OnePlus plans to introduce their first smartphone on April 23rd, but the company’s generated a lot of buzz by promising high quality hardware at an affordable price. It doesn’t hurt that OnePlus is led by Pete Lau, a former executive at Chinese smartphone maker Oppo.
Ahead of the official launch, we already have a good idea of the price, specs, and even what kind of photos you can take with the camera on the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone. Now OnePlus is providing a look at the custom version of CyanogenMod software for the phone… and if that isn’t enough, some images of the handset have leaked.
As promised, it looks like the phone has a very large display and a very small bezel around the screen, which explains how OnePlus managed to squeeze a 5.5 inch display into a phone the size of a typical 5 inch smartphone.
The OnePlus One reportedly measures about 6″ x 3″ x 0.35″ and weighs about 5.6 ounces. It has a shape that’s reminiscent of an Oppo Find 7, with a nearly rectangular design softened by slightly curved edges.
OnePlus will also offer accessories including a range of “StyleSwap” rear covers which you can use to change the look of the phone, and a few other items which you can see at Android Authority. We should learn more about these accessories on the 23rd.
The phone will also be the first device to ship with CyanogenMod 11S software. The CyanogenMod team started out as a group of hobbyists working on custom versions of Android with performance tweaks and user customization options. Last year a group of core developers founded Cyanogen Inc and started reaching out to device makers.
A limited edition of the Oppo N1 came with Cyanogen software. But the OnePlus One is the first phone designed specifically to work with CyanogenMod — and the Cyanogen team has created a custom user interface with a lock screen, theme engine, custom fonts, and more.
The software also includes Cyanogen’s suite of apps including a file manager, camera, and gallery to replace the stock Android apps — although the OnePlus One will be compatible with the Google Play Store and other Google apps.
via Phandroid and OnePlus BBS
What is meant by “OnePlus One will be compatible with the Google Play Store and other Google apps.”?
It’s coming with gapps installed
The OnePlus One reportedly measures about 6′ x 3″ x 0.35″
Wow, a 6 foot, 3 inch phone? When it’s not busy, the Knicks could possibly use him….
If they’re going ti compete in the phablet space then they should include an active digitizer and built-in stylus holder.
Seems too big.
When Samsung replaces Google parts, people cry bloat. I’m curious to see if Cyanogenmod is held to the same standard. I actually like some of Samsung’s apps, but concede some are half baked. The same, though can and should be said about Cyanogenmod, which is notoriously unstable and a battery hog.
I haven’t used CM for a year since it was pretty flaky. Much of it was due to closed drivers that ARM vendors and OEMs never update for new Linux kernels. At least with the OEM working specifically with CM this time, the phone might not be as flaky. When I did use CM, some added things were bad and some were good. To me, most of the good things were stuff mostly used by people into rooting though.
Anyway, it just put me off with how OnePlus has gone about marketing their phone. I know I should judge the phone itself but I’m not above succumbing to my subjective feelings.
1. Those dimensions aren’t great. My LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5″ display and measures 5.91 x 3.00 x 0.37 inches. . . and it is a year old and has capacitive buttons and a home button.
2. The front glass looks like it stands out, is higher than everything else, which would make it VERY prone to breaking.
3. Those two things make me worry about this device.
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