Wednesday Poll: Do You Want to Buy the OnePlus One?

You’ll notice the very specific wording in that title, because no one knows when or how exactly they will be able to buy the newly announced OnePlus One. We know it’s official. We know the full specs. We know it will cost just $299 for the 16GB version and $349 for the 64GB version, but only 100 of them will be available on April 25 through a smash-your-current-phone promo.

After that, OnePlus is using an invite system from those first 100 orders, so hopefully you know someone. Because it could be until May before they go on sale in the announced 16 countries outside of the invite system. May is probably a rough estimate at best, because country availability and stock levels will likely vary greatly. So again, who knows if and when you’ll ever have a chance to buy the OnePlus One.

But that doesn’t mean the total package here doesn’t sound incredibly appealing (even if the phone is quite large). We are talking specs that are in many ways better than that of the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) yet at half the price. This is a pretty insane move from a newcomer – hopefully they can get the sales side of things figured out.

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OnePlus One Specs

The OnePlus One is now official with its jaw-dropping price and insanely limited (plus confusing) availability. Once you can potentially purchase one, though, I’d imagine it will be well worth the $300 and $350 price tags.

After all, OnePlus managed to include the most premium specs of the moment in a phone that is half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at full retail. We are talking the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP rear Sony camera, 5MP front camera, 16 or 64GB of storage, and a 3100mAh battery, all in a body that is only 8.9mm thick.

The phone should also work quite well on AT&T’s LTE network here in the U.S. It technically supports T-Mobile’s band 4 as well, but the GSM compatibility might not be there, at least according to the official spec sheet below.  (more…)

Renders Leak of OnePlus One and StyleSwap Back Covers, New Images of CyanogenMod 11S

We’re only a few days away from the launch of the OnePlus One, the “Never Settle” smartphone from former Oppo employee Pete Lau. The phone, from what we know of it, has shaped up to be a decent product, packing impressive specs such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and 3GB of RAM. Today, we’re finally seeing some leaked images of the device and its replaceable “StyleSwap” back covers, along with a preview of the custom CyanogenMod 11S Android flavor. (more…)

HTC Wants to You to Throw Away Your DSLR in About 18 Months

OK, so you may have longer than 18 months in reality, but HTC thinks within 12-18 months, the gap between a smartphone camera and a DSLR will close dramatically. In an interview with Vodafone, HTC’s camera guru Symon Whitehorn, discussed the present and future of his company’s plans for optics, which includes both dominating the selfie market and helping you ditch that big bulky dedicated shooter.  (more…)

OnePlus One Available for Purchase Through Weird Invite System at Launch

When you are a brand new smartphone company who isn’t sure if you’ll be able to sell more than 100 units of your new phone to the public, what’s the best way to try and create demand, gauge actual interest, and also let your potentially small group of interested customers feel like they belong in some exclusive club? You dress up the situation with a launch gimmick that involves an invite system for purchasing said phone.

OnePlus is doing just that for the launch of its One phone, come April 23. In a post to their official OnePlus forums, an official administrator reveals Oneplus’ plans to utilize an invite system for a core group of early interested buyers. The system details are still a bit murky, but they’ll involve invites through friends, contests, and their official forums. Of course, should you receive an invite and purchase the phone, you’ll be able to invite other friends as well.  (more…)