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.
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