This “invite-only” smartphone beats the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S!

“OnePlus One is not yet sold by carrier or other third parties. You must first secure an invitation to purchase.”

As a follow-up to the article I wrote last December titled “81% of Smartphones Are Powered by Linux”, I wanted to briefly write about another Android based smartphone… yes another one, but so far off reading Don’t! 🙂 It’s rocking the smartphone market. Not only because of its features and quality, but also because of the industry-changing approach this amazing tool is being used to sell/market… one and one By oneplus,

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based on CyanogenMod (Based on an open source operating system android mobile platformOnePlus begins its journey far from ideal with the aim of not only competing but also being better and more powerful than smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S and HTC One M8. More importantly, doing so without reliance on mobile carriers (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) who use the latest smartphones to engage buyers in their customer base. If you’re not sold out yet, it’s probably because you think only “specs” should do the talking. In which case, please see below.

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Here are the OnePlus One specs

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Dimensions of the device – 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
Device weight – 5.71 oz (162 g)
Display Size – 5.5 inch JDI
RAM – 3GB LP-DDR3 @1866MHz ,
Storage – 16/64 GB eMMC 5.0
CPU – Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 Quad-Core Processor at 2.5GHz ,
Display Resolution – 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 ppi ,
Camera Sensor – 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214 ,
Front Camera – 5 Megapixels – Distortion Free
Video – 4K resolution video with stereo recording slow motion: 720p video at 120fps ,
Frequency – GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
WCDMA – Band: 1/2/4/5/8
LTE – Band: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40

I’m sold! So how do I buy the OnePlus One?

Very strong glasses huh? Now you might be asking… “How do I buy this?! How do I get the OnePlus One??!!” well you can’t. Well, you can, but you can’t until you get an official invite. Don’t take my word for it, you can read the description Here, Unlike all other high-end smartphones, the OnePlus One is not sold by carriers or in stores. Keep in mind that if you purchase from a third party, it will not be covered by the OnePlus warranty.
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I remember, (please correct me if I’m wrong) the somewhat successful approach we’ve seen for the OnePlus One was the Moto X (now a bit dated) by Motorola. However, you can buy the Moto X through carriers (with all their bloat) and sadly, the specs made it on par with the competition at the time. As a result the Moto X didn’t guarantee a launch price of around $600 for the 16GB model (now $299). Keep in mind that Motorola will be launching the Moto X+1 (yup “Plus One”) later this year with very similar specifications. But will they be able to compete on the price point?!

On the other hand, the new OnePlus One surpasses even the best high-end smartphones in many ways, with a base price of $299 for the 16GB version and just $349 for the 64GB version. About 1/2 the price of any smartphone with similar specs!

With an invite-only launch, it’s a given that it will be off to a somewhat slow start. But the OnePlus One is rapidly gaining good momentum! Need more information? See more this page, If you want to stick around, check out my blog collection. Already own a Moto X? Then you will probably find these design covers for oneplus one…

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The first image on the top is of the black 64GB OnePlus One: stephen jodi

Oneplus One Invitation 03/19/2015! (Update: someone made a claim!)

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