A while back, a couple of Oppo execs decided to leave the Chinese company and start a new smartphone maker, paired up with CyanogenMod for the software, and so OnePlus was born. The company’s first offering will be called OnePlus One, and it will be the only device it launches this year. It should be out before the end of June, which means its announcement is probably just a few weeks away.
Understandably since we’re talking about a one-phone-per-year release cycle, OnePlus wants the One to be high-end. Although the company is based in China, the One will get an international release, being offered in at least 10 countries at launch. That pales in comparison to Samsung’s 150-country rollout of the Galaxy S5, or even HTC’s 110-country rollout for the All New One, but this is a startup we’re talking about.
OnePlus has been running a teaser campaign for the past few weeks, slowly revealing details about the One. The handset will sport a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, for example. Not an 801, mind you, because of heat considerations (and we assume cost as well). The OnePlus One will also have a non-removable 3,100 mAh battery, and a design that its makers seem to be very proud of (that said, not one picture of it has leaked so far, so we have no idea if those claims are true).
Today, OnePlus exec Pete Lau took to the company’s official forum to post information about the One’s screen. It will be a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD panel made by JDI, coming with some nifty tech that should make it one of the better displays out there. OnePlus chose a 5.5″ screen despite the mainstream high-end smartphones settling for around 5 inches because, well… it was able to make the One actually smaller than the 5″ Sony Xperia Z1.
In the picture above, there’s a OnePlus One underneath the Xperia Z1. No, really. The reason why you can’t see it is that it’s at least narrower than Sony’s device. Since the image doesn’t show the entire length of the Z1, we’re assuming the OnePlus One is actually longer than it. Still, for a device with a 5.5-inch screen to be narrower than one with a 5-inch panel is quite the achievement. Therefore, expect the OnePlus One to have one of the best screen to front space ratios on the market.
The OnePlus One will be affordable, too, with prices starting at “under $400″, which we assume means $399. This will be for the version with 16 GB of internal storage, while there will also be a 64 GB variant (though nothing in between those two, strangely).
This is definitely going to be one of the more interesting smartphone launches of the year, and we’ll bring you more info about it as we get it.