OnePlus One will feature hands-free voice control, similar to the Moto X

by: Andrew GrushMarch 12, 2014

Over the course of the last week or so, OnePlus has been slowly unveiling new information regarding its upcoming handset’s specs. We now know that the OnePlus One will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 CPU, will feature a 3100 mAh battery, and will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display — all at a price tag that will reportedly be under $400.

You’ll also be able to wake up and perform specific tasks even when your handset is locked

What about special software features? We already know that the OnePlus One will run CyanogenMod right out of the box, and that the CM team will also be adding some customized features specifically for the OnePlus One. Now OnePlus has revealed one of these special features will include a voice wake up feature similar to the Moto X and the latest Verizon Droids.

According to an official post on the OnePlus forums, the feature is based on Qualcomm’s existing technology but is optimized on the software end by the CM team. Not only will you be able to train your phone to recognize your voice, you’ll also be able to wake it up and perform specific tasks even when your handset is locked. Unlocking the phone simply requires you to use a special hotword. Right now OnePlus has a poll going on to decide which hot word will be used with OK, OnePlus! currently receiving the most votes, followed by wake up, OnePlus! and alakazam.

What do you think, if OnePlus can deliver a handset with its own CM-flavored alternative to touchless control and specs that are at least somewhat comparable to other 2014 flagships all for the promised sub-$400 price tag — would you be interested in picking up the OnePlus One?

  • Dexter Calvillo

    Under $400?
    Does that mean $399?

    • Andrew Grush

      Previously OnePlus has said that $400 doesn’t mean $399 or $398.. but they really don’t get into specifics. For all we know, they could be aiming for $370-$390. Still, if they can deliver on their other promises, this should be worth the asking price and will not be to much more than a Nexus handset.

  • apianist16

    Honestly, I’m just not that excited about this phone. They are trying to get the hype train moving, I get that. I just don’t see how this phone will be better or more innovative than any other flagship phone this year. It’s no cheaper than a Nexus, it’s specs are 6 months old, and it doesn’t really have any must-have features. It’s running CyanogenMod, but that’s really all that makes it unique.

    • Andrew Grush

      To each their own. I agree that the specs aren’t necessarily bleeding edge, but if CM can deliver touchless control and other unique software aspects to compliment this device — it could still be a great option for those looking for something with a more stock-like experience but who want something different than the Moto X, Moto G, Nexus 5 and other stock-like handsets.

      • Guest123

        It’s all a little weird, really.

        If they are targeting those who want a “more stock Android experience,”
        that means they are targeting those who most likely know how to put a
        custom ROM on their device.

        Therefore, the stock Android
        experience can be had by them no matter what they get — as long as it is
        a reasonably popular device they can find a decent ROM.

        Furthermore, by the time this is released you will be able to find similarly spec devices for similar price.

        what’s the point again? CM? They need more than just decent specs and
        CM. They need a killer feature, and the hardware isn’t looking like
        it’ll be the killer features, thus it needs to be in the software — some
        type of ultra privacy/security??

        I don’t know. The idea sounds good, but when analyzed it falls apart.

        if they were going after the “average user” with the idea of no
        bloatware, long term updates, better privacy, faster updates, etc. . . then I think they
        might be on the right track, but that’s not the message nor do they
        have the cash to market a device at that level from what we’ve heard, thus it’s all a little
        weird to me.

        Sure I might buy one but, I’m the small minority of
        users that wants to get way from google, OEMs, and carriers as much as

        It’s a bit of a head scratcher at this point.

        • Kash Gummaraju

          What’s killer specs for you? Is a 1080p 5.5″ screen with a snapdragon 800 and a 3100 mah battery not enough?

          • the 5.5″ screen is going to be squeezed into a phone less wide than z1
            Damn, it is going to be tall

          • Kash Gummaraju

            No it’s not. The z1 has humongous bezels, with those bezels reduced heavily, you can fit a 5.5 inch screen very nicely. The z1 is larger than the g2 and short of the note 3

  • Why’s everyone so spec-hungry?

    The specs are more than enough than most users need as we have reached a plateau of acceptable performance. However, the best user experience is what OnePlus is hoping to deliver and user experience is why Apple experiences so much success. To me, proper optimization is much more important than having the latest specs and highest numbers, with phones like the Moto X and the iPhone proving that specs don’t matter as much as they used to. If OnePlus follows through in providing the best user experience with a phone that has good specs at a price range of under $400 and $500, then it would be hard for anyone to not consider buying this.

  • Tommy

    With the performance aspect, the above average camera quality, and Cyanogen in its corner, the price you pay for such a powerful package seems way too good to be true. And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.