Budget OnePlus One smartphone launched with £229 price tag

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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