Meet This Nexus Killer: OnePlus One CyanogenMod Powered Smartphone Is Coming

Its official now! Today, Shenzhen-based company ‘OnePlus’ has finally unveiled its first high-end device, called One – its first Android smartphone. OnePlus One would be the flagship device that will be sold at a price of just $299. Lower than the price of Google Nexus 5!

About CyanogenMod power? One of the most popular aftermarket firmware available to Android users, which is teamed up with the hardware maker Oppo last year to build a handset packing the versitile, customizable software pre-loaded, Oppo’s spin-off company OnePlus appears to have taken things to the next level.

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Officially, the OnePlus One smartphone will run CyanogenMod 11S (purely based on Android 4.4) right out-of-the-box, and with an impressive list of tech specs and with a lower price tag, could nodoubt prove a real hit with hack-minded consumers.

The OnePlus One looks every bit like a flagship device with great design and powerful hardware and with CM team tied up with is somewhat rooting Android. Hackability is what makes the operating system so perfect, and you only need to look at a variety of communities to discover how. Software that released by Google will be only a chapter in the story of the open-source OS. CyanogenMod has been the best in bringing some of top customizations, such as CM Launcher themes, apps, rooting OS, et al. Refined over the years to the point where it’s both stable and fluid, and now, following the release of Oppo’s aforementioned N1 last year, this OnePlus One could prove to be a true show-stopper this year.

According to the Chinese company, which describes this “Embodying the OnePlus motto of ‘Never Settle’, the OnePlus One boasts industry leading design, superior build quality and top of the line specs at a disruptive price point“.

OnePlus was actually founded by Pete Lau in December 2013, and he was the earlier vice president at Oppo, a phone company that has made a brand name for itself in China by selling attractive and top-end phones at affordable prices.

For OnePlus One, the firm however tied up with Qualcomm for the core hardware and for the software, it has tied up with Cyanogen Inc, a group that modifies Android to make it more suitable for older devices as well as to make it more feature rich.

Although, Google Nexus 6 is expected to release on this year, once again combining high-tech abilities with a mid-range price point. But this time alongside a real challenger in the form of OnePlus One, which packs a mean range of specs that, for 299 dollars, puts even the likes of the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) to the sword.

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OnePlus One is powered by Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz. It has 3GB RAM, option of 16GB to 64GB internal storage, 5.5-inch screen with 1080P resolution, 13MP camera with F2.0 aperture and Sony image sensor, 5MP front camera, 3100 mAh battery, NFC and stereo speakers.

Under the hood, you get an Android 4.4 KitKat-based device packing a beefy 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, same SoC seen in the S5, One M8 and Sony’s Xperia Z2. Additionally, still got the 3GB of RAM power, and to keep this beast ticking over, you also get a 3,100mAh battery.

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The 5.5-inch display is, of the 1080p full HD variety – offering a very solid 401ppi. With the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is accompanied by a 5MP front-facing, and with the former capable of 4K video and slow-mo capture at 720p, point-and-shoot enthusiasts will have plenty to savor. Like the iPhone 5s!

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Customizations is a “no limits” affair, according to its creator, and if you being a big fan of CyanogenMod, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for this One.

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Finally, the base-level model, with 16GB of on-board storage, will retail at  $299/€269, with a 64GB option coming in at $349/€299. The OnePlus One will be available in May in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom. As well as the United States and India.

Note: At the moment the price is the real appeal of OnePlus One, when compared to the other flagships like iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 cost over $600. Stay tuned!