OnePlus posts video proof: there really was a One under the Sony Xperia Z1

Some two months ago, whilst still involved in its hype-inducing marketing effort for the One, OnePlus -- a start-up based in China -- released a picture that attracted a lot of controversy during the period leading up to the release of the OnePlus One, and even afterwards. The source of the controversy was, of course, rooted in OnePlus' claim that a One unit was hidden beneath a purple Sony Xperia Z1 as to exemplify the compact proportions of the 5.5-incher.

Of course, as soon as the exact dimensions of the OnePlus One became public knowledge, many thought that OnePlus must have cheated. How else could they have hidden a device that's 75.9 mm (2.99 in) wide underneath one that is 73.9 mm ( 2.91 in)? That's probably what prompted OnePlus to answer the accusations with proof of their own in the form of a video that shows how the snap was actually taken. As we correctly pointed out at the time, the OnePlus One is simply a rather tall device, not to mention that the angle at which the photo was taken could have easily obscured a few measly millimeters. Obviously, one could argue that OnePlus was leading people on, but, strictly speaking, the company did nothing wrong, and played this by the book. Look below for the proof.

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1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

A good device but still it is lying to us consumers about such things. Even though they might have produced such a great device, I have to question their integrity. Why bash some other companies when you have such a great device? Unless there's something they have done which is not as good as competition

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I liked that in the 80's companies bashed each other in commercials. There is a hilarious one where Subaru compares it's Legacy to Toyota Camry lol :)

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

But at least they are honest about it now

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nuh, they are just trash talking as a small company tries to gain fame and popularity. I'm waiting to see how well they do this year :)

9. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Please explain to us how they are lying. The video clearly shows a OPO under Z2. They never showed the whole phone in the picture. And it is pretty much the same size as Z2 too.

12. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Like what Pa said they are leading us on. Before the launch of the phone, much hype was given to the fact that the phone is gonna pack a huge screen in a smaller than z1 body.

25. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

They never said smaller body than z1. They said a large screen but very manageable with one hand. I can understand the body is not for one hand at all but at the same time you can do it.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My problem with this phone is that it packs EVERYTHING BUT the water & dust proofing. To me this makes the phone a 2013 & NOT a 2014 phone. 2014 is the year of the water/dust proof phones. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be the phone of the year because it will be insanely spec'ed & will be water/dust proof. 5.9 inch 2K HD screen with the BEST processor & best RAM all water/dust proof. Simply EPIC!

26. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

M8 still has no waterproof. G3 might not have that either. So far there are two major OEMs which has water and dust proof phones. Sony and Samsung. This phone got no SD card which would have been better than water and dust proofness. Water and dustproof bodies are HUGE. You really want that?

34. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Actually I can live with the phone being bigger because water/dust proofing is awesome. I can go literally ANYWHERE & not worry about a thing. That piece of mind is well worth the added size. HUGE is really an overstatement. They are still smaller than phablets. The Galaxy Note 4 will rule everything. Also, I bet anything the next HTC One (M9) & the LG G4 will be dust and waterproof. Put it in the books!

35. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

yeah everywhere huh? Just so you know.. the waterproofing is not good in salt water. The flappy thing on S5 will wear down eventually and considering you are opening and closing it at least once a day... I wouldn't trust the waterproofness of that phone within 6 months. On z2 you can have a magnetic charger on the side so less to worry about. Water and dustproof on phones is really great and i love it but there are flaws that makes me not trusting it fully yet. Z2 and M8 is not that smaller than Note 3. they are no doubts huge. Note 4 will come out late this year with the latest specs but it will be too big for many. I would be fine with just dust and water resistant phones. No way will I risk my phone under water for swimming. There are cases for pretty cheap you can protect your phone for the same thing.

41. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

All the places where you may get a little splash or two of fresh water on your phone is not "anywhere". Well, not for many people :) Take your phone into the mud and you will have issues right away. Or mix some flour and water and put that into the phone like in a real kitchen. Or go to the beach and get salt water/sand back behind the speaker membrane. Or in the headphone port so your headphone plug abrades the the metal contacts and the salt water corrodes them. Not so great. I would rather Samsung kept the "Active" model and made a "normal" S5 that had better audio, was slimmer, etc.

47. twatts723

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2013

You can still simply drop it on the ground and break it

27. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

It's either raise the price so they can do commercials (IIRC, there was an article on the Verge recently breaking down how advertising affects the price of the phone. Hint: having ads make the phone more expensive to cover the cost of the ads), or market the sh*t out of it using social media.

46. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Well they needed a good advertisement and they need to proved it by starting it with the best handset. There's nothing to prove here in my opinion why not let their phone be reviewed or test by tech site so that we would know real life experience to it. As of this time only the price is appealing to me, though it has a good specs , still we as tech lovers would love to put it to the test .

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hey PA, it kinda disturbs me that whenever I start the size comparison tool, Galaxy S5 is automatically there. No matter what phone I select... I'd like if only the phones I selected were there... Just like in the past

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol...There are more things in life to get disturbed about rather then 'a default phone on PA's size comparison tool.' Anywho, I think its mostly based on the phone which is 'viewed' the most on site at a particular given time. At least that's how it is on I think this is much more helpful since it saves time for majority of the visitors based on probability.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It's these small things that annoy me the most lol.

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Remember, PA was also using an iPod Classic and a double-A battery as their default comparison devices until very recently... Consider it an improvement that at least now they're using something relevant to this decade.

30. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Hmm. I have never seen those. Anyway I think they shouldn't have those default things. Maybe a yardstick on the side or something.

42. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's probably one of the ways PA makes money. Just laugh at how rigged everything is and keep up the great posts :)

6. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

what. I just saw both phone specifications and it shows that One Plus One is wider than Z1 by 1.9 mm and taller by 8.9 mm. It doesn't sound like fitting more into less, more like fitting more into more. ಠ_ಠ

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

That's why they don't show the whole length of the phone and he purposely aligned them on the top after he top down the Z1

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Z1 is ridiculously big so that honestly doesn't say much. If the G3 is only slightly bigger than the G2 with a 5.5 inch screen though, that is impressive.

11. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The one plus one will be a nexus killer of priced right.

13. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

The original teaser only showed the top half, which allowed them to get away without showing that the OnePlus One is taller. Even then, they're using a trick of the camera angle to make it look like it fits completely over the Z1. The Z1 isn't a narrow phone by any means, especially for a 5 inch phone, but OnePlus was misleading consumers by trying to say that their 5.5" phone is the size of a 5" phone. It's not. It's the size of a 5.5" phone, as is the Z1. In fact, the Note 3 isn't all that much bigger than either.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No...they always have shown it to be about the size of a Note 3...that was no secret...this entire article about supposedly OnePlus lying is just a bunch of garbage.

15. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Basically a con.

16. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

IMHO they didn't really do anything wrong. I mean, they didn't alter the size of the OnePlus One, did they?

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They were lying? Are people that dumb? Answer: Yes

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