Ever heard of the OnePlus One? It’s some handset from the future that’s, like, way cheap. Dirt cheap, in fact. Cheaper than even the Nexus 5. But it’s not just cheap; the device comes with some truly impressive specs—specs you’d expect from today’s biggest flagship devices. OnePlus is actually billing the device as a “flagship killer.” But good luck finding one.
There are many reasons to like the OnePlus One: it’s cheap, it has great specs. It also, for those who care, comes with the latest version of CyanogenMod right out of the box, a modded version of Android that’s gained a kind of cult following over the past few years. It’s as close to Android as you can get, developed by Cyanogenmod rather than Google. You basically get all the perks of Google-made apps, but the benefits of perhaps a more ambitious vision of what a mobile OS can be.
The invite system aside, it’s easy to see why people are so hyped. The device comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3100mAh battery, LTE support, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 801 processor. In addition, it sports a 13-megapixel shooter, a beautiful design, and a StyleSwap feature that allows users to easily exchange back covers with material like wood, kevlar and denim.
We’ve recapped our favorite OnePlus One features, which include things like price, design and the many wonders of CyanogenMod. Compared to devices like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and LG G3, the OnePlus One is a very enticing proposition. For just $249, you can get a flagship device off-contract; other flagships are upwards of $600, or $199 with two-year contract.
This is by no means a review; that’s on the way. But after just a week of use, we’ve come to really enjoy using the OnePlus One, and wanted to share some of our thoughts.