OnePlus One leaks out ahead of April 23 reveal - Oppo looks, Moto style
We have to give it to OnePlus - it managed to keep its heavily hyped phone in almost complete secrecy until half a week before the announcement. A record-like achievement, considering how rampant leaks sprout in the smartphone business. Still, ahead of April 23, alleged press renders of the OnePlus One are now out for everyone to see. While the photos do look legitimate, there's always the possibility they were put together by crafty designers. So don't take our conclusions as the final word on this phone.
Disclaimers aside, this might very well be the OnePlus One. It's a beautiful smartphone with a design that says "Oppo Find 7 on the front, Moto X on the back." The first half of this well-intended joke of ours makes a lot of sense, as OnePlus is founded by former Oppo staff. It seems they decided to preserve and refine the Find 5/Find 7's elegant design when they walked out to make their own phones, which is a sensible thing to do when one has such a fine foundation on their hands.
he side bezels around the 5.5-inch display appear to be quite slim. But the OnePlus is a big boy of a smartphone - its footprint is said to be 6 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches (152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm). These dimensions are an almost exact match with the Oppo Find 7’s (6.01 x 2.95 x 0.36 inches/152.6 x 75 x 9.2mm), but the OnePlus is slightly thinner. They are also bigger than the Xperia Z1's (5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches/144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm), but thankfully, smaller than the LG G Pro 2's imposing phablet presence (6.22 x 3.22 x 0.33 inches/157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm. As OnePlus claimed that the One gets perfectly covered up when put under a Xperia Z1, these dimensions might not spell the truth.
Moving on to the back, we learn that OnePlus is going to offer interchangeable panels in different textures and colors. The so-called StyleSwap panels will be available in textures such as denim, bamboo, kevlar, silk, and sandstone. The last three are said to be made from the actual materials.
Ready for more? We have some screenshots from the OnePlus One's CyanogenMod11S-based Android build. It's a very minimal, barebones UI with a few design touches. It looks nice and it probably looks well coupled with the smartphone's minimalistic, cleaned-up design. Still, if you don't like the stock Android vibe, you know that launchers and themes are just a few taps away.
The OnePlus One's official announcement is about to happen on April 23 (next Wednesday). But the smartphone won't be going on sale for a few weeks after, and in a somewhat polarizing move, its maker decided to throw in an invitation scheme that makes being able to buy the OnePlus One something of a privilege. Then again, being able to enjoy a more powerful and better-looking smartphone than the Nexus 5 for the same-ish price is something of a privilege.
Update: According to Francois from Cyanogen, the UI screenshots are legitimate, but show an older build of the OPO.
via Android Authority
1. Finalflash (Posts: 1588; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Damn that looks nice, I hope that is the actual phone or something equivalent looks wise. Size wise it looks a bit bigger than I had imagined but it might just be the pics.
15. akki20892 (Posts: 3310; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I guess some company should learn design, from this phone.
30. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 268; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
Along with bamboo, denim, sandstone, kevlar and silk they also offer babyskin (Pic #2)
33. Johnnokia (Posts: 488; Member since: 27 May 2012)
This is not compact and smaller than the Xperia Z1 or Z2 as they previously mentioned.
They were laying from the beginning. Very unacceptable.
I had faith
35. tricky (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Or this a fake? Nothing is confirmed...plus in the renders the UI is totally different unless it is some custom Cyanogenmod Theme or UI for the Chinese market.
37. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
Companies should learn from community concepts in general, sometimes (like this one) concept designs looks better than the actual things when released.
2. Neo_Huang (Posts: 344; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
Thats f-ing awesome but I thought it was smaller than the Z1?
32. Sauce (unregistered)
So friggen beautiful!
56. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
So everyone agrees that "rectangle phones look better than S5 , iP5 design than curve vs sharp edges"...?
5. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 329; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Looks slightly better than the Find 7 but not as unique as the Find 5 or N1. Looks good though, I like the backings.
7. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
Wow... I say the 1+1 has stood up to the hipe it had than any other mobile... +1 to 1+1... o_0
8. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Looks way too much like Oppo. Kinda disappointed.
34. Sauce (unregistered)
A lot of phones look like this.
57. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
no not the iP5 and all Samsung phones. They have curved rectangle and oppo7 and this have sharp angles.
10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3078; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG Oh yeah. Thats beyond beautiful.
12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1333; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Best price-looks ratio on any smartphone.
11. Anshulonweb (Posts: 303; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
but they said it will be smaller than xperia z1..... f**king liars.....they certainly got good publicity for it...
13. jellmoo (Posts: 651; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Wait wait wait... That's taller than the Note 3. Granted, it's not as wide, but still... The price is nice and all, but if I'm sacrificing one handed use there had better be some innovative features to make up for it.
14. seanwhat (Posts: 91; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
still pretty huge, i'll hold out for the mini
17. aayupanday (Posts: 514; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Massive size for a phone. That footprint takes it to the Phablet Territory. Even the Galaxy Note 3 Neo has smaller size than that.
18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3078; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Wondering how CM is barebones, also the trebutchet launcher(cm inbuilt launcher) is more functional than nova plus system-wide theme engine(system-wide meaning not just homescreen and drawer). So there's no point downloading other launchers PA correct it.
20. tedkord (Posts: 4507; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I personally don't like Trebuchet. I always install Nova Prime over it.
55. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 600; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Same here and the system-wide theme engine is not depending on trebuchet. Do love the theme engine of CM tho
21. luis.d (Posts: 135; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
We're not dissing CM, just acknowledging its UI might not be everyone's cup of mint-tea.
19. antonioli (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Isn't the idea do something as HTC One with unibody metal, mainly in the back?
22. Planterz (Posts: 694; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Sexy. If Sony doesn't get off their duff and crank out some Z2s, I might just pick this up instead (if the 64gb model is reasonably priced as well).
23. AfterShock (Posts: 2676; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Its ok, no doubt.
Though it sure looks like my N5 crossed with a Sony phone.
24. Taters (Posts: 2675; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Looks super nice but it's way too big If those are the dimensions. If it is smaller than the Z1 and looks like that. I am sold
59. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
There should be 3 sizes vailable for this> 4.5>5>5.5 inches, even better would be 4.3 for womens and girls...
25. engineer-1701d (Posts: 640; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
its a fake no front stereo speakers that they said it would have
26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2650; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The phone basically is an Oppo Find 7 with a slightly different design and a $100 cheaper price, making it the same price as a 16GB Nexus 5 in the US. From a company that is ex-Oppo, it makes sense. Provided there are no large problems that crop up, I would rather have this phone than a Nexus 5. At approximately $250 less than a Galaxy S5 and $300 less than a HTC One M8, the OPO looks like an even better deal. I just hope OPO can get enough of these made so everyone interested has a chance to buy it.
27. FoxDavis (Posts: 41; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)
This phone does make me hate my Nexus 4 all the more.
28. TisaTsir (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
It's the best best smartphone considering specs n price....I hope it'll live up to my expectations.
63. julie_samudio (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
My concern is the life time 6 mo to 1 year only...I AM a OPO fan!!!!
29. NedStarkLeMadrilene (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Oct 2013)
Oh no :( This is so beautiful!! If only the screen was a 5" inch screen or smaller, I would definitely buy it. But too big for me
36. Sumanji (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)
Could someone please add this to the size comparison tool? Thanks :)
38. alila2 (Posts: 118; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
i was really excited for this phone and thought of replacing my nexus 5 , until i saw the bottom bezel and overall dimensions which is no different from the oppo 7 , what happened to its going to be smaller than the Z1 ??? i guess i have to wait and see might be fake or just wait for the G3 .
39. shankey_19 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)
How can it have both capacitive buttons and onscreen navigational buttons?
52. luis.d (Posts: 135; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
The phone actually lets users choose between the two types of buttons.
41. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
cool phone, dumb name.
42. Killua (Posts: 262; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
It's Oppo-ish but good nonetheless, especially with added Moto X's flavors. Kinda disappointed in the size though, since they said it could hide under the Z1. It's kinda mixed feelings since the device looks good but OnePlus kinda disappointing these days.
44. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
HTC wanted to maintain it's flagship's image by calling their new phone "One" again.
Now this phone would now be known as the "One",
and HTC's would be remembered as M8. rotflol
45. irfanil (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
The design is beautiful but it was suppose to smaller then z1 :\
Are they using capacitive keys instead of on screen at the front?
51. luis.d (Posts: 135; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)
OnePlus offers a choice between on-screen and capacitive buttons. There are two screenshots of the UI in the original leak, one has no on-screen buttons, and the other one, which we published, has them. We decided not to post the former screenshot, as it looked exactly the same, only without the buttons.
54. Nevada (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Feb 2013)
How can you hide a 152,9x75,9 mm device under a 144x74 mm phone???? Starting a career with a big fat lie isn't inviting for me. Oneplus you are the weakest link, goodbye.
60. na7noo7 (Posts: 184; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
It's probably fake, dont leave the best phone ever.
61. na7noo7 (Posts: 184; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)
These guys have small hands and pockets, my M8 fits my pocket.