Chinese smartphone startup OnePlus doesn’t plan to officially show us what their first phone looks like until April 23rd. But that’s about the only thing we don’t know at this point.
The company had already made it clear that the OnePlus One would have a 5.5 inch full HD display, a 13MP camera, Cyanogen software, a 3100mAh battery, and swappable back covers. Now we also know that it’ll have a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU and 3GB of RAM.
It’s expected to launch in at least 10 markets and sell for around $400 or less, which could make the OnePlus One a rather attractive alternative to a Google Nexus 5… for some spec geeks, at least.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- OnePlus Onesmartphone to sport 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 + 3GB of RAM
While the OnePlus One is the company’s first phone, the team is led by former Oppo executive Pete Lau, who knows a thing or two about offering top-notch smartphones at reasonable prices. [OnePlus]
- More on Google Project Ara: Google will supply endoskeleton, rely on third parties for modules
Google is holding its first developer event to bring folks together to discuss its upcoming modular smartphone project later this month — but Google has already been working with 3D printers and other outside folks to finte tune the concept of a smartphone with easily upgradeable and replaceable components. [MIT Technology Review]
- Pipo X1 is a $40 Android TV stick with RK3188 quad-core CPU
At first glance, it’s yet-another Android TV stick with a Rockchip processor. But Pipo is a fairly well known tablet maker with a number of cheap tablets under its belt… which might help explain why the company’s TV stick is just a little more expensive than a Chromecast, but manages to pack 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a quad-core CPU, and Android 4.2 software. [CNX Software]
- Asus Zenbook NX500 15.6 inch, 4K ultrabook shows up at Milan Design Week in Italy
We already knew Asus was working on a thin and light laptop with an Ultra HD display. Now Notebook Italia has spotted the Asus Zenbook NX500 in the wild. Detailed specs aren’t yet available, but it will have an solid state drive, up to a Core i7 Haswell CPU, 4GB of RAM, and most likely a high price tag. [Notebook Italia]
- Report: Upcoming Samsung tablet to have 10.5 inch, AMOLED WQHD display
Rumors of a new Samsung tablet with an AMOLED display have been making the rounds for a while, and now an exclusive report suggests it’ll have a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.4 KitKat. [SamMobile]
- NVIDIA Shield software update brings remote GameStream, Notebook streaming, and Android 4.4
The update brings the latest version of Android to NVIDIA’s handheld game system, but that might actually be the least noteworthy thing about hte April Update. It also now lets you play PC games just about anywhere (as long as you have a good internet connection) by streaming games from your home PC over the internet. [NVIDIA]
- Xtreamer SideWinder4 Android TV box hits the FCC
The SideWinder4 TV Box supports WiFi and Ethernet, has an AMlogic AM8726 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. What really sets it apart are the 3 USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF, DLNA and Miracast support, and ability to work as a DVB-T2 TV receiver. It also comes with XBMC and Cheapcast preloaded. [FCC]