OnePlus One has a 5.5 inch screen, but it’s smaller than a 5 inch phone

OnePlus is continuing to gradually reveal specs for its upcoming smartphone. We already knew the OnePlus One would have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and a 3100mAh battery. Now we also know it’ll have a 5.5 inch display.

Think that’ll make the phone too big? Well it turns out OnePlus is promising it’ll actually be smaller than the Sony Xperia Z1, a phone with a 5 inch display.

In fact the company posted a teaser photo of an Xperia Z1, claiming that a OnePlus One is hiding underneath.

OnePlus One hidden beneath a Sony Xperia Z1

The phone will have a 1920 x 1080 pixel display from Japan Display Inc, and it’ll feature a TOL (Touch On Lens) module so that there’s pretty much no space between the display panel and touch sensor.

According to OnePlus founder Pete Lau, the company considered using a 5 inch display, but decided instead to include a larger screen but squeeze it into a case the size of a smaller phone to get the best of both worlds. He says the OnePlus One has “one of the best screen/front space ratios on the market” and features a slim case and tapered edges.

The company also ruled out a 2560 x 1440 pixel or higher resolution display, claiming it would use at least 35 percent more power than a 1080p screen while offering no visible benefit on a 5.5 inch screen.

The OnePlus One will run CyanogenMod software when it launches in the second quarter of 2014, and it’s expected to be available in at least 10 countries at launch. It’s a GSM phone that’ll support AT&T and T-Mobile’s 4G networks in the United States.

It’s expected to come in 16GB and 64GB versions, while details about the memory, camera, and other features are yet to come.

Update: The OnePlus One will also feature Moto X-style “always listening” voice action support, allowing you to wake up your phone without touching the screen by speaking a command.

Update 2: The phone will also have a Sony 13MP camera that can shoot 4K video or 120 frames per second video at lower resolutions.

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  • yogibimbi

    OnePlus One? I am confused. Is it a Two then?

    • BoloMKXXVIII

      Nope. It is a Too.
      Too much talk. Send one to Brad for review already! By the time it comes out it will be a generation behind!

  • http://romanovskis.blogspot.com romanovskis

    It’s not difficult to be smaller than Z1, which has ugly large bezel

  • werewolfc

    “5.5 inch screen, but it’s smaller than a 5 inch phone”

    Very nice !!! 147×74 mm !!!!

    Huawei Honor 3X G750 is closer 150×77 mm
    That’s a good trend! keep the size and use a bigger screen

  • optimismprime

    At this point i wouldn’t buy any 32bit ARM phone anymore. If you could make do with your current phone up until now, you can till the 2nd half of the year when the first Snapdragon 810 phones come out.

    Not because you “need” 64bit, or >4GB RAM on a Phone, but because Android going forward and the drivers will keep those much longer alive via custom roms than the current 32 bit phones.

    • Alan

      I’m going to bet the usual closed non-maintained ARM drivers are going to stop updates to both official and stable custom ROMs before 32-bit support is lost.

      • optimismprime

        there are a lot of custom roms that can use binary driver blobs meant for much older versions of android. Like there are some 4.4.2 KitKat Roms that use ICS 4.0.x binary blobs on devices that never got any JB. Similar things surely can and will be done down the road for 64bit devices/android.

      • kron

        From my personal experience, the custom ROMs often have hardware issues due to the closed drivers not being fully compatible with the newer Linux kernel. Sometimes some hardware doesn’t work at all. The usual things are GPU, WiFi, cellular and GPS issues. To some, it may just be better to stay with an older version of Android due to the hardware incompatibilities.

        Also, what makes you think 32-bit support would go away within the typical useable lifetime of a 32-bit phone coming out within the year?

  • Baiyu Li

    So much for 2560*1600 and octacore. And also the 300$ price point. Its funny because they’re settling when their slogan is never settle