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We are live in San Francisco at a OnePlus One event, hosted by the Cyanogen Inc. crew, and have been given the opportunity to get hands-on time with the newly-announced device.

It was only late last week when the device finally became official, and already, the phone is sending shockwaves through the Android community with its beastly specs and that outrageous $299 price for the 16GB model. 

OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. both state that their primary goal is user customization for the One. If there is something not visually appealing to you about the device’s software, they have enabled a way for you to change it with a broad Theme engine. One major example of this is the ability to switch between on-screen and capacitive buttons, a feature which no other device has been marketed with. On top of just changing your buttons, users can instantly switch between fonts, colors, icon packs, and a whole lot more.

On a hardware customization front, OnePlus will eventually make available a line of swappable back covers that range in textures from denim to kevlar to wood.

From the brief amount of time I have spent with the device, I am somewhat saddened to say that the phone is just a tad too big for my tastes. It is much larger than the G2, Moto X, and Nexus 5, and is more along the lines of the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 2. However, while the body itself is big, the device is quite light and super thin. It’s hard to say exactly how I feel about it so far, since I’ve played with the device for 20 minutes, but hopefully when we receive a review unit, we will be able to really put the device through its paces.

We will have plenty of hands-on and comparison galleries shortly, along with some initial thoughts, so keep it locked here. And if you have any questions about the One, please shoot them below and I will field them shortly.

OnePlus One Gallery

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Comparison Gallery

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  • danix180

    I was eagerly waiting for this one. Especially all the hype it created for a 5.5 phone in a 5 inch case… But it’s too big for me.. Sorry.

  • Bruce Wayne

    What the duck is wrong with this website and hating big phones.?.?
    Shut the duck up already, big phones are where it’s at. I love my Samsung n5120 8″ phone

  • antwonw

    Ummm…was this OnePlus One event held in a bar/pub?

  • Colts5609

    After seeing the Nexus 5 vs OPO comparison. The OPO just might be a bit too beefy for me. Guess ill be waiting around for the Nexus 6, maybe even the Moto X-2. On second thought, my Nexus 5 really has no issues, maybe ill put my money towards Moto’s sexy new smart watch.

  • JSo

    I wish the would have used a different background to show off that lock screen blur effect a little better.

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

    It’s a huuuuuge bitch, but goddamn if it isn’t sexy as hell. Spitting image of the Nexus 5 from the front. I love the design. Hate the size. I’ll learn to live with it, luckily I have large hands. On screen keys FTW!

  • http://godshand79.tumblr.com/ Dorian Brooks

    Tim,

    Why would you compare a 5.5″ phone to a couple of phones with smaller screens? Of course logic would dictate it would be bigger than a 5.1″ screen (GS5) device & a 5″ (N5) device. What are you going to do next. Place it next to a 4s to point out how large it is? Put it next to a G FLex (6″) or a G Pro 2 (5.9″). Then complain about its size.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      It was to compare size for the folks who currently own one of those devices.

  • gintoddic

    ugh, it’s too damn big. I remember yesterday watching a guy use his Note 3 trying to awkwardly play a game with one hand. You have to move your hand all over the top and bottom in order to reach portions of the screen, this will eventually lead to dropping the phone.

    • PoisonApple31

      Simple solution: play with two hands.

      • gintoddic

        that’s not a solution, that’s a trade off. It’s like saying buy a Honda instead of Ferrari because it has better gas mileage.

        • PoisonApple31

          Then get an iPhone.

          • gintoddic

            haha yea I tried that in 2007 and it sucked. And it still sucks. I’m ok with my 5″ Droid, anything bigger than that is unnecessary.

  • flosserelli

    Wow that thing is as big as a Note 3. And the Note 3 screen is a lot brighter. Hmmmm….

  • jmartino5920

    Hey Tim,

    Great to meet you today! Great day and great review.

    Hope to see you soon.

    Jonathan Martinez

  • joeypts

    Where is the notification light and is the light multicolored like the nexus 5?

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

      It’s in the earpiece and yes, multicolored.

  • NexusMan

    garbage

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

      That’s some nice garbage then…

      • NexusMan

        That remains to be seen. One plus has proved nothing thus far. Once they actually ship phones, get them into the hands of more than just an elite sub segment of people, and they manage to actually function properly and fantastically and hold up to every day use for extended periods of time (somewhat longer than 20 minutes), then I can reevaluate. Right now its just vaporware. #NotFallingForTheHype.

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

          Based on the Oppo phones, this thing will be great.

        • Cesar

          The fact that it exists and people have had the opportunity to physically handle it immediately disqualifies it as vaporware.

          • NexusMan

            The fact that not only can I not currently obtain said device, but the few people who actually do have said device, have unfinished, buggy, handicapped functionality devices, qualifies it as vaporware. As I said before..Once they actually ship phones, get them into the hands of more than just an elite sub segment of people, and they manage to actually function properly and fantastically and hold up to every day use for extended periods of time (somewhat longer than 20 minutes), then I can reevaluate. Right now its just vaporware. I have not seen one “review” by someone who has a final, fully functional device.

  • Jason Melling

    Does anyone remember when this phone was teased and it was supposedly sitting underneath the Sony phone ?? It was an outright lie, this phone is much larger than that Sony. A massive letdown with this phone, epic fail coming.

  • Jason Melling

    This phone is a massive letdown in the design department. It was supposed to have an amazing ratio of screen to actual phone and it simply does not. Something very wrong happened during the build up of this phone. It will go down as one of the epic fail’s in the mobile industry.

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

      It’s actually pretty damn good. It’s on par with the Nexus 5 in the screen to body ratio. Not G2 territory, but still great. Way better than any of the Sammy phones.

  • Nathan Corachea

    is that a special icon pack? Or is that on the play store?

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

      It’s most likely a pack that you can get from the new CM Theme store.

  • Frankiie

    All i see is people complaining about big phones. Jesus Christ. Get a damn iPhone. And shut up.

    • needa

      i am of the mind now that as long as i have a 360, i do not care how big the phone is. still though… this thing is kinda big for the size of the screen.

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

      ^^^ This ^^^

      Shut your face ya big bunch of whiners.

    • gintoddic

      Getting an iPhone for a compromise on screen size is retarded. iOS blows, and their screen size is in the range of being too small.

      • Frankiie

        So if not too big it is too small? People will never be sastified.

    • 213ninja

      lol

    • Liderc

      When a phone towers over a Nexus 5, it’s too big. Sorry, a phone is supposed to be able to be used with one hand and even with my Nexus 5 I have to stretch to touch the top of my screen. Who knows what kind of two handed nonsense would have to be used to actually use this device.

      I was looking forward to this, had no idea it was in useless Note 2 size category.

      And btw, just because we want a phone that fits in one hand, doesn’t mean we want a tiny iPhone. The Nexus 5′s screen is big and because of its small bezel, they’ve been able to keep it as a one handed device.

      No phone should be more than 5 inches except for speciality devices. There’s tablets if you want that big of a screen to use.

  • David Schleifstein

    @2:40, Check out that 2 second lag time between pressing the home button and the phone responding. Looks like bad news man…

    • needa

      lots of little software issues popped up in that video.

  • Cruz

    If I wanted a tablet I would get this phone. Hope they make a smaller phone that’s 4.7 to 5 inches. Beyond 5 just seems to much. Or they gotta just figure out how to get a 5 in screen in a smaller bezel.

  • Chris Hilbert

    Wish we could get an official answer on if the final model will have Qi charging and/or Qi charging back plates available as an add-on.

    • Dominick White

      No wireless charging. Well that’s the word that’s going on forums anyways

      • Chris Hilbert

        That’s why I said official. Everything else is just speculation based on spec sheets and photos circulating. OPO hasn’t said a word on it yet…

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

      They said absolutely no QI charging. There are no aftermarket contact points either (i.e. like Samsung does).

  • T_Dizzle

    At $299 is it an adequate phone?

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

      At $299, it’s a steal. At $349 for 64gb, it’s highway robbery.

      We need official reviews once the phone is out, but everything is pointing to this being the best device (except for maybe the Oppo Find 7) on the market. Unfortunately it’s F’ing huge. But if you don’t mind the size, this phone is an absolute monster.

      • T_Dizzle

        That’s how I perceive it and I love the size as I have large hands but I want Tim to say how the overall build feels. He may have said something in the video but I didn’t have time to watch them yet.

  • Liderc

    Jesus it’s way too big. Didn’t realize it was this big when I first read about it. Too bad.

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  • Ryan

    Either those guys can’t hit the screen very well or the screen is not very responsive to touch.

  • Jkdem85

    I hope we get a review that doesn’t kill the phone because its too big for your hands. The review should focus on the phones merrits

  • C-Law

    That guy from Cyanogen said “right now I have capacitive buttons turned on because that’s what I prefer” but he was using the on-screen nav bar buttons. Lol. I think he got it right later in the vid.

    • needa

      that guy probably had a twenty minute orientation and then was sent out on the floor.

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

      I think there’s a massive disparity among the community on what the buttons are called.

      Most common:

      On-screen keys, virtual keys or software keys are usually assigned to the Google standard.

      Hardware keys, capacitive keys, softkeys are usually assigned to the old school buttons.

  • needa

    @Tim-o-tato are the speakers as bad as the guy from A.A. says they are?

    • dmo580

      I was at the event too, and I can comment that the speakers weren’t
      great. I was judging based on the volume adjustment and hearing that
      volume adjustment sound. It definitely was not present near max. Of
      course it wasn’t the best review, but it sounded more sharp, rather than
      a deep rich speaker, as if the speaker was about to crackle.

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

        Viper!

      • needa

        thanks.

  • Jason Kahn

    The Nexus 5 Size is my limit, though I am digging the price point I don’t know how I’ll feel with such a large phone in my pocket. Put me in the undecided column over this phone.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      I’m digging the price point but not the screen size. It towers over the Nexus 5 which is my limit.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        I’m on the same boat. But 64GB for $350…? With that massive battery and 3GB RAM..!! I am sooo salivating.

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

          You, me and a boatload of other people. June is going to be a brutal wait.

        • Liderc

          3GB of RAM is pointless for phones right now and will be for the foreseeable future. The price is good, the size is awful.

    • Liderc

      Yeah even the Nexus 5 is just a tad big, but that’s mostly because the edges aren’t as round as they should be.

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

      The One could be worth it for the camera alone if that’s important to you.

      • Jason Kahn

        Other than the small field of view the Nexus 5 camera is more than adequate for my needs.

  • ddfuji

    dat raised screen though, just asking to be broken

    • Jason Kahn

      Didn’t notice that until you said, your right not sure if this thing has Gorilla glass or not or if it will suffer the early Nexus 4′s fate before they added the little bumps

      • needa

        gorilla three

        • Jason Kahn

          that hardened glass though more scratch resistant, I would imagine is more shatter prone

          • needa

            it is stronger all the way around. the thing is glass is most prone to shattering though a side impact. <– no flex.

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

      Hopefully they have a bumper case that doesn’t make the device look like a turd.

  • Brian Wolfman

    I love the question on specs and the answers on the second video. Or the vagueness. Its got a “very large battery that lasts a very long time.” This tap to turn on the device which is a like the clapper from the 80′s? Or like the G2 from the 2014′s. Its got a camera thats your standard, uhhh, camera, that, uhhh, oh he doesnt know what megapixels the camera is? But the press shots were taken with THIS camera! Guess it didnt force close for those shots lol

  • dmo580

    lol I’m in your photo! Thanks!

  • Brandon Godbolt

    With the death of the Nexus program, I’m definitely buying this phone

  • Christopher Moore

    I would buy it just to get manufacturers to lower prices of these overpriced phones in the marketplace. We should eliminate contracts and flagship phones should be no more than $350.

  • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county

    LMAO the Camera FC

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      As Tim mentioned, the phone was a prototype.

    • needa

      bill gates keynote bsod moment.

  • p0k3y

    I personally don’t mind a Chinese phone manufacturer, but am surprised by the lack of mention about One+, considering the flak that other Chinese companies usually get. Are we Americans not concerned about that any more? Or is it OK coz it runs CM? Or is this phone just too cool?

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

      Are you saying we shouldn’t trust the company because it’s Chinese?

      The hardware is Chinese made.

      The software is US made.

      • p0k3y

        I get that. Again, being a Chinese American myself, I don’t care about this. I was just wondering why nobody seems to care this time, like they did with Huawei handsets.

  • K

    Dang that thing towers over the G2! I consider the G2 to be the perfect size but since OEMs have tended to make their devices taller I guess I may have to settle for a larger phone when I upgrade from the G2.

    • Karthos

      Never Settle

  • Maxim∑

    I still feel like a shortcut was taken somewhere. People have said there are none but I just find it a little strange.

    • K

      Maybe they paid their factory workers less to manufacture it at a competitive price?

      • needa

        its like four bucks a phone at foxconn. these are being made by oppo. its fifteen to manufacture one here in the states.

    • Justin Merithew

      It’s definitely possible, but if there was one it’s not anything obvious. It’s made in OPPO factories, and they make a pretty sturdy product, so I assume everything will be wired well. But I mean it’s also been said that it costs Samsung a little over $200 to make an S5, so given that these guys said they don’t plan on making a profit for 2 years, they could be selling it just barely above cost. It’s definitely a good way to disrupt the market.

    • Nathan Bryant

      The shortcut is in the execution of having the phone available and marketing. Also, how will they manage in the long run to build on top of any success they might have. No gimmicks, exclusives, mass launch, etc. I honestly think they will lack on that. I already see the ball falling on how they’re marketing this phone and in very limited launching quantities. I want success for them, but I honestly see this blowing over,

    • needa

      the android authority hands on says the speakers suck. so there is one shortcut. but that might be a pre-production phone. cause 1+ said they would be loud and tuned by jbl. time will tell. but there will be shortcuts. they will just be made through the internals that arent on the spec sheet. such as the radios and antennas. wifo module. the dac. mics. speakers. memory. etc.
      this is how the shortcuts are taken on a nexus. i cannot imagine it being any different for this phone.

      • dmo580

        So far the shortcuts aren’t so apparent, so I’m glad. It’s likely the speakers are not tuned yet. I highly doubt they’d tout JBL and dual speakers and even talk about the iPhone being a step down because only one side is a speaker on the iPhone, and then release a phone that sounds worse than my iPhone.

        • needa

          that is what i want to think. but they did say it would hide behind a z2. so their credibility is shot as far as i am concerned. i look forward to finding out, and also looking forward to giving opo my debit number. this phone paired to the 360 would be awesome. big phone in pocket that does not have to be taken out of that pocket thx to the 360. ‘you can’t beat that with a stick’.
          anywho, i am just trying to weigh my options right now.

      • Dominick White

        No he didn’t say it sucked, just that the output didn’t seem that great, but he would do further testing during his review and then will give finally judgement on the speaker quality

        • needa

          they were bad enough to mention. so i translated that into it sucking. waiting for the final revisions to take place so i will know for sure.

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

      You’re wondering how this device can be so cheap right? The answer is because One+ has spent virtually zero on marketing for this device. All the attention they’ve attained up to this point has been through blogs like DL, AC, AP, their forum, G+, Twiiter, FB and word of mouth. This thing spread like wildfire.

      Companies like Samsung, LG and others spend millions, sometimes billions (Samsung, Apple) on marketing. They massively upcharge their devices to pay for this marketing.

      One+ cut this out and is relying completely on the community of users to spread the word.

  • TSK

    Really like the looks of that camera app. Kind of a hybrid between the new M8 and the AOSP camera.

  • Brent Cooper

    Just started running cm11 on my Note 2 about 2 weeks ago. Gotta say, I never really liked it, but now, I’m loving it. Even though I lost some of the features that come with the Note 2, the increase in performance has more than made up for it. This thing flies now. I rarely use above 1.5gb of ram so I’m super excited to see how this phone preforms with 3gb of ram and a newer processor.

    • 213ninja

      CM is pretty beast. i ran it on my s3 but opted for TW on the note 2 and note 3 due to spen features….i also run it on my nexus 10. not to mention it’s a base for so many other custom roms. Definitely good stuff.

  • chris125

    Htc should sue them for copying their name lol

    • Justin Merithew

      They’re probably waiting to see if they’ll use it as a long-term, like they are themselves, because if they’re going to go 2014: OnePlus One, 2015: OnePlus Two, 2016: OnePlus Three, etc, it’s a different approach than what HTC is doing

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      2015: ”
      OnePlus One (M8), y’all!”

    • RuteNL

      Oneplus already has ‘one+’ trademarked, and htc doesn’t own ‘One’

      source: http://phandroid.com/2014/01/16/htc-oneplus-trademark/

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    Nothing wrong with big phones. Obviously plenty of people like them.

    • Devin Miller

      This is a comment referring to which part of the article that states otherwise?

      • Nick Floria

        it’s towards the video where Tim says “it’s a bummer that it is bigger than the nexus 5″ some people prefer bigger phones than the n5 so not much of a bummer really.

        • Devin Miller

          I saw that. Looked more like an opinion to me. But it’s a matter of semantics. Not really relevant anyway.

          • James

            I don’t think you know what the word “semantics” means.

          • Devin Miller

            Fair enough..Edited

    • Bobby Phoenix

      True a lot like them big, but a lot like 4.5″ screens too. Too bad companies only make 4.5″ with mid-range specs. It’s a real shame actually. Why only make 5, 5.5, 6″ with top end specs? Why force us who want a small form factor to have inferior specs just because?

      • 213ninja

        Moto X

        • Bobby Phoenix

          Moto X is 4.7″, not 4.5″. Moto G is 4.5″, but the specs are much lower.

          • 213ninja

            stop.

          • Bobby Phoenix

            Hammer Time?

          • Richard Jackson

            I like qwerty keyboard but the only one that get release have mid tier spec. You have been banish to the land of niche products. Where you will find a sea of meh with maybe a bright and pricey gem that maybe will be thrown at you. Still waiting for my gem btw.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Sure, big phones are great… if you buy your pants at the same place MC Hammer used to.

      • roberthenderson

        I think that you mean as long as you stop wearing sissy skinny jeans

        • 213ninja

          jeggings. i have come to the conclusion that anyone complaining about not being able to fit a Note 3 in their pocket is either a little kid, or rocks jeggings. as previously stated, i have no problems fitting an s3 and a Note 3 side by side in the pocket of my slim cut jeans…

      • 213ninja

        dumb.

      • Nicholas Ruiz

        Untrue. I had a Note 3, and even with a case I didn’t have trouble fitting it in my regular fit jeans

        • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

          I have a note 3 and have no issues fitting it in my dress slacks pocket. They are slim fit.

      • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

        Skinny jeans are for iPhones

    • CasperTFG

      Exactly. Getting tired of the size hate from commenters and authors. Review what the device has to offer and be done.

    • gintoddic

      they’re only good for watching movies and browsing the web, doing anything one handed is awkward and will most likely drop the phone because of it.

      • 213ninja

        false.

    • James

      I think the point is people should have choice. Screen size just keeps increasing, which doesn’t detract from the the quality of any one particular large device, but does make the marketplace less diverse. Plenty of people would like smaller phones with great specs too.

      • splendic

        What we don’t consider when it comes to size is that it’s actually cheaper to produce larger phones. The larger the phone parts, the cheaper they are. And, yes, Apple can make a great small(er) phone every year, but that’s because 1) their software is better optimized to run on less hardware, and 2) Android producers (LG, Samsung, HTC, etc…) don’t have the kind of manufacturing sway Apple does (making essentially one version of a phone every year keeps costs even lower).

    • splendic

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with large phones… for some people.

      But it’ll be true for almost everyone, once the design paradigm shifts to move all navigation to the bottom of the screen where it’s easily accessible no matter how large the device.

      I don’t know HOW this hasn’t happened already!!!

  • Alex Boro

    Lookin good

  • Warwick

    “but this is the One”. Lol