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.




Notably, the 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 , Phandroid

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60 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I guess some company should learn design, from this phone.

16. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

you mean some song

30. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Along with bamboo, denim, sandstone, kevlar and silk they also offer babyskin (Pic #2)

62. KiwiRoundEye

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

O for awesome username bro.

65. KiwiRoundEye

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

O for awesome username bro.

53. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

growup

33. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 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: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Thats f-ing awesome but I thought it was smaller than the Z1?

3. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

nice looking phone

32. Sauce unregistered

!Yes! So friggen beautiful!

56. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

So everyone agrees that "rectangle phones look better than S5 , iP5 design than curve vs sharp edges"...?

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not bad. Not bad at all!

5. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

6. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

F****ing beautiful. . .

7. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 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.

40. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Nope. Definitely only oppo.

57. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

no not the iP5 and all Samsung phones. They have curved rectangle and oppo7 and this have sharp angles.

9. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

ddadaddadada awesome!

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG Oh yeah. Thats beyond beautiful.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Best price-looks ratio on any smartphone.

58. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Really dam "sexy"

11. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

but they said it will be smaller than xperia z1..... f**king liars.....they certainly got good publicity for it...

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

still pretty huge, i'll hold out for the mini

17. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

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