OnePlus Gets a Clue: Gives Donate Option to 100 Smash the Past Winners

Shortly after the OnePlus One was announced and a contest called Smash the Past went live – a contest which asked participants to smash phones in order to receive a One for $1 – we couldn’t help but call this is a terrible idea. Outside of the fact that the list of phones was limited to top tier devices that could be sold in online shops for much more than the $299 it would cost to outright buy a new OnePlus One, there are some other factors at play that make this a terrible contest. Thankfully, OnePlus finally realized this, sort of.  (more…)

OnePlus One Production Update: Late June is Your Best Bet for Buying One

We now know, at least for a minute, when you will be able to buy the Oppo OnePlus One. According to the company’s official forums, they now have a better grasp on which units need to be the focus of production and have scheduled “later in June” as the time that “general availability” will increase.

As expected, the initial push is to get 100 units out to the winners of their “Smash the Past” contest, followed by the fulfillment of the first batch of 16GB Silk White models. Once early June rolls around, a larger batch of 64GB Sandstone Black units should be available before we hit that “later June” mark for general availability.  (more…)

OnePlus One Hands-on: Video and Gallery

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.  (more…)

HTC One (M7), One Max, and Mini Enter “Certification” Phase of Sense 6 Update Process

HTC – sticking to its word to remain transparent with future updates – has updated its software status page to show that Sense 6.0 updates for the HTC One (M7), One Max, and One Mini have reached the “certification” phase. Certification doesn’t mean that the update is on the verge of an over-the-air (OTA) release, but it does mean that HTC is moving along in its process for updating phones that was laid out to the public months ago(more…)

OnePlus One “Smash the Past” is a Pretty Bad Contest

The contest called “Smash the Past” by OnePlus One that could land you one of their new flagship phones for $1 is now taking entries. The contest, for those not familiar, asks that you smash your phone on video to prove that you deserve a brand new OnePlus One, assuming you are one of the 100 chosen. Thing is, this isn’t exactly the greatest contest if you consider a number of factors.  (more…)

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…)