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OnePlus One Phone Will Indeed Ship for Under $400 in US

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It’s now official – the OnePlus One will arrive in the U.S. at a price under $400. The smartphone start-up announced the news this morning on Google+ and through an email to our inbox. Since we are only a week away from the April 23 launch, the only thing we need to know now is what the phone looks like and how customized the version of CyanogenMod is that it runs. It may be similar to this.

To recap, the OnePlus One is a phone created by a former Oppo executive who wanted to create the ultimate Android phone at an affordable price. It runs a custom version of CyanogenMod, is being hyped on a weekly basis with a slow rollout of spec announcements, and will launch in 16 countries shortly after it is announced on April 23. The phone is by all means filled with premium specs, so depending on its size, design, and overall package, could be one hell of an option. 

Here is a look at the list of confirmed specs and announcements thus far:

  • Ships with CyanogenMod OS (most popular aftermarket Android system) – Sub $400/ Sub EUR 350
  • 5.5″ 1080p display
  • 3100+ mAh battery
  • 13mp Sony Exmor camera
  • Snapdragon 801 MSM 8974 AC processor, 3GB RAM
  • Voice wakeup capabilities
  • Global LTE
  • 16/64GB versions
  • Localized sales and after sales experience in 16 countries:Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Anyone seriously considering this phone? Or is all this not enough until we see the phone in person?

  • David Narada Brown

    Havent heard anything of wireless charging.

  • rS1

    If it looks as good as all the hype from the One Plus team suggests, then yes, this will be my next phone. It’s between this phone, the Oppo Find 7a, and the LG G3. IMHO, design will be just as important as hardware.

  • Hobie Helbich

    If i didn’t just get a Moto X then I would definitely be considering upgrading to this phone… Still have to wait to see what it looks like though. Coming from a former Oppo Exec, I hope their design is similar: simple yet stylish. (For the most part)

  • Justin Tierney

    Got to see it in person… Ugly phone is not a phone to carry around. If its sleeker and better looking than the Nexus 5, then ill take it. Otherwise, why get another Stock-like phone?

  • chris125

    Well seeing as how most likely won’t be coming to Verizon I’ll say no.

  • Colts5609

    Hmmmm One+ or wait for the Nexus 6. Anyone know anything about wireless charging wit the One+. Sounds stupid, but it may be a deal breaker for me. Wireless charging is awesome, Plus I have spent a decent amount of money on wireless chargers. A tap to wake feature (like the G2) would be another awesome feature, I am almost positive the Nexus 6 will have both of these features.

    • jbdan

      The One+ (from reading I’ve done just today on their website) will have voice to wake/activate/etc commands when it is off and locked similar to the MotoX. A qualcomm built-in feature and tweaked with cyanogen 11s. They have not said anything regarding wireless charging, I’d really like it also. Makes me think if they haven’t stated anything about it (that I can find) that it more than likely won’t have it? idk we’ll see in 7 days

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  • Tony G.

    If spark ready… Definitely buying

  • Brad Miller

    Possible sneak peak at the guts of the OnePlus One?

    http://www.gizchina.com/2014/04/16/first-leaked-image-oneplus-one-phone/

  • Stefan

    They are having a commenting contest for achance to win the oneplus one! go to their forum page and sign up!

  • Droid Ronin

    This is looking pretty good, esp considering that price. I’ll have to see how this compares to the upcoming G3.

  • LSH99

    I know that I am buying this phone, sight unseen, solely because of what it represents: A company’s willingness to define its reputation by putting its ear to the ground to discover and deliver what Android fans want– highly competitive specs with frequent updates, a relatively large battery, minimal carrier “interference,” and a very low price. Not saying it’s going to satisfy everybody–nothing will–but I love the spirit here. Sign me up.

    • ki11ak3nn

      Everything you said +1!!!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I believe you meant….1+1

        • ki11ak3nn

          I see what you did there!

  • BillySuede

    the only issue i could see with this phone since it won’t be available in retail and marketing will be restricted mostly to word of mouth and advertising on tech sites will be reviews from those tech sites like here, bgr, engadgert, etc…

    a techie may be foaming at the mouth over this and ignore the reviews but a casual phone user looking for a new phone who decides to visit a few tech blogs may be swayed by a negative review.

    it’s one thing to preach to the converted but to be the game-changer they want to be, they need to eat into samsung’s, lg’s and apple’s sales.

    • jbdan

      Agreed for the most part, although I believe that “showing/proving” beats “telling/boasting”. Produce a game changer, they will come. Albeit slowly maybe.

      • trixnkix637

        See: Moto X

        • jbdan

          Voila!

      • BillySuede

        absolutely. just a matter of seeing if one plus is hoping for the quick strike or is willing to play the long game. we’ll know over the next year, i suppose.

  • jbdan

    I was just thinking….3100+mAh battery + the 801? I’m so pleased with the N5 battery life it’s the best I’ve ever experienced on any mobile device. I can’t imagine what the One+ might be capable of with this combo :o

  • BillySuede

    pretty insane specs for such a great price. congrats to you gsm peeps. you may have a winner on your hands.

  • Ballerado

    Intriguing. Last year was the first year I DID NOT buy a new phone since the OG Droid. I’m due for a new one.

    One+, G3, Nexus 6, or Note 4. Leaning towards the Nexus 6, but the One+ sounds very tempting.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      7 months til the Nexus 6. That’s a long wait.

    • jbdan

      Easy….One+ next week, then N6 when it lands =) (of course if the funds allow)

      • Ballerado

        I like this plan.

        My wife does not.

        • jbdan

          I can relate well

        • trixnkix637

          Tell her if she really loves you….

  • geedee82

    I am definitely interested in it, depending on the final design of course. If everything checks out though, the only decision I need to make is which phone to sell, Moto X or N5?

  • Kyle

    I’m surprised, only a week away to launch and no spy shots yet!

  • Craig

    Would love for it to have expandable storage. Qi charging would be a plus. Definitely considering this phone. Upgrading from a Note 2, which I recently loaded Cyanogenmod onto. Such a huge difference being bloatware-free!

  • Tim

    I havent bought the new HTC One because am waiting to see what this damn thing looks like. But the fact they havent shown it yet at least to me says its going to be mediocre. All this hype then people are going to be, damn, phone sucks. Unless theres like a display on the back of the phone, cool. Who knows

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      The design will not be mediocre haha. The leaked sketches look amazing. The fact that they haven’t shown anything is because they want something to reveal next week. They’ve revealed nearly everything about this phone, save for the look.

      • Tim

        The m8 has a damn dual camera on the back. If this phone doesnt look amazing, or battery outlast m8, it would be a tough decision, as honestly performance wise you prob wont notice a difference no apps fully utilize the full specs.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          Are you saying you actually like the dual camera? Gimmick + terrible camera = instant fail

          • Tim

            How is it an instant fail? It can do things no camera (in a phone) has ever been able to do. I dont remember the product name but there is an actual stand alone camera that does this, that sells like hot cakes, so seems like a win to me. And everywhere i read it was a good camera. Wait, lemme guess “only 4 megapixels!!” lolz

          • htowngtr

            Camera is actually pretty good. If you want enormous pictures to do detail work on then don’t use it. Most people use their phone camera for social media and selfies.

  • jonzey231

    If it has Qi charging then I’m in. I now have three Tylt Wireless Chargers: Work, Bedside table and another that I disassembled and installed beneath the change tray in my car lol. So I’m devoted to wireless charging and I love it.

    • http://mamorgan1.tumblr.com/ Matt Morgan

      Couldn’t agree more…no Qi…no deal

  • Brandon

    damn, i’d hope so. $400 is a lot to pay for shipping on a phone.

  • j

    I’d consider it against the Nexus 5, as the specs on paper are a tad better.. but with no track record at all, I’d certainly wait and see.

  • Mike

    Wow I might have to actually consider this phone! I was waiting on the lg g3, but I really like the specs of this phone especially the 64GB.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    just wanna know what it looks like.

  • htowngtr

    It was obviously coming to the states as we are an enormous market for them.

    • Sean Bello

      you gotta figure we’re THE market. everything else being icing.

      • htowngtr

        Yes and no. Phones like these don’t sell like you’d think because a lot of people go to AT&T or T-Mobile store, not buy online from an unknown company. I would guess this will be bigger in GSM markets like Europe and Asia.

        • Sean Bello

          They do and they don’t. The Moto X sold very well for having very little marketing power behind it. Low cost devices with decent specs are doing a lot more sales now that people are finally souring on the 2 year contract business model. This brings the low cost aspect and crushes almost every other device in the spec department, the only thing it lacks is retail support.

          • htowngtr

            Moto X had retail support as you mentioned. This phone will likely have none.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Plus, the Cyanogen home base is here as well.

  • http://theunthoughtful.quora.com Rishabh

    Why is India not on the list? The phone seems really nice but the appearance and functioning of the phone will matter too which will be clear after a couple of initial reviews.

    • htowngtr

      India has a long history of making imports difficult to do. I know a lot of companies hate dealing with that and not to mention India doesn’t exactly get first run of anything.

  • evilfatcow

    after seeing the G3 leaks with hardly any bezel, this phone would have to literally be all screen to wow me. obviously it will still wow me if it’s close to the LG G3 leaks.

  • Sean Bello

    with those specs and that price, the phone would have to be pretty ugly for me to not buy it immediately. 5.5 might be too big, but if it’s edge to edge it may be manageable.

  • moment’s comfort

    They promised 350 euros here in Finland – that’s about half of the SGS 5’s launch price. I’ll believe it when I see it, but I’d guess it’ll launch here with “finnish extra” – around 500 euros.

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Almost makes me wish I didn’t have unlimited data on Verizon, because I would buy this in a heartbeat and go prepaid. Happy for everyone else though.

    • JSo

      Switch to T-Mobile and get unlimited data there.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        This.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        T-Mobile is abysmal in my area.

        • ki11ak3nn

          Have you tried it? People said that in Seattle but the coverage is actually better.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            No, but looking at a coverage map is enough for me. If I lived in Dallas or Houston I would, but here in Tyler, it’s just not gonna cut it. I knew people who moved here from a metro area and their service was terrible. Never got calls (they almost all went to voicemail) and at my office it was especially bad.

          • ki11ak3nn

            That makes sense then. Sorry about that man. I guess Verizon isn’t all that bad. Covers all the rural places.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            Yeah, Verizon is pretty good in my area. I get coverage just about everywhere.

        • JSo

          When is the last time you have checked on that? T-Mobile has been expanding quite a bit.

    • ki11ak3nn

      You know T-Mobile has unlimited too. For a cheaper price. And faster LTE speeds.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        T-Mobile is just as bad as Sprint in my area. I mean REALLY bad. We don’t even have a single T-Mobile store within a 2 hour drive here (East Texas). Plus I get anywhere from 10 to 50 mbps down on Verizon LTE.

      • fillyo75

        Are you sure? Coverage and consistency matter. S5 on Verizon

        • ki11ak3nn

          Yup. I’ve done tests. Tried out T-Mobile pre-paid for a few months then made the switch. But I guess with everything it depends on where you live. Seattle is T-Mobile’s backyard.

          • fillyo75

            Tmobile is fine in many major cities, but leave metropolitan areas and you will see the difference. I have traveled all over the county, it’s hard to lose 4G on Verizon. Sure, you won’t get those speeds above in many places, but you almost always have LTE speed

          • PoisonApple31

            Plus you don’t have to deal with 50MB domestic data roaming caps. lol

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        I can confirm the faster LTE speeds. My N5 on T-mobile smokes my wife’s GS3 on Verizon in the DC area.

    • moelsen8

      just rip the bandaid off and get it over with if you’re even thinking of it. it’s pretty nice on the outside. ditched my unlimited a year and a half ago now to go gsm prepaid. it’s awesome.

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        I would probably try and sell my unlimited account to someone, but the downside is I would lose my phone number that I’ve had for 8 years.

        • JSo

          I believe there is a way to keep your number if you sell your plan.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          I took my number with me when I left Verizon.

        • moelsen8

          i heard the same, that you have to lose it. didn’t really look past that. just took it and left. if t-mo’s coverage isn’t great by you, try an at&t mvno. in my experience they’re pretty on par with verizon’s coverage.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            My wife is on Straight Talk with a Nexus 5 but they throttle after 2.5 GB. I use anywhere from 7-10 GB a month so it’s just something I’m not ready to do… yet.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            7-10 GB? Holy balls.

          • JSo

            My month his almost up and I’m at about 7.5 GB right now. Its mostly streaming Google Play Music and downloading ROMs.

        • djdsf

          Just switch to AIO and go for their biggest plan if you require the data speeds. $55 a month for Unlimited data with 6GBs of high speed is not bad at all. worse case you can add more high speed access but they never really cut your data, they just slow it down a bit.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            Will have to consider that. Funny how everyone is trying to help me get off Verizon’s LTE unlimited tit. I appreciate it though! I’ve looked into AIO but at the time came to the decision that it’s probably not that big of an advantage. Maybe their prices have changed since I first looked.

          • JSo

            Everyone hates Verizon here. lol

          • djdsf

            I changed from Verizon a while ago. AIO is the best prepaid ever, I’ve been with Metro, with T-Mo, Straight Talk, Net10 (essentially the same as STalk) and the service with AIO is amazing. They changed their plans around, so their 7GB a month plan is gone unless you are still on it before the change was made to the plans (like I am), and if you put on Auto-Pay they take off $5 a month. So I’m paying $65 for 7Gbs of data and use around 7.3 a month. Even when I’ve been throttled down after hitting 7Gbs, it was still better speeds than the service I used to get from T-Mo.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            What is your throttled speed? And there are no overages, just throttled? I saw they have a $10/1GB add on.

          • djdsf

            No overages and no cut off, just throttled down the speed. That was the reason I switched from Net10 because they used to cut me off at 2.5Gbs. the $65 I pay a month includes everything (even the taxes) and if you were to need more high speed data access they you can just add 1 more Gb for an extra $10. The extra high speed data does not roll over to your next month though, so keep that one in mind. I usually “suffer” through the throttled speed for 1 or 2 days rather than buying an extra GB and even on throttled speeds, I can still stream on the “Extreme Quality” setting on Spotify and watch Netflix, granted Netflix takes a bit longer to load than w/o the throttled speeds, but everything is still watchable and doable. I haven’t done a speed test on my throttled speeds, but I will if I hit my 7Gbs this month. My cycle ends on the 25th.

          • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

            Thanks for the reply. Currently I pay under $90 for unlimited data and text and evening/weekend minutes (450 minutes during the day but I almost never talk on the phone). If I had a microSD slot (I have a G2) then I could cut down a lot of my data usage since I stream music all of the time. I like having the ability to add a hotspot that is unlimited for $30/month as well. This would cut down my on my phone bill though if I went to Aio. The only problem is in my area AT&T only has one LTE tower for a town of about 100,000! Pretty ridiculous!

          • djdsf

            I actually only get HSPA+ with my phone on AIO (not a single LTE tower in sight unless I drive 1 hour out) and I get good speeds for netflix and spotify. I have unlimited Talk, Txt and data with my $65. I actually got a friend switched out from Sprint’s unlimited data where he was paying $86 a month and only getting 3G to AIO, he pays $60 a month and bought a Moto X and is loving the speed change, the unlimited everything because he is on the phone non stop and he added the $15 passport plan that gives him unlimited calls internationally.

          • Orion

            I thought is was $60 for 5GBs.

  • JSo

    Nobody knows what this phone looks like and just know SOME specs about it, yet everyone is going crazy for it. Is this marketing genius or what?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Exactly. I think this entire process has been a marketing experiment for One+.

    • michael arazan

      It’s a phone designed for simple romming, it’s designed for everyone to use and to remove the complications and time of rooting unlocking and installing roms from what I thought I read. I wonder if you can install stock android on it though. Hopefully it will be as easy as others have said in the past.

      Too bad it won’t be on verizon though

      • JSo

        Nothing is ever on Verizon. That’s why I switched to T-Mobile to get a Nexus 5.

        • Caz A

          Exactly. I’ve been reading this site since 2010 and people are still complaining about things not being available on Verizon… They’ve had plenty of time to make a decision to switch.

          • Andy

            The problem is there are still people who live in rural areas who have to choose between having the phone they want, (nexus 5…) or being able to actually use the phone they own on more than just wifi. Network coverage is the only reason I’m still a big red customer.

          • Caz A

            Yeah, I get that, and sucks…

          • ki11ak3nn

            I wonder if anyone knows this but T-Mobile has wifi calling. And I know pretty much everywhere I go has wifi. And it’s really good. Even on a mediocre signal you get good voice calls. And texting.

          • zurginator

            Dunno… My job involves traveling to the 4 corners of nowhere, and I’ve never had signal issues with AT&T…. Actually less issues than my trainer who was on Verizon.

          • JSo

            I was at least lucky enough to get the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. There was really nothing else that I wanted that they had.

        • jonzey231

          Lack of options and pricing are why I switched in September. If they had a lack of options and better pricing, then I’d still be with them. Or if they had more options with their current pricing I would stick with them, but when T-Mo covers everywhere I need to be, there’s no reason to pay more AND have no non-mainstream options.

  • glenesis

    Of course I need to see it hold it and try it first, but the specs are sure making me drool! And does it ship rooted? Does it have a microsdxc slot? Thanks for the heads up about this thing.

    • OMJ

      Definitely wont ship rooted, Wouldnt pass CTS that way

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      I think this will be like a Nexus. Bootloader will be locked (for obvious reasons) but you’ll be able to easily unlock it. It will not be rooted. There’s no confirmation on an SD card, but it’s not looking very promising.

      • moelsen8

        hear anything on wireless charging?

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          Nothing yet. That’s one thing I really hope they include since I’ve bought three Qi pads during my time with the Nexus 5. Sounds like they might be including the quick charge from the OPPO Find 7. It’s supposed to charge from 0-75% in under 30 minutes. If this is true, I may forgive the absence of Qi charging.

          • moelsen8

            I’m not sure it alone would deter me either, but I’m also very invested in qi charging at this point. it’s the thing that tipped me over the edge to leave the moto x and go permanently back to the N5 after flipping back and forth between them for a while. and i loved that damn phone. wireless charging really is convenient.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Qi charging is so nice. I was just about to invest in a couple more pads, plus one for my car, until I got swept up in the One+One hype beast.

            This phone is almost an instant buy for me at this point, so Qi or not, it’s mine. Luckily, I added a Qi coil to my wife’s GS3, so the pads won’t go unused.

          • htowngtr

            I’d be very disappointed if Qi was not included because I have my current N5 sitting on a TYLT on my desk where I can just pick it up and put it down without having to fumble with a usb cable.

        • jbdan

          I hope they include it as well. It’s become so convenient for me with the N5 and the 2 nokia pads I bought for $24 a pop. Although this would not be a deal breaker (for me)

  • ki11ak3nn

    I’m considering it. Ready to sell my G2 so I won’t have to stomach all of the $400. It looks to be a great phone. It’s between this, the Z2, or G3. Those are the only phones on my radar.

  • jbdan

    This could dethrone my N5. Looking forward!

  • DanielMena9

    If they don’t charge taxes, I’m buying.

  • OMJ

    They are doing a great job hyping this phone but its getting old at this point. They need to release it.

    • JSo

      One more week

      • OMJ

        I know thank god its almost over

  • MistaButters

    Watch, 16GB version for $399, 64GB version for $499

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      I don’t think so. In the OnePlus forums they’re speculating that the 16gb will be $349 and the 64gb will be $399.

      • MistaButters

        If that is true, I will almost surely sell my N5 to buy. I just can’t help but think that sounds too good to be true, and there is no way I will go back to a 16GB phone.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          This entire ride seems too good to be true. They seem to keep surprising us. I guess we’ll see next Wednesday when they reveal this beast.

          • MistaButters

            Yeah, exactly. No point in speculating. Even if the 64GB comes in at $450, I’d seriously consider selling my N5.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Same here. I’ve got a 16gb Nexus 5 and I struggle with storage issues day to day. Google Play music caching kills my storage. 16gb One+One is not an option. 64gb all the way.

          • MistaButters

            When I bought my One X (Day 1) 16GB was the only option. Was pretty much a constant issue

        • sc0rch3d

          with all the hype surrounding, i think they’ll profit by volume. if the S5 being 250ish to build (700ish to buy) is any indication, OnePlus wouldn’t be making much. Therefore, they have to make a compelling case to beat the N5 AND get people out of the normal habit of subsidies.

          • Caz A

            The US is really the only place where people are in that bad habit. The rest of the world buys their phone outright, off contract.

        • ki11ak3nn

          It’s not. This isn’t a big company like Sammy and HTC. They’re just trying to sell the best phone they can at the best price.

      • Orion

        $399 for 64gb? If that’s true then this phone just shot its way to #1 on my list.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          I sure hope it true. Take it with a grain of salt until next Wednesday.

    • jonzey231

      I would probably sell my Xbox 360, N4 AND N7 to get this phone if this phone goes for $399 for 64gb.

      • MistaButters

        What year N7? Seems like a lot of selling :p

        • jonzey231

          2013 lol. It is a lot of selling, but I never use my N7 anymore, since I got my Surface and I only ever play my PS3 lol. I was preparing to sell them all soon enough anyways. Now I just have a reason and know I won’t have seller’s remorse. lol,

          • MistaButters

            Then it sounds like a great reason! :p

    • Mo Bility

      Even at those prices it’s still cheap with all that high spec. How much do u think 64GB will go for from other manufacturers? Loads of money.

  • NickA

    Probably $399.99, but who cares. That’s a great price for a phone with these top specs. I’ll have to see it to believe it.

    • JSo

      I was just going to post $399. lol

  • Daniel

    May be time to leave verizon. GSM always gets the best goodies

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      You’re just realizing that now?

      • MistaButters

        There was a 3 month stretch at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012 when Verizon got the G-Nex, Droid Razr, and Rezound and all the GSM carriers didn’t get crap until summer.

        Since then though GSM phones have dominated.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          When I switched to Verizon right before they yanked unlimited data they kept getting all of the new Android phones. Since then, man you’re right, we have been left out in the cold when it comes to sweet ass phones and GSM operators are getting some nice stuff.

          • MistaButters

            I almost tossed away my AT&T “Unlimited” data and my nice plan discount because AT&T just had garbage Android phones. I am so freaking glad I didn’t lol.

        • starnovsky

          Isn’t Rezond a same thing as GSM Butterfly (released earlier)?
          GSM carriers always dominated because they getting all international versions (with minor modifications), while for CDMA OEMs have to make much more significant adaptations.
          The rare cases when CDMA carriers are getting something unique ahead of GSM are mostly from predominately US EOMs like Motorola.

      • htowngtr

        I have VZW unlimited so it’s hard for me to rationalize it.

        • napes22

          Unlimited is great, but paying $80 per month wears thin after a while.

          • antwonw

            Exactly! And that is what happened to our family! That’s why we made the switch to T-Mobile this week. We couldn’t justify the cost.

          • ki11ak3nn

            Good Stuff. I made the switch in January. And I’m saving $100/month over Verizon on a Family Plan. And that was with a 22% discount on Verizon. I’m getting faster LTE speeds and service everywhere Verizon had service. It was a no brainer.

          • Dan Burkes

            I pay $55 a month plus taxes for my unlimited. Unless that goes way, I wont switch, but I’m stuck with slightly crappier phones.

          • napes22

            How are you paying $55? I have 3 separate charges for 450 minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited data. With my corporate discount it’s down to $82 per month.

          • Dan Burkes

            There was a deal a while ago for $20 off an unlimited data plan. I managed to get that plus i get 25% off from my employer. The $20 off is good through 2054 or something insane.

        • antwonw

          Ok, so I just switched this week from Unlimited Verizon data that I had had since 2010. The problem was that I was forced to pay full price for a new phone to upgrade my aging Galaxy Nexus or switch to a new contract and plan or save $60/mo by switching to T-Mobile. The cost for a family of three to go to T-Mobile (with tax) was/is $115/mo. On Verizon with unlimited we were paying $172/mo (with tax & a 22% corporate discount!). That means that we will be saving $684/year!!! That’s the cost of two Nexus 5s! That’s more than worth it! It was simply a matter of saving money and not spending a priced amount for a wireless bill. Our family thought long and hard about the dicision, talked with friends who were on T-Mobile in the area and crunched all the numbers. It was the best decision financially for us! I would urge you to consider the same thing. Weigh your options. However, if you have a ton of money to throw around, then you might want to stick with Verizon. We, however, do not.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    This phone is going to be amazing. M8 build quality with Nexus like experience. Day one purchase for me. Goodbye Nexus 5.

    • jbdan

      Do we know “M8 build quality”? I haven’t seen that yet although all of what I have seen is through the vine anyways…

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        I heard in the forums that it would be premium. M8 like, with possible aluminum. A better comparison would be OPPO build quality. If you’re familiar with their phones, you know their top notch build quality.

        Of course, all of this is to be taken with a grain of salt until we see it next week.

        • jbdan

          Gotcha. Either way, they have definitely appealed to me big time with this device. I wonder though, how many other “me’s” exist (not counting you :P)

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Go check out the forums. There’s a lot of “me’s” there, haha.

  • James

    could be a gamechanger…could be. love to see how that custom cyanogenmod runs and gets updates.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      If they can deliver on what they’ve leaked so far, this will definitely be a game changer. Finally a phone designed for “us.”

  • Boblank84

    this thing sounds awesome. have there been any leaked photos?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Nothing yet. They’re being extremely tight lipped. There are some concept drawings but nothing concrete.

      • Boblank84

        i didnt think so, thanks for confirming

      • Orion

        I hope so. Most of oppo’s phones look bland to me.

  • Maxim∑

    So whats the catch… what shortcuts were taken to keep it under 400$?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      None. They’re doing all of their marketing by word of mouth. Normally the upcharge of a phone helps to cover marketing costs.

      • Maxim∑

        Well thats good news, looking forward to it still

        • htowngtr

          Plus they likely aren’t making a ton of cash on the phone itself up front. Much like Nexus 5’s “marketing” from Google, it was all leaks and word of mouth along with a big backend of cash (in this case Cyanogen’s corp).

        • bd1212

          They said they don’t plan on making a profit for the first 2 years, they’re just trying to spread their name as much as possible so profits aren’t a concern right now.

    • Smartfoam

      smartphones are NOT that expensive to BUILD, in reality. Galaxy S5’s bill of materials is $250(!). iphone 5s is $199(!!!).
      Both of them can be priced $400.

      Carriers pay the difference between that miraculous carrier’s $199/$299 and what SAMSUNG/Apple asks for their devices, therefore NO need for them to lower their own profits.
      BUT Competition, market saturation (everything tries to be “premium” these days) and mass production HELP TO LOWER SMARTPHONE PRICES.

      The END PRICE is a matter of HOW MUCH profit a company want to and can make.

      • Maxim∑

        Your right, Oppo isn’t that big right now so they probably don’t need huge margins. Only company that’s large and has really been able to sell devices at low cost/at build cost is Amazon

        But lets say Oppos costs ~210$ to build the margins won’t be as high but they will still make money and we will be happier because its cheaper

    • napes22

      The phone only supports one app: Flappy Bird.

      • ki11ak3nn

        I don’t play games on my phone, but when I do I play flappy bird. It numbs my brain for a few minutes. I love it.

    • Mo Bility

      None, hence the reason why they will be doing their selling wholly and solely online cutting out the middle and selling directly to the consumer. That reduces costs which they in turn pass on to us the consumer.

  • Tony Byatt
    • mjmedstarved

      Oh, Herman.

  • Dlongb13

    Sounds great but not getting to excited until we see the thing next week. Wish it was 5″ instead of 5.5 though, that’s a big ass phone.

    • sc0rch3d

      sub $400….i think i can manage. as much as i love my MOTO X….just the spec sheet is enough that i would pay to pre-order without seeing it

    • moelsen8

      my wishlist would be: smaller phone (or no bezel on that 5.5″), sd card, wireless charging. if we’re really wishing, then moto’s active display and trusted bluetooth too haha.

      • Garrett

        May have to wait for Ara for those things to come together

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      The bezel is supposed to be tiny. Screen-to-body ratio is supposed to be even better than the Nexus 5.

      • DanielMena9

        5.5″ still inch un-usable with one hand :( I really wish it were these specs with 4.7″ screen no bezels.

        • James

          Let’s be honest – 4.7″isn’t fully usable one handed either. I’m 6’6″ with big hands and have a Moto X. I find the phone comfortable to use, but my thumb doesn’t easily reach the top left corner.

          • MistaButters

            A 4.7″ phone is easily usable with one hand and I’m 5’7″. You sort of curl the phone up to your hand when using it and you can very easily reach the top corner. With 5.5″, even with curling the phone I can’t reach the top corner.

          • DanielMena9

            I had the Moto X & I think the problem with the Moto X is that the bezels are HUUUUUGE when you look at it next to a LG G2. a 4.7″ with no bezels would be reachable with my 5’8″ hands.

          • cucabueno

            What? The Moto X bezels are a beauty… Super small. LG G2 is slightly smaller. But in no way do the bezels of the Moto X look big just because the G2 is smaller.

          • DanielMena9

            Have you seen it in white? The contrast between the black and the white shows the true size. Even the display isn’t edge to edge on once the bezel ends. There is a space between the bezel and screen (very minor). Sorry, I just notice the smallest issues.

          • zurginator

            Moto X bezels are the same size as every other phone in the last 2 years – right at 3mm. It’s just the bezels are plastic instead of glass (good for drop protection).

          • Pootis Man

            You just have small hands compared to mine then because I find the Moto X to be very small in my hands. I also have a Nexus 5 which has a much bigger screen then the Moto X and I can still easily use the phone with one hand.

          • James

            I’m talking about usability that doesn’t involve shifting hand position, or “curling” the phone up, or adjusting fingers. Even the longest thumb can only reach so far. As I said, I find the Moto X comfortable to use. But I can guarantee you’re not hitting that top left corner without some extra movement.

          • Pootis Man

            No dude, seriously. The Moto X is so small in my hands that I don’t have to adjust my fingers or anything, but on the Nexus 5 I do that I bit.

        • MrCrusha

          What the hell is everyone doing with their other hand!!! ;)

          • Dlongb13

            Driving you idiot!

          • SamLehman617

            ;)

        • roberthenderson

          There are usually all kinds of gestures available. For instance, in my Note 3,some of the things I have set up are:
          -double tap for voice search
          -swipe up to toggle the status bar
          -swipe down to expand notifications

          I feel like a lot of this complaining is just people who aren’t taking advantage of the full capabilities of Android.

          • DanielMena9

            Those gestures in addition to LG G2’s tap to turn on / turn off are exactly what I’d be looking for if I have a big phone. Is there an app, you know that has all these features?

          • DanielMena9

            actually on second thought, that still isn’t good enough. For example, let’s say you are trying to do the following with one hand:

            – click the upper most right icon (no go)
            – tap the address bar on chrome (no go)
            – any app like FaceBook, Instagram, Newstand search, etc. all have action keys on the top right

            anything above a 4.7″ is too large

          • zurginator

            My question is how do you hold your phone? This usually is what divides the screen size crowd.

            I mean I have *tiny* hands (2.5″ thumbs), and I can almost use a 5″ screen without issues.

          • roberthenderson

            Yep, guess you have to decide what’s most important to you. With my N3 I can comfortably watch YouTube and Netflix and when I compared the viewing experience to the m8 in the store the viewing area seemed almost laughably small to me. I will say though that it you’re doing a lot of typing it seems that the second hand will come into play anyways. Good luck with your decision.

        • zurginator

          Gotta put those specs somewhere.

      • Dlongb13

        It’s not the just the phone size, it’s being able to reach the whole screen with my thumb when in one hand.

    • The Narrator

      You guys are a bunch of sissys with small hands

  • Rob Barone

    This sounds delicious, and being on big red, a welcome escape from the bloat they always seem to offer. Hopefully it will be compatible, if so, I may just buy one just to spite Verizon. But knowing them they will find a way to block and/or limit compatibility.

    • jonzey231

      It doesn’t support CDMA at all, so you’d be out of luck for calls and texts. Depending on the LTE bands, you might get Verizon LTE if you can get the right APNs on it but that’s it. Data only.

  • moelsen8

    under $400? now you’ve got my attention.

  • creed

    If only it would come to Verizon.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Amen.

    • acejavelin

      Keep dreaming… A non-subsidized phone that didn’t go through its “testing”, lockdown, and bloatware process? Never gonna happen, this is one of the reasons I left Verizon, and their ridiculously high rates.

    • htowngtr

      That won’t be feasible until vzw is on VoLTE.

  • Jaxon Wright

    I’m guessing GSM only, right?

    • http://idle0095.com/ IDLE0095

      Thats what Im guessing.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Yes, unlocked only.

    • ki11ak3nn

      Which is good for me. Unlike when I was on Verizon I’ll be able to use my phone when I go to Canada.