OnePlus teases One CyanogenMod phone with 2014 flagship specs

January 22, 2014
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OnePlus, the Chinese smartphone company founded by a former Oppo executive, promises that it’s first CyanogenMod smartphone will have only the best specs and components.

In a recent Facebook update the company said the OnePlus One, it’s first-ever smartphone will “be built using only the best components and 2014 flagship specs, both inside and outside.” There’s no hint as to what that means, but it leaves plenty of room to speculate.

The OnePlus One will probably come out sometime in the second quarter of 2014, so it’s reasonable to say that it will have specs similar to other rumored smartphones coming in the next few months. That may include a Quad HD 1440 x 2560 display like the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5, likely with a massive pixel density, though without a screen size its hard to say just how many pixels it will have per inch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor seems like an obvious choice as well.

OnePlus One specsPreviously, OnePlus said the One is “more attractive than just about any phone on the market, with the exception of maybe the iPhone.” That’s a pretty hard statement to live up to, but not impossible. It all depends on what you consider attractive, and what build materials you consider worthy of a flagship phone. Personally, if OnePlus can make a CyanogenMod phone that looks and feels as great a Nokia Lumia 920 or Lumia 925 it will have succeeded in that goal. As long as it doesn’t use glossy, cheap plastic like the Samsung Galaxy S4 it should be fine, though.

There’s no word on if the OnePlus One will ever make it outside of China when it launches. Given that that company is releasing teases on Facebook in English instead of on Sina Weibo in Chinese, however, a wider release doesn’t seem our of the question.

OnePlus’ most recent Facebook post lists the LTE bands the OnePlus One will support, which includes bands used by both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. So even if the phone only comes out as an unlocked device, it will at least work on U.S. LTE networks. The Oppo N1, the only other CyanogenMod phone on the market, doesn’t support LTE in any country.

If the OnePlus One is as great as the company is teasing it will be would you buy one at full price (whatever that is)?

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