OnePlus CEO Pete Lau explains why they’ve opted for the non-removable variant: “A removable battery would have meant adding a protective layer to the motherboard as well as extra circuitry, resulting in a smaller battery (2500 mAh, 20% less battery juice!) or a significantly thicker phone.” We’re assuming that this means the new device will be pretty thin.
The 3,100 mAh battery inside the OnePlus One will be complemented by some “mystery tech” that the company currently doesn’t want to detail. In any case, this battery should “last long enough to get even the most active users through an entire day of use.”
There are still important details to be revealed about the OnePlus One, including its screen size and resolution, camera features, storage options and so on. The company previously stated that its One smartphone (no, not that One) would rival Apple’s iPhone when it comes to design. Well, we’re waiting to see what that means.
Although OnePlus is based in China, its CyanogenMod handset will be available internationally - most likely not via any carriers, so you’ll have to buy it unlocked. The OnePlus One is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of the year, costing no more than $400.