OnePlus One aims big: leaked design sketches reveal an aluminum unibody


When we first got word from OnePlus on the goal it has set for itself, we were, frankly, rather indifferent. Ambitious, big talk is easy, but executing on it is another topic altogether. But we kept an eye out on the Hong Kong-based company, and we've got to admit that we're getting more and more anxious to meet their first flagship, the One, by the minute. 

And how could we not? The key features that OnePlus has already outlined are pretty compelling -- a large, 5.5-display with an impressive body/screen ratio of at least 72% (think Nexus 5), a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 3100 mAh cell with "mystery tech". The LTE-capable phone will also come running a specially-crafted CyanogenMod OS (yes, from the talented team at CyanogenMod Inc.) with an always-on, always-listening feature, and an early camera samples comparison OnePlus staged leads us to believe that the company is quite comfortable with its camera tech. 

Best of all, that whole package will be wrapped into an aluminum unibody à la HTC One style, according to a design sketch obtained by BGR from a "trusted source". Sure, these are not exactly confirmed, not to mention that making any grand conclusions based on what could very well be just prototype drawings, is kind of like putting the horse in front of the cart. That said, we do have to say that we like what we're seeing, even though it's too early to tell if this will really rival the iPhone design, as OnePlus' CEO, Pete Lau, has asserted in the past. 

So what kind of price can your average Android nerd expect? "Definitely" under $400 (and not $399, as Lau has implied in the past). That's a pretty impressive figure, considering the high-quality build that OnePlus seems to be going for. Should the start-up deliver on all these promises so far, we could very well have a flagship worth raving about, especially since the company is promising international shipping and is, generally, very pro-West.

March 16 can't get here sooner. Count us unsettled.

source: BGR

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15 Comments

1. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Here's hoping that they deliver.

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

These sketches are reminding me of vivo xplay 3s

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wait a minute, is that my old red Xperia P in that picture? I miss that phone, it was my first smartphone. :( But anyway, it looks like the One phone will have buttons the back or a fingerprint sensor judging from the design sketch.

3. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Please no. I hate buttons on the back.

9. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

But you have a G2 as profile pic...

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

According to @evleaks, there will be a choice of hardware/software buttons. https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/443053539926237184

10. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Captive>On Screen

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For phones with small bezels or front stereo speakers on-screen are better. For phones with big bezels then captive/physical are better.

8. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Ya, I'm sure that is the Xperia P in red color because I'm still using it, in silver though...

13. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

What back buttons? It's only has logo, flash and camera.

5. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Not gonna lie, getting kind of excited for this phone. Not quite sure if it will be a worthy upgrade from my Nexus 5, and I guess we still have to see what US carriers OnePlus will be working with. But I am defiantly excited to see what they come up with.

6. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

there's no buttons on the back it's the logo and the entire front panel is entirely a screen there will only be a thin bezel circleing around the panel and speakers at the bottom...the beta prototype looked amazing...this is very close to the design of it

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Announced March 16th, available March 30th or so my eyes that are a master of deciphering blurry text can see... Who am I kidding....I can't tell what that says. :\

11. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i see a note 3 on top of iphone

15. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

um its march 16 where is this one

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