppi. Powering that awesome display is a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked to 2.5GHz, and 3GB RAM as well as an Adreno 330, 578MHz graphics processing unit and a non-removable 3,100mAh battery. It also features a 13MP Sony Exmor camera system, with 6 lenses, f/2.0 aperture and a Dual-LED flash. Add that to the 4K resolution video recording, with slow motion 720p video at 120fps and a 5MP front facing camera, and you have what looks like a mean piece of kit. When launched it’ll be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors.

Its design is reminiscent of the recent Nexus devices, with a solid unibody plastic body and a beautiful, seamless front face dominated by a large, crystal clear display. Of course, the big talking point here for Android nerds – and I mean that affectionately – is that it’s been built in conjunction with Cyanogen and runs CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

CyanogenMod 11S reveals the first phase of a unique visual experience blending the best of Android with the freedom CyanogenMod is known for. Unlike most OEM skins, there are no limits to customizing your One – mix and match thousands of themes or return to stock with the new theme engine and store.

Pricing and availability is pretty spectacular too. Although its specs are mean enough to compete with the likes of the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5, it’s been priced more in line with Nexus devices. The 16GB “Silk White” model will be available for $299, with the “Sandstone Black” 64GB model only costing $50 more. Early adopters will get a chance to win one from April 25th. Release of the device is slated for Q2.

Perhaps of more importance to T-Mo fans is that it supports a good number of worldwide GSM bands for 3G/HSPA/LTE. Sadly, for those looking towards Magenta’s release of 700MHz LTE (band 12) networks, it won’t support those. Supported bands below:

WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
LTE: Bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/40

It’s pretty certain that T-Mobile – or any other U.S carrier for that matter – won’t be stocking it officially. So, if you want one, stay tuned for launch on OnePlus.net.

 

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  • Joshua Miller

    Is there a 64GB model or is that a typo? I’m excited for this phone! Does it have a. SD Card expansion slot?

    • besweeet

      Yes, 64GB. No microSD.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, I had to double-check that too. White model – 16GB, Black Model – 64GB. No 32GB.

      • Joshua Miller

        Oh OK. The last paragraph says “When launched it’ll be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors.” That’d why I was confused :-)

  • Mike

    So this phone has all the same bands as the nexus 5? So if I switch I won’t notice a difference correct?

    • bisayan

      Yes pretty much has the same bands as witb the n5

    • bisayan

      TECHNOLOGY
      GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
      UMTS 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
      FDD LTE 700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 2100.

      • vrm

        you forgot 900 and 1900 for LTE

    • bisayan

      Read the article buddy..

  • thepanttherlady

    I think I might need to check this one out.

    • bisayan

      Did u get ur xperia z2 yet Lady? If so..do u like it? im still holding off for new phones..I had z1s two weeks ago and I returned it..just a little too big with them bezels..lolzz

      • thepanttherlady

        No, not until next month. :(

        • bisayan

          This one plus phone is very appealing..are u going to grab it?

        • thepanttherlady

          I think I will if I’m lucky enough to get an invite. The price is pretty good, especially for 64GB.

        • bisayan

          yup yup..just the invite is a little hassle to get through..imma try my best to get the invite this friday…crossed my fingers.

        • thepanttherlady

          If you’re able…hook a nice mod up won’t you, please? :)

        • bisayan

          You vot that right…So if u get the invite u still gonna get the z2?

        • thepanttherlady

          Absolutely, it was paid for almost 2 months ago. I’m thinking for the price point this would make a great backup phone. I also like supporting the “under dogs”.

        • bisayan

          Yes im on the same page as u! After owning s3, htc one (2013), note2 and ip5, im done with them! lolz I wanna try one plus and so as z2 and maybe lg g3?. lolz

        • thepanttherlady

          You do realize the Z2 and the one plus are bigger than the Z1, right?

        • bisayan

          Yes I do realize that..But the fact is it has a custom mod/rom, it has so much potential..I just have to get used to its bigger screen. Im usinv n5 now it shouldn’t be that much defferent between the two in terms of screen sizes..

        • bisayan

          Ouch! lolz I can’t resist so I just bought the z1s and returned it after a week…lolz

        • Stone Cold

          What didn’t you like about the Z1S?

      • thepanttherlady

        Received an email this morning that my Z2 is shipping Friday!! :)

    • Stone Cold

      No no no.

      • thepanttherlady

        LOL!

        But, but, but I’ve been good! I haven’t bought any nail polish for a few months now. :)

        • Stone Cold

          The bigger plan. Remember?

        • thepanttherlady

          Hence no polish. :/

          Although I do have a Nexus 4 I can sell to offset the cost of this……

        • Stone Cold

          :)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          For a while, I’ve known my next device would be either OnePlus One or Sony Xperia Z2. It’s making me seriously consider why I just paid Clove $786 for an Xperia Z2. Here’s how I was able to justify the massive difference:

          -slightly larger battery
          -waterproofing
          -20.7MP camera
          -front-facing speakers (BIG plus)

          Besides the storage, can you think of any reason I should spring for the One instead? (I’m hoping there aren’t any – I really like the Z2. But the OnePlus is making me lust. And that price!) :-/

        • thepanttherlady

          Did you get an email from Clove yet? I received one this morning that mine is doing Friday.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yes, I sure did! May 9th is my ship date! :-D

        • thepanttherlady

          D’oh! You are correct, mine says the 9th too. It was the first email I saw this morning (one eye open…had just woken up) and thought for some reason the 9th was this Friday. Wishful thinking mostly. LOL

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          :-) I know how you feel. Did you choose “DHL” or “Airsure Tracked Mail”? I went with Royal Mail, since it was 17 GBP and a little less than DHL’s 25 GBP to my location.

        • thepanttherlady

          I don’t remember having a choice between the two once I got to checkout but I’m pretty sure it’s DHL. That’s how my Z1 came. Just means that a Friday shipment means I have it in my hands on Monday. ;)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Hey, Panther Lady… did you get an e-mail about springing for the SmartBand at Clove, too? I went for it!

          Also, I changed my order from the Black Z2 to the White Z2. :-) That white body is SOOO gorgeous! Never had a white Sony before. What color did you choose?

        • thepanttherlady

          Sure did and I ordered it. At first I wasn’t going to since it was roughly the same as a fitbit I was looking at but found that depending on the day/time, the amount changes (conversion). Was $106 when I originally looked at it and the cost after conversion was $90 when I checked it out again.

          I had the purple Z and the white Z1 so I went with black Z2. I really wanted another purple one but who knows when I’d be able to get it since it’s being released exclusively on one of their carriers for a while so I changed it. I also read some articles regarding the white possibly becoming stained (the bezel) too.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Stained? :-O Oh boy… starting to rethink my decision. Why would it become stained?

          Ask if they can put the SmartBand in the package with your Z2. ;-) I asked nicely, and they said they’ll do it, which brings down the postage costs a little. I love Clove! You were so right, thanks for the retailer suggestion. They’ve got themselves a new longtime customer!

        • thepanttherlady
        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Oh no. This worries me :-(

          Do you think if I case it this will be a problem? I already bought this until I can find something better:

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/261449047550?var=560331739965&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

        • thepanttherlady

          I really don’t know to be honest. Hers was the only complaint I could find and no one has stated otherwise. I’m sure till be fine. :)

          I just got an email stating my phone has shipped! :D

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          SO EXCITING! :-D I just got an e-mail saying the rent is due. :-/ Not exactly what I wanted to hear, lol.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          !

          I WAS WRONG! IT DID SHIP! :-D

          OH JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          SOON I CAN DITCH THE AVAIL 2!!!!!!

          HALLELUJAH!!!!!

          Thank you, Panther Lady! I missed the e-mail! This has really brightened my day.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          My Z2′s tracking is showing as “Out for Delivery” – very exciting! I expect that I may have a package waiting for me when I get home ;-)

          Lol… times like this make me glad I’m on the East Coast!

        • thepanttherlady

          Mine still just shows left facility. :( I was already anticipating a Monday delivery anyway so it’s all good. It would have been nice to play with it over the weekend though (having it delivered to my job). Enjoy!! :)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Thanks! You were 1000% right about Clove. Good people!

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Thanks! :-D Have you gotten it yet? Any impressions?

        • thepanttherlady

          I just got it and my smart band about 2 hours ago so I haven’t had a chance to play with it. Looks like I won’t be going to bed at a decent time tonight. :P

          You’ve had yours longer than me, what do you think?

        • thepanttherlady

          Ok, so what are your thoughts? I am absolutely loving the battery life on this thing!!! It lasts at least 30-50% longer than my Z1 did while doing the same things. So glad I decided to upgrade to it. :)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Argh! Sorry I didn’t respond sooner… I just saw that I had unread Disqus notifications.

          So… I’m loving it too! It’s a MAJOR improvement from my LG Optimus G Pro, and in a completely different galaxy than the crappy ZTE Avail 2 I had been using as an interim device. The battery is great, even under heavy use – the speakers blow my mind (and mine are QUITE bass-y…), and the waterproofing is incredible. I took a shower with my Z2 last night, which was terrifying – but of course, the thing is waterproof and it fared perfectly fine.

          When I initially removed it from the box, I couldn’t help but notice that the mesh (or whatever it is) over the speakers seemed to be sloping downward as you move from left to right. Mine is kind of at a minute angle. It’s probably just the OCD kicking in, but is yours like that? Apparently it didn’t affect waterproofing at all (my fear), and it is immovable so it’s not like the mesh is loose or something. Or maybe I’m just insane…

          But it’s honestly incredible. I’ve never loved a phone so much. Worth every penny – and Clove was great.

          I know you love homescreens… so I uploaded a picture of mine! :-) Glad you hear you’re enjoying your Z2, too!

          http://i.imgur.com/E59GAGb.jpg

        • thepanttherlady

          LOL! I literally just wrote that so you aren’t late in responding. :)

          I don’t notice anything wonky with my speaker grills. How in the heck did you even see yours? :| The only thing I really checked when I got it was to make sure I didn’t have the gap issues some earlier phones seemed to have. Mine is perfect. <3 Going to test out the Miracast and MHL functions this weekend. Hopefully.

          I ordered an oleophobic tempered glass screen protector from Niliken almost two months ago. Tried to install it the day I received the phone and it is too long. Grrrrrrrr!!!!! I literally covers one speaker. I contacted Brando (same place I bought the ones for my Z and Z1 from) and they confirmed theirs are the proper size and have the speaker cut outs so I ordered it. Can't wait because I really don't like the vinyl screen protectors since using glass ones.

          Your home screen is so neat looking. Here's mine:

          http://i.imgur.com/cNdbVZm.png

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Quick question for you: Do you do any video-chatting with the Z2? ooVoo doesn’t run so well after a while; reports connectivity issues and the device gets a tad warm. Also, in certain lighting conditions, the front-facing camera has some odd blue noise. :-P But those are my ONLY gripes, and they are minor. Not sure if the ooVoo thing is Sony’s fault, anyway. But do you notice any of that?

          Also, since this is an article about the OnePlus One, it’s worth noting that it’s all over eBay now, but of course for a lot more than OnePlus wants. Are you still thinking of the One as a backup device? (I am in LOVE with the Z2, I couldn’t even begin to fathom changing phones again!) <3

        • thepanttherlady

          No, I don’t do video chatting. Maybe I’ll try downloading the app to see if I encounter the same problem.

          I don’t use my front facing camera enough to get the odd blue noise you mention; however, my back camera gets vertical lines that “move”. It translates in the pictures which is annoying. I did have the same thing happen with the Z1 as well but it eventually went away. Not sure if it was an update or not that did the trick.

          I did see the One’s on Ebay and couldn’t believe the amount of money people were willing to pay for them. No thanks, I’ll wait until I can get it directly from OnePlus. That’s just too insane for me to be an “early adopter”. LOL Yes, I do plan on getting the 64GB. We’ll see if it ends up being a backup device or my daily driver. Will be interesting for sure!! Can’t pass it up for the price.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Oh Lady… I am pretty upset at Clove right now.

          As it turns out, my particular Z2 has issues with Wi-Fi, waterproofing, and the speakers. The Wi-Fi is consistently unstable, there is a problem with the waterproofing around my speakers (remember the illevel grilles I told tlyou about?), and the speakers are staticy and inconsistent depending on the way the device is held. :-(

          I asked Clove if I was within the timeframe to swap it out for another Z2 replacement, and they said yes. I offered to use the device for a few more days to make sure this swap was really necessary, as I couldn’t tell if I had imagined some of the sound issues and I wasn’t fully convinced the phone actually was the issue with the Wi-Fi. They said that would be fine.

          Well, 4 days later, I have ascertained the phone IS the problem, and the best they can offer me is a repair (something Sony was dubious about; they didn’t feel it would alleviate all the issues and then essentially your device is a refurb), I have to pay the astronomical shipping charges, and I have the pleasure I’d being without my Z2 for about 5 weeks, at the very minimum.

          It would be morally wrong for me to buy a Z2 at a local retailer, keep that one, and return my Clove Z2, as it isn’t their fault my device was defective. So I’m in a fix. Do you have any suggestions? Obviously this is nobody’s fault, but I am slightly peeved that Clove said I could keep testing it and then told me it invalidated my right to return it because it exceeded the return timeframe. -_-

          Thoughts for a troubled Klaus? I love the Z2, I just want one that isn’t a lemon or a refurb.

        • thepanttherlady

          :(

          I’m at a loss. I can see why Clove wouldn’t want to take it back after the return period but it they put in writing that it would be fine to go a couple extra days, they should certainly honor that.

          Have you checked with a local Sony to see if there is anything they can do? I haven’t had to deal with them from the States when the device isn’t here yet.

          I’m sorry!!

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Since I took the time to come over here and b*tch about my problem, I thought I’d take a moment to notify you of the resolution. :-)

          After also discovering that the phone leaks (my camera filled with water) and getting nowhere with Sony, I sent the device back to Clove. They received it yesterday and will forward my lemon to Sony. Sony said if it is truly a troubled unit they will not attempt repairs and instead replace it with a new Z2 (what I’m hoping will happen, as my father’s Z2 is perfect and has none of the issues mine had), which is fine. Guess I’ll just have to keep using my horrendous ZTE Avail 2 until the Z2 returns to the U.S. :-/

          I guess Clove just misunderstood what I meant. They’re quite pleasant to deal with and I don’t really blame them for not swapping one out for me; I understand they only have a limited return window for devices when it comes to sending it back to Sony. Oh well. I just hope the device they send back is NOT the same one I sent them (I wrote down my IMEI and will compare it with the replacement unit when it arrives). I also taped a sign to my Z2 outlining the issues so a Sony tech may take pity on me and just send a new one back. ;-)

          In other news, I purchased a SmartWatch after gifting the SWR10 SmartBand to my father and his Z2. I am very excited. Obviously my Android Wear isn’t going to do diddly-squat with my pathetic Avail 2, so I’m waiting with bated breath for my lovely white (and hopefully new) Z2 to arrive. :-)

          All’s well that ends well, I suppose! Hopefully they’ll send me a new one and I can get on with my life.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          By the way… what device are you using in the meantime? I sold my Optimus G Pro, so it’s not here anymore – and I am stuck using a ZTE Avail 2, my cheap-o backup phone. :-O I cannot WAIT for this Z2 to arrive. The Avail 2 is infuriating.

  • D_Wall__

    Great looking phone. Very interested in this… Almost makes me want to sell my Nexus 5..

  • sushimane

    If T-Mobile are gonna sell it I might grab it I love my nexus 5 but it has the same price point as the nexus 5. I know the one plus one is a invite only deal. Crossing my fingers

    • Cam Bunton

      I’d bet with 99% certainty that T-Mobile won’t sell it. I just found it very interesting, and had to share it with you guys. It’s compatible with T-Mo, and it looks amazing.

      • sushimane

        Yeah I guess I gotta put my name on the list and cross my fingers lol

  • hanfeedback

    Very interesting, definitely going to keep my eyes on how the reviews on the final units are.

  • Eric

    Kinda wish there was at least an SD card! I can do without removable battery, but no SD card is a bummer :(

    Sometimes the cloud storage doesn’t work for me when I’m out camping or out in the country.

    • Paul

      I gotta jump on the same train. I was STOKED until I saw that there’s not expandable memory. It’s the ONE thing that is a deal breaker for me.
      It’s a sexy phone, though.

      • AussieB

        Even with a 64gb for $50 more when people like Apple charge $200 more for that privilege.

    • Deadeye37

      I was bummed when I saw that also. However, $50 more for the 64 GB version would help out a lot for me. I only have a 32 GB microSD card with my 16 GB of internal storage (really around 10 GB with my SGSIII).

    • Maximus

      In other reports of this phone, it DOES include a micro-SD slot

      • Maximus

        I double checked and it does NOT have an SD slot….the report I read was an error

    • randomnerd_number38

      I would concur, except you can get a 64gb version for only 349. Quadruple the storage for only 50 bucks more. That’s a damn good deal when compared to other manufacturers.

    • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

      If you’re out camping and using your phone, you’re camping wrong.

  • Cedrick GodsProperty Clay

    I think this may be my next phone! !!!

  • yankeesusa

    I’m used to not having an sd card now. More secure this way.

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    never used Cyanogen .. not sure how a phone built around it will be.

    • Richard Finzel

      Cyanogenmod is a really great OS. The team of developers do an amazing job at making sure that there are no bugs also there are far more tweaks to be seen than most distros of android. To put it plain and simple imagine the Nexus experience on steroids

      • Enzowned

        On steroids is the part that concerns me. It could lead to lack of polish when you try to offer too much customization, and cluttered. Though my only experience was with CM on my tablet, but I was at the mercy at whatever drivers were available for android. So I can’t say it was ever better than stock Android I get with a Nexus device.

    • Paul

      It’s a GREAT Android build. Essentially it’s vanilla Android but with FAR more customization. No need to root as it’ll be rooted already.
      Cyanogen is easily the most popular Android for rooted phones.

      As for the build around, this is mostly about drivers and hardware. There have been issues with drivers and such whenever a phone or a new Android gets released. Instead of waiting for them to get all the drivers updated so that the WiFi and camera work, for example, they control the hardware. This makes the ROM run flawlessly.

      Let’s just say that the crazy interest is because Cyanogen is behind this. If it was any other dev group I’d be cautious.

      • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

        cool..as far as updates to it? what can one expect?

        • kalel33

          Cyanogenmod gets their updates out months before Samsung, HTC, etc get their updates out. It won’t be as fast as Nexus phones but it’s a close second.

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Future Note 4 is not impressed.

    • Maximus

      Why would it be? It’s like saying a Porsche is impressed with a Kia Optima. You’re comparing apples to oranges. The OnePlus One has very good specs for a fraction of the cost compared to other flagships. If you are not into having the “popular” name brand and a bunch of other gimmicky functions as well as paying $700+, this phone is a clear winner.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        In other news, the Optima is a FANTASTIC car. Stunning. I own one, a 2011 SX Turbo.

  • Maximus

    This phone is great….the specs for the money are unbeatable. The disappointing thing from a TMO subscriber perspective though is the lack of 700 mhz Band 12 capability. We aren’t truly going to get top-notch reception until the 700 mhz spectrum is implemented and once it does, almost no one will benefit from it. Everyone will have to get a new phone either at the end of this year or next year.

    • Tmo Supporter

      The One M8 Supports Band 12

      • Maximus

        Really? I didn’t think it did…

        • MastarPete

          I’m pretty sure most people are confusing 700mhz (band 17) capability with 700mhz (band 12). There is a physical gap between those bands which requires additional filters.

          If HTC were really going to make the M8 band 12 capable at launch, I find it odd that it didn’t show up in the FCC filing. Plus it could have been used by T-mobile as a marketing upsell, “Hey look! The first Band 12 capable phone!”.

          Would be great if “Tmo Supporter” or someone else had a link to a source showing otherwise.

        • Maximus

          I think you are right here….it supports band 17 but not 12. Unless someone can prove otherwise…

      • TMOguy

        No it doesn’t. Please check your facts.
        It’s widely circulated here internally in T-Mobile that no Band 12 phones will be available until Q4.

  • $15454173

    The price is right. No way to JUMP but that’s okay. Will have to sell my SG4.

  • trife

    This phone is dead sexy. Do want.

  • Jesus Puga

    About OnePlus
    OnePlus is a global technology startup………Developed around the mantra, ‘Never Settle’, OnePlus aims to DISRUPT THE INDUSTRY……

    mmmmmm, where have I heard that before……go-go Tmo partnership???

    • bob90210

      Probably everywhere. There’s over 11 million results when searching for disrupt the industry.

    • Nurdface Gamerhandz

      “never settle”

      except on SD cards, battery size, band choice, and wireless charging (and IP cert but rarely anyone cares about that)

  • emcdonald75

    I wonder why the OnePlus One did not include LTE Bands 2 & 5? LTE Band 2 is PCS 1900MHz and LTE Band 5 is 850MHz. That would have been a great addition in case AT&T or T-Mobile begin using the LTE Band 2 for LTE services. I believe T-Mobile will expand into the PCS band with their rural build-out of LTE and AT&T has already began using the PCS band for LTE.

    • TMOguy

      I agree. LTE band 2 is a huge oversight if that’s true. I wonder if that is a typo. Why would it get WCDMA band 2 but not LTE?
      Indeed, you are correct. For the “rural build out” to replace 2G/Edge, some of the LTE will be on Band 2. Some of that is even supposed to go live this year in 2014 (although I will believe it when I see it).

    • mingkee

      You may notice it’s international phone, right?
      Band 2 LTE may not be popular as band 4 LTE.

  • http://briancalderon.name Brian A. Calderon

    Not impressed by the 5.5″ screen and lack of Qi wireless charging. Too big for my phone preferences and too lacking after having Nexus. This is “settling for a downgrade.”

    • ChristianMcC

      You know, I’m not fond of the wireless charging, myself, and I have an N5 and wireless charger. It wastes twice the energy to give the same benefit, and that’s just stupid to me. When efficiency raises, that will be different.

      There are certain aspects about the one+one I like, but size is not one of them. The N5 body size is the latest I will go with, and am somewhat considering selling mine to get a Moto G/X, because of the battery life.

      • http://briancalderon.name Brian A. Calderon

        I love the wireless charging. I have used it since the Nexus 4 and find it extremely convenient. Especially if the day comes when I can go to a hotel’s nightstand and place my phone on it without even needing to bring a charger.

        Though, size wise I am a fan of the Moto X with it being the same as the Nexus 4. Though, the reason why I don’t have one is because, like this one+ phone, of its lack of Qi.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I just buy Qi dongles for phones without the feature built-in. No big deal, same effect, particularly if you keep your phones in a case (like me).

        • http://briancalderon.name Brian A. Calderon

          Or they could just follow their motto and include it in the phone.

      • AussieB

        I also don’t like that it apparently doesnt work with a lot of cases and Im not going to be be removing that every time I want to charge the phone, esp since I can’t even get through the day with a full charge

        • ChristianMcC

          Interesting, I’d not noticed a problem there, but I’m glad it’s worked through my TPU. I’m using the 2012 Nexus orb, which have you tried?

      • symsoul

        I’m with you on QI wireless charging which I’ve found to be largely unnecessary. I use it on my N4 but really think it’s overrated at this point. That said, I realize the new iteration of it on the HTC One (M8) is supposed to be vastly improved.

        My biggest concern with this phone is the lack of removable battery as it’s the main issue I have with my N4. Well, that, the lack of LTE, and removable memory.

        • Jacqual Hicks

          Wear did you read or see that the HTC One(M8) has “QI Wireless Charging”????

        • symsoul

          Sorry. I got Qi Charging and Quick Charge 2.0 mixed up. You’re right, the M8 does not have wireless charging due to the aluminum body. But it wouldn’t matter for me since I find Qi and other inductive charging forms to be less than stellar at present. They’re too slow and you’re limited in your ability to handle the phone while charging, unlike a cable. Did I mention heat? It’s also a tad annoying that my phone feels pretty warm when I pick it up after that type of charge.

          Are you a fan of wireless charging?

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          Enabling LTE on the Nexus 4 takes about 3 minutes and a few ADB commands, just pull a hybrid radio from XDA and set the APN/network settings properly

          **EDIT** On T-Mobile that is

  • Stone Cold

    Looks like a decent phone but the invite only and the 5.5 sceen too much for my liking.

  • AussieB

    5.5 is way too big for the average consumer

  • http://www.volkswagen.de/ Quailallstar

    I would get one but disappointed that the white model is only in 16gb gise. Major flaw. 5.5 is OK for my hands cause they are huge. My LG Optimus G Pro is the perfect size which is 5.5 and I’ve become used to it.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      I am typing this on my G Pro right now. I find that the screen is a great size, but the travel is hard – 2-handed operation is the norm for me with my G Pro.

      In other news, tonight is my last night with the G Pro. I sold it, and I must surrender it to its new owner tomorrow. :-/ I can’t say I’ll miss JB 4.1.

  • 21stNow

    OK, this may be dumb, but do you really have to smash your current phone in order to get this OnePlus for $1?

    • ChristianMcC

      If you’re one of the chosen, yes, but I’m just breaking an older phone if I’m chosen, like a Galaxy s vibrant.

      • 21stNow

        Thanks. I guess that I’ll hope not to be chosen then. I’m not smashing a phone to save around $300.

        • ChristianMcC

          You could always buy a cheapy for $10-20, but also feel free to pass your chosen status onto me…..

        • 21stNow

          I will definitely keep you in mind if I get lucky enough to get chosen!

        • 21stNow

          I saw where there are only certain phones that can be smashed, and they are all fairly recent high-end phones. That definitely counts me out.

        • ChristianMcC

          I fully understand! Me too, unless I find a super cheap galaxy s3, which is the oldest device on the list.

        • thepanttherlady

          The 64GB will be much more widely available between mid to end of June. No need to smash anything. :)

  • Jacqual Hicks

    I own an HTC One(M8) but for the specs on this device and the price. This is a great deal. As far as Cyanogen I have never used them myself personally, but I have heard nothing but great things about their roms and optimizations.

  • Jay Holm

    I have a hard time understanding how this is some sort of dream phone, but yet the battery isn’t accessible. I consider that sort of stuff to be a design flaw.

    • OmeerRahman

      Where are you getting this information from? The back cover and battery is removable. In fact the interchangeable back cover will be made available in a variety of colors and textures. It’s one of the phones main selling points. You must have missed that entire section or you’re just trolling.

      • Justin Merithew

        Where have you been getting your information from? You’re right about the style swap covers, but the battery compartment is sealed. They’ve been saying this since the day they announced the size of the battery.

    • Tyler Kirchman

      They said they made the phone without an accessible battery to make it larger. If it was removable it would only be 2500 compared to a non removable 3100mah

  • Decalex

    as a Cyanofanboy.. I was really excited about this phone, both personally and for the industry as a whole. But seriously, no sd slot? Deal breaker. I understand the reasoning, but it’s too much of a sacrifice.

    • Justin Merithew

      As security becomes a bigger concern, Android is cracking down on what you can do with an SD card, and manufacturers are less likely to included it. The fact that you can get the 64gig model, which is more than pretty much any other Android phone out there, for less than any current phone, is fantastic. SD isn’t really needed at that point.

      • DoDaDum

        That’s a bit untrue, a MicroSD card slot is still needed. I have 16GB of internal memory with a 64Gb card that has total of 400MB of combine space left. So, a 64GB internal with a MicroSD would be great for users like me.

        • Justin Merithew

          It might be good for you, but 64gig without expandable is fine for most people. Look at Nexus 5 and iPhone sales. No expandable memory and the 16gig is the most popular model for both. We’re lucky One Plus is giving us the 48 extra gigs at a fair price. You may just need to use cloud storage more if 64 gigs isn’t enough.

      • Decalex

        Yes, security is a concern. 4.4 has built in controls to limit access to external SD cards. This can be bypassed if you really want to.

        Manufacturers are less likely to include?
        We’ll see moving forward, but it’s uncommon for a device to not have an SD slot as of now.

        The whole, pay x dollars more for different internal memory sizes is a sham trend that Apple made popular. 64GB total will become less and less “plenty.” You should see how much space apps like dropbox and Google Music take up in cache, alone.

        SD cards not needed at that point?
        Couldn’t be more untrue. SD cards provide portability. Have you ever tried copying files from internal memory to a computer using MTP? It’s a nightmare. Ever had a device die where all of your pics or other files were on your internal memory? Recovery is a pain. With an external SD card… Pop it out, insert in new device.

        TL;DR
        External SD slots provide more benefits than drawbacks (for users.. *not* developers). I’ll never buy a device without an external SD slot again.

        • Justin Merithew

          I’ve used Nexus devices for years and those lack expandable memory. I’ve almost filled the 16 gigs before, so paying less than I would for a Nexus 5 for 4 times the space is more than enough for most people. Look at N5 and iPhone sales and you’ll see expandable memory is not a deal breaker. I think it’s amazing they’re not gouging you on the additional storage like other companies. And if you buy it and creep close to the 64 gig Mark try to utilize cloud storage more.

        • Decalex

          The cloud storage is great, but there’s always this issue with the current design. Dropbox is the best example. Say you have Camera upload on. Take a photo, copy 1. Auto uploaded to dropbox: copy 2 in cloud. View in dropbox app, copy 3 cached. And then the thumbnails. So, we’ve used cloud storage to save space, but the average user now is taking up more than twice the amount of space on their device. Having worked at the Tmo in the past, I’ve seen this issue over and over. Not to mention Videos or Google Music, etc.

        • Stone Cold

          I still love the SD card option. Not a big fan of any cloud storage.

        • Rauel Crespo

          So, on Android 7.5 (Yummy Desert) when the SD-Card is completely inaccessible(due to “security concerns” and totally not to force you to use Google Drive or another Cloud service /s) for ANY app to access, will you still be an advocate for the SD-Card slot even though there is no way to access it? I mean, sure you can put an SD-Card in your phone, but you might as well stick it in your wallet as it’ll be just as useful. Would you really want an SD-Card, if it doesn’t do anything? That’s what I’m dealing with the Shield right now. Here I have one of the most monsterously powerful Android devices and any games I want to install to take advantage of it is too big for the lousy 16GB(11GB) of storage. Picked up a nice Class 10 64GB SD-Card only to find that most of my games can’t be transferred to it….it’s basically useless for me since the KitKat update broke a lot of compatibility.

          I’d rather see the SD-Card banished and 64GB be the base configuration for flagship devices, with options for 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Storage really is cheap and it actually costs MORE to have a 16GB device over a 32GB device.

        • Decalex

          On android 7.5, I might change my mind. I just heard a great interview on the recent All About Android podcast with Koushik Dutta (android legend) where he talked about this a bit.

          For now, since I always root my phone, and always have a good quality SD card, there’s a ‘root only’ fix to make it accessible.. and that’s what I do. What I *haven’t* seen addressed is the fact that MTP is terrible for transferring files to your computer. I get new phones often, which is another reason I’m an SD card advocate. It makes the transfer so much easier.As cloud storage is better integrated into our galleries and file managers, I’m sure it’ll get better.

    • Nurdface Gamerhandz

      2011 called, they still want to tell you about Google Drive and Dropbox.

      • Decalex

        Read down 2 inches, broham.

        • Nurdface Gamerhandz

          I did, and dropbox/Drive/Box/cloud storage in general fix all of your needs, and the great thing about cache memory is you can clear it. I’ve got 50 GB of dropbox storage and I store absolutely everything I need across three phones and an iPad on it, I’ve used maybe 6 of my over 150 GB of combined device storage and that’s with saving a LOT of local files on my Windows Phone.

    • Rauel Crespo

      I’d rather have a 64GB phone than 16GB(which is brought down to 8GB or 5GB due to bloat that HTC and Samsung and Carriers load) with an increasingly useless SD-Card slot. On my nVidia Shield I bought a 64GB SD-Card only to find out a majority of my apps can’t be moved to the SD-Card. Limiting large games like Vice City and San Andres to the pitiful 16GB(11GB) of storage. Also KitKat limits what can be put on the SD-Card, and future Android versions will no doubt continue to limit access to the SD-Card slot. Just look at the latest camera update, you can’t even save PICTURES to the SD-Card anymore. I don’t mind that the SD-Card slot is added, as more options is always good, but putting an SD-Card is seeming more and more like an excuse for the manufactures to stick us with pitiful storage options.

  • OmeerRahman

    Omg I can’t believe you guys are still complaining about how it doesn’t have Qi charging, sd card slot this band or that band. Like seriously it’s a $300 phone and comes with some damn impressive specs. Let’s see you or any other phone company offer these specs for the price. The M8 and Galaxy S5 costs twice as much but even those phones don’t have EVERYTHING. Seriously you guys are insatiable. Even if they were giving the phone away for free you’d all be like what they didn’t include this or that with it? Smh!

    • Decalex

      Everyone has their own deal-breakers but, you’re right. This is an awesome phone at an awesome price. Keep in mind, readers of tmonews probably don’t reflect an accurate sample of the general population. I want nothing more than this phone to take off and change the industry, and what you said is a good reminder.

    • Rauel Crespo

      I’m working under the assumption that anyone saying negative things about the OnePlus One is an HTC, Samsung, Apple or LG shill/employee. I know someone who shills for MS, and see a very familiar patern.

  • Telco Joe

    This phone is excellent!! Will work great on AT&T!! I can not wait!!!!

  • Matt L

    So, can someone clarify. It will support the current tmo “lte” but not the spectrum just purchased from Verizon right?

    • Napster87

      correct. not that big of a deal though especially considering the phone is $300

  • Jay Edge

    F***** 1+1 TMOBILE 4 LIFE! MoF***** I call instant failure! It’s it’s not on TMo – fail!

    • Napster87

      allow me to ruin your moment of trolling. If it were on t-mobile, the price would be hiked up just like the 16gb version of the nexus 5. This is an international, unlocked phone. This phone will go perfect with T-mobile’s simple choice plans seeing as how they don’t include phone subsidies. you’ll own your phone and only need to pay $80 for truly unlimited highspeed data with 5gb of tethering. Probably shouldn’t have wasted my time replying to a troll but this will help other viewers see the benefits of this awesome device.

    • Rauel Crespo

      I got my HTC Nexus One Unlocked – Worked Great on T-Mo
      I got my Samsung Galaxy Nexus Unlocked – Worked Great on T-Mo
      My friend got an LG Nexus 4 Unlocked – Works Great on T-Mo

      Are you mentally deficient? OnePlus is offering a 64GB phone with better internals than the GS5 and HTC One(M8), a better camera, FOUR TIMES THE STORAGE….ALL for HALF the price of HTC and Samsung’s 16GB devices. Consider that this is only $100 more(16GB version) than the “on contract” GS5 and HTC One, and the OnePlus One is unlocked to boot.

      My guess is that the OnePlus One is such a mindblowing phone that Jay Edge became retarded after the news broke about it.

      • gean

        Same internals buddy except the extra gig of ram

      • David Firebaugh

        Well said!! Lol

    • Stone Cold

      What makes this a fail? It is an unlocked phone and works on T-Mobile’s network.

  • Hoppysport

    I currently have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile. As soon as this comes out, I’m in! I love the hardware of the Note 3, but frankly, Samsung has lost me as a customer with their useless, worthless bloatware.

    My Note 3 freezes at least 10 times a day because of their pathetic “My Magazine” attempting to run. It just won’t go away. I disable it and it still comes back. No way to delete it either. Such a shame because I like having the SD expandability and removable battery.

    It’s about time that the carriers get the balls to stand-up to Samsung and tell them to stop shipping with all of this useless, intrusive bloatware. I applaud One-Plus for what appears to be a beautiful piece of hardware and lite on the junkware.

    • Yoda

      Same experience here, Touchwiz has memory leak issue that causes it to lag after a few month of usage. The same can’t be said about Nexus or ASOP phones, they are smooth as butter

  • John Mun

    Sadly no replaceable battery. Deal killer for me. I replace my phone’s battery several times a week. No waiting to recharge…

    • David Firebaugh

      That’s a deal breaker for you huh. Wow! Well that’s cool gives people that don’t have to replace their battery several times a day

      • John Mun

        huh?