OnePlus One will cost "under $500" unlocked

OnePlus One will cost
We haven't gotten too much as far as hard information about the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone which will ship with CyranogenMod. All we know for sure is that the device is planned to be released in Q2 of 2014, beyond that is just marketing hype like CEO Pete Lau claiming that the device will rival the iPhone in design. Now, we're getting a bit of hard info on the cost of the device.

Early this morning (or late last night, depending on how you judge those things), Pete Lau took to Google+ with some solid news about the OnePlus One. Lau is guaranteeing that the handset "will be priced below $500 USD unlocked and off-contract". This is an impressive claim that is made all the more interesting given that OnePlus has also promised that the One will be built using the best components and "2014 flagship specs" both inside and out. Of course, we don't know exactly what those components and specs will be, but anything aimed at the high-end that is under $500 unlocked is an intriguing proposition.

Given that the device is planned for release in Q2 which begins in just about five and a half weeks, we're expecting to see some proper images of the device soon enough, because it must be ramping up production at this point. OnePlus seems content to drop a bit of new info every once in a while though, and no one has gotten any leaks on the product. 

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8 Comments

1. AppleHateBoy unregistered

"OnePlus has also promised that the One will be built using the best components and "2014 flagship specs" both inside and out. Of course, we don't know exactly what those components and specs will be, but anything aimed at the high-end that is under $500 unlocked is an intriguing proposition." Nexus 4 shipped with (almost) the best of 2012 for 300 bucks. Nexus 5 shipped with the best of 2013 for 350 bucks. How is this impressive??

3. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

In terms of on paper specs, yeah, the Nexus 4 and 5 were using the best of the best for their respective years. There are still a bunch of things that were skimped out on that I notice on my Nexus 5: -Faint lines show up behind the display when it's used in the sunlight, also not the best viewing angles. -The speakers had an issue which was kind of fixed, but they still aren't great. -The antennas are worse than the mid-ranged Pantech Burst I got in 2012 for $0.99 on contract. -The design is great, the build quality could be better. -Camera is 8mp, 13mp was pretty standard in 2013. -And most importantly the mediocre-at-best battery life. On paper it will probably be pretty close to 2014 flagships but hopefully they'll put money into the less obvious things like I mentioned.

7. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Camera maybe 8 MP. But it's got OIS, which most flagships did not.

4. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Impressive because it will be in a similar class as that of Nexus.. Nexus' low cost costs are managed because of the financial and tactical prowess of Google.. Any similar achievement by a new player in the handset market (CyanogenMod) is commendable and a very welcome development.

8. AppleHateBoy unregistered

That's the problem. CM is new to the market. There is no guarantee that they will support the device for 2 years. Google supported the Galaxy Nexus for almost 2 years, 22 months to be exact. CM may not.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

lmao @cyranogenmod

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha @cyranogenmod

6. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oneplus One = 2 2 => Htc one 2 and Xperia Z2 2 => 2014 best specs ... Htc one 2 and Xperia Z2 = 2014 best specs =D

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