Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The OnePlus One's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 Kitkat (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3100 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 4 days standby time, 1196 minutes (2G), 1196 minutes (3G).



The OnePlus One lives up to the hype, and then some. For the price, or any price, you really can't do much better.

- Brandon Russell , TechnoBuffalo 


A couple of fairly serious problems hold it back from perfection, but the OnePlus One is one of this year's top smartphone bargains.

- rgoodwin , Know Your Mobile 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 42 reviews

What's good

  • HD display with solid viewing angles and accurate colors
  • Excellent battery life
  • High-end interior hardware for fast performance

What's bad

  • Unwieldy to use one-handed
  • Poor image stabilization and slow autofocus

While relatively late to the smartphone scene, Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus made waves with their first phone – OnePlus One. The company stands by its "Never Settle" mantra by offering high end specs at a very low price. Of course, the most noticeable feature is its 5.5-inch IPS display that has full HD resolution of 1080x1920 and pixel density of 400ppi. Critics lauded the display as one of the best in the Android market with excellent viewing angles and very natural colors. Engadget adds, "its whites are whiter…the colors are natural, making them more satisfying to stare at than the saturated GS5..."

On top of all this, OnePlus adds a new Touch on Lens (TOL) technology that allegedly improves touch sensitivity and reduces the chance of shattered screens by 300 percent. While none of the reviews we saw tested the shatter claim, they also didn't note any significant improvement in touch sensitivity.

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In order to compensate for the large screen, the phone measures at 15 x 7.6 x 1 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 inches) and weighs in at 162 grams. While fairly thin, reviewers found the overall size to be a bit unwieldy and somewhat difficult to use one-handed. Ars Technica found that they needed to adjust the phone in hand often, which they called, "a recipe for phone-dropping disaster." Despite its large size, critics still enjoyed using the phone due to its easy to grasp rounded case and textured back.

For the price, the OnePlus One packs a lot of power with its 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 3 GB of RAM. Therefore it's not too surprising that critics describe its performance as smooth, fast and lag-free even when using graphically-complicated 3D games. All that high-end hardware requires a lot of juice to operate, which is why the phone comes with a 3,100 mAh battery. While not user-replaceable, battery draining tests put it at just over 8 hours and real-life expert tests clock the battery at over 24 hours of heavy usage. Besides this it also comes in 16GB or 64GB internal storage which unfortunately cannot be expanded.

The one feature that didn't really impress reviewers was the camera. Gizmodo notes it takes decent pictures in daylight but suffers from mediocre image stabilization and slow autofocus. They go on to say that these issues improve when using the other camera apps like Cyanogenmod and HDR mode. Even when using these apps, critics still find the saturation a bit off and low-light shots fairly noisy.

Overall, critics highly recommend the OnePlus One due to its low cost of entry coupled with its high-end specs. Tech Crunch says, "OnePlus One manages to do the impossible, offering up top-tier specs at mid-tier prices…seemingly without sacrifices…that's nothing short of amazing." Phone Arena adds, "This is a fresh alternative…and one killer device." 


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Tom's Guide

One of the best Android phones available for its price

from Tom's Guide

The OnePlus One is a gorgeous, powerful flagship phone that sells for a budget price. The handset’s rich HD screen, sharp camera and stunning battery life all hold their own against popular phones such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the inclusion of CyanogenMod provides a more...More

The OnePlus One is a gorgeous, powerful flagship phone that sells for a budget price. The handset’s rich HD screen, sharp camera and stunning battery life all hold their own against popular phones such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the inclusion of CyanogenMod provides a more attractive and robust experience than stock Android.

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What Mobile

Nothing really comes close to the OneLPusOne delivering bang for buck

from What Mobile

For the price and specification, nothing really comes close to the OneLPusOne delivering bang for buck. The downside is that the phone is not sold by any retailers or networks. You have to buy it online directly from OnePlus.

So in the event of any faults the phone would have to be return...More

For the price and specification, nothing really comes close to the OneLPusOne delivering bang for buck. The downside is that the phone is not sold by any retailers or networks. You have to buy it online directly from OnePlus.

So in the event of any faults the phone would have to be returned to OnePlus (they have
a UK repairs facility). The fact that it uses a spin-off system from Android should not be a negative factor unless you are wedded to using Android the way Google intended. Should you buy one. In the melodramatic words of Ed Miliband – Hell YES.

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Tech Advisor

Bargain flagship Android is still a great deal even with a price hike

from Tech Advisor

There are only two, possibly three, bad things to say about the OnePlus One, if you are happy to buy online direct from OnePlus. We wish there was expandable storage, and it's bigger than other smartphones with similarly sized displays. And if we are being really harsh, we would hope for a better...More

There are only two, possibly three, bad things to say about the OnePlus One, if you are happy to buy online direct from OnePlus. We wish there was expandable storage, and it's bigger than other smartphones with similarly sized displays. And if we are being really harsh, we would hope for a better camera. But at the price the OnePlus One is an amazing deal. It's a flagship smartphone for a mid-range price. Bargain. Get them while they are hot.

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Notebookcheck

A really great smartphone with a fantastic performance-price

from Notebookcheck

OnePlus delivers a really good smartphone with its One that calls itself Flagship Killer - and that not quite wrongly. Although the processor loses some of its power during permanent load, the smartphone is swift and other, considerably pricier contenders also struggle with these heat issues.

Besides that, OnePlus' One is pleasant to hold, sports great communication modules, and can even be used perfectly for telephony. The minor drawbacks are found in details, such as the lack of a storage expansion that we primarily miss in the 16 GB model. The camera shoots decent pictures in daylight, but the low-light qualities are unsatisfactory. The high surface temperatures also thwart a better rating...

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OnePlus delivers a really good smartphone with its One that calls itself Flagship Killer - and that not quite wrongly. Although the processor loses some of its power during permanent load, the smartphone is swift and other, considerably pricier contenders also struggle with these heat issues.

Besides that, OnePlus' One is pleasant to hold, sports great communication modules, and can even be used perfectly for telephony. The minor drawbacks are found in details, such as the lack of a storage expansion that we primarily miss in the 16 GB model. The camera shoots decent pictures in daylight, but the low-light qualities are unsatisfactory. The high surface temperatures also thwart a better rating.

We give a plus point for the outstanding performance-price ratio, which still remains unmatched. There is currently no smartphone with a better configuration for less than 300 Euros, when the user is a fan of CyanogenMod. 

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Digital Versus

Believe the hype

from Digital Versus

It's hard not to like the OnePlus One. It's pretty close to perfect, and once you add price to the equation, it's a tough one to resist. The only problem is its by-invitation-only purchase scheme, which means you'll have to be patient—or lucky—to get one. That's a tough obstacle to ov...More

It's hard not to like the OnePlus One. It's pretty close to perfect, and once you add price to the equation, it's a tough one to resist. The only problem is its by-invitation-only purchase scheme, which means you'll have to be patient—or lucky—to get one. That's a tough obstacle to overcome when there are ever-more reasonably priced competitors like the LG G3 popping up in your local store...

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NDTV

The new mid-range smartphone king

from NDTV

Calling this phone a "flagship killer" is an overstatement, but only a very, very tiny bit. It certainly has the goods in terms of specifications and raw power, and if that's your main concern then you can save a lot of money by forgetting about Samsung, HTC and Sony altogether. At Rs. 21,999 for the 64GB model, the vast majority of buyers will be perfectly happy to overlook all negatives...

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Calling this phone a "flagship killer" is an overstatement, but only a very, very tiny bit. It certainly has the goods in terms of specifications and raw power, and if that's your main concern then you can save a lot of money by forgetting about Samsung, HTC and Sony altogether. At Rs. 21,999 for the 64GB model, the vast majority of buyers will be perfectly happy to overlook all negatives.

However, those other brands still have a lot to offer in terms of overall polish, camera quality and perhaps most important of all, availability. If they react by dropping prices, the customer still stands to gain. 

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tech2

Flagship killer or not, you cannot go wrong with it

from tech2

If you are looking for a top of the line phablet, but do not have the budget for the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One is a great alternative. If you want a pure Android experience and like playing around with your phone settings and experimenting with...More

If you are looking for a top of the line phablet, but do not have the budget for the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One is a great alternative. If you want a pure Android experience and like playing around with your phone settings and experimenting with your handset, this is an ideal device. At its price range, the OnePlus One has barely any competition. If the huge screen size is not to your liking, the closest option is the Google Nexus 5 but you get only 16GB of storage with it. Now with the Mi 3 almost having stopped its sale and Mi 4 still to launch in India – OnePlus One makes for a good buy at its price.

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tech2

Flagship killer or not, at its price, you cannot go wrong with this

from tech2

If you are looking for a top of the line phablet, but do not have the budget for the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One is a great alternative. If you want a pure Android experience and like playing around with your phone settings and experimenting with...More

If you are looking for a top of the line phablet, but do not have the budget for the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One is a great alternative. If you want a pure Android experience and like playing around with your phone settings and experimenting with your handset, this is an ideal device. At its price range, the OnePlus One has barely any competition. If the huge screen size is not to your liking, the closest option is the Google Nexus 5 but you get only 16GB of storage with it. Now with the Mi 3 almost having stopped its sale and Mi 4 still to launch in India – OnePlus One makes for a good buy at its price.

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Digit

One doesn't simply ignore this

from Digit

The OnePlus One is a cracker of a smartphone, but the rave reviews may have hyped it too much. The company does make some compromises in order to keep the price low and you may just feel you got less than you expected. It's still one of the best value for money smartphones you can buy today. Cyan...More

The OnePlus One is a cracker of a smartphone, but the rave reviews may have hyped it too much. The company does make some compromises in order to keep the price low and you may just feel you got less than you expected. It's still one of the best value for money smartphones you can buy today. CyanogenMod and the Sandstone design give it a very new overall feel and the device is a power user's dream since it comes pre-rooted. If you like phablets, then this is the best that you can ask for. All you need to do is get an invite.

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Android Guys

The Flagship Killer

from Android Guys

OnePlus is a company that got me excited for something new in the smartphone market, and just about all the hype and build-up for it was well worth it. Dreamable hardware, awesome software, and a killer price has been brought to us in a very sleek and unique phone. There is something for everybody in this phone, and it can be customized to your exact liking without needing to root it. If you are lucky enough to grab an invite, I recommend you take advantage of that and buy this monster of a phone. If you are a fan of big phones with more power and space than you can even use, the OnePlus One is for you. If 5.5 inches is too big for you and don’t want to been seen carrying around a phablet, then this phone is not for you. But if there’s any thought in your mind that this phone has already lost it’s cool, think again. Cyanogen will support this phone for a long, long time. If they’ve only stopped supporting the Galaxy Nexus after 3 years of life, they’re definitely going to support an official Cyanogenmod phone for a long time too. With the hardware OnePlus packed into it, the One is going to be relevant for a long time.

If you have a OnePlus, let us know what you think about it in the comments, or share it with friends who are skeptical about buying a flagship smartphone from a brand new company. Take my word for it though, it is quite a wonderful phone. ...

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OnePlus is a company that got me excited for something new in the smartphone market, and just about all the hype and build-up for it was well worth it. Dreamable hardware, awesome software, and a killer price has been brought to us in a very sleek and unique phone. There is something for everybody in this phone, and it can be customized to your exact liking without needing to root it. If you are lucky enough to grab an invite, I recommend you take advantage of that and buy this monster of a phone. If you are a fan of big phones with more power and space than you can even use, the OnePlus One is for you. If 5.5 inches is too big for you and don’t want to been seen carrying around a phablet, then this phone is not for you. But if there’s any thought in your mind that this phone has already lost it’s cool, think again. Cyanogen will support this phone for a long, long time. If they’ve only stopped supporting the Galaxy Nexus after 3 years of life, they’re definitely going to support an official Cyanogenmod phone for a long time too. With the hardware OnePlus packed into it, the One is going to be relevant for a long time.

If you have a OnePlus, let us know what you think about it in the comments, or share it with friends who are skeptical about buying a flagship smartphone from a brand new company. Take my word for it though, it is quite a wonderful phone. 

 

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WARRENTY DOES NOT EXIST

Do not expect the phone to last more than 1 year. I bought 2 phones both are faulty and need fixing after 1 year, in the first all microphones stopped working - the standard one and the one that is used when on speaker. The other had the dead phone effect - blacked out completely. Thsi is not a flagship killer its a dead flagship!
Do not expect the phone to last more than 1 year. I bought 2 phones both are faulty and need fixing after 1 year, in the first all microphones stopped working - the standard one and the one that is used when on speaker. The other had the dead phone effect - blacked out completely. Thsi is not a flagship killer its a dead flagship! Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 25, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700/2100/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 Kitkat (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.62 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 683 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 586 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1196 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1196 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Sandstone Black, Silk White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 162 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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