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Budget OnePlus One smartphone launched with £229 price tag

Luke Johnson


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Little known manufacturer OnePlus has entered the smartphone race and looks set to shake things up as the OnePlus One lands with a budget £229 price tag.

A premium handset at a minimalist fee, the 5.5-inch Full HD OnePlus One will be a direct rival to the high profile Google Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto G.

Although the phone has yet to be handed a precise release date, the manufacturer has confirmed that 100 handsets will be made available in the US later this week as part of a “Smash” promotion.

Those desperate to get their mitts on the device can smash up their existing smartphone and splash out a solitary dollar to secure a One.

A UK launch is expected “soon.”

OnePlus One Features

Punching above its weight, the OnePlus One packs a features list which far exceeds the expectations of its price tag.

Powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor – just like the market leading Samsung Galaxy S5 – the OnePlus One adds 3GB of RAM in to the mix to match the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

With a 13-megapixel rear-mounted camera being joined by a 5-megapixel forward-facing snapper the phone’s photographic capabilities are well catered for and, with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display up front, captured images will get a good platform for viewing.

Although the 16GB One will set wannabe owners back £229, the larger capacity 64GB option has been priced at just £269.

While we hope to bring you a full OnePlus One review shortly, we can't help but be impressed by a manufacturer taking such a consumer positive approach to the smartphone space.

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Prem Desai

April 23, 2014, 2:09 pm

Sounds good. Let hope its not just a numbers game and that there is substance (and support) to this device.

Eagerly awaiting a review .....

Geoff Richards

April 23, 2014, 2:21 pm

Me too. We have contacted OnePlus for a review sample, and hope to give it a full Trusted review soon!

Gordon Kelly

April 23, 2014, 2:48 pm

There are some mouthwatering aspects not mentioned above:

-It has Cyanogenmod which is vanilla Android but even more customisable.
-The camera is sourced from Sony and features OIS (fundamental now to good images and video IMO)
-The 'Snapdragon processor' is the latest 801, which is faster than the 800 but primarily delivers much better battery life and...
-The battery is huge (3100mAh) and replaceable
-The back is removable and actually comes with (what look to be) really classy cover options and tapers to approx. 4.5mm thick
-It has the same footprint at the 5in HTC One M8


April 24, 2014, 1:30 am

>It has Cyanogenmod which is vanilla Android but even more customisable.

Not quite correct, it comes with Cyanogenmod 11S.
The S means its a custom build, notice how it has a custom theme.

Gordon Kelly

April 24, 2014, 12:16 pm

Cyanogenmod 11S displays the vanilla look of Android, but with the greater customisation afforded by Cyanogenmod. We're saying the same thing, I was just trying to put it simply ;)

Nebojsa Zdravkovic

April 25, 2014, 11:37 am

Launched... where?

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