OnePlus One to feature a 3100mAh battery and some new “mystery tech”

by: Robert TriggsMarch 10, 2014
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The OnePlus One is a pretty interesting project to watch. Designed by a former Oppo VP and running the popular CyanogenMod ROM, this smartphone could shake up things in the Android world, but we really don’t know that many details about the handset’s hardware yet.

Last week’s announcement confirmed that the handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974) running at 2.3Ghz, and now we’ve received the next spec for the OnePlus One, the inclusion of a 3100mAh battery.

Whilst battery technology might not be the most exciting announcement, the latest news has revealed that the handset will feature a non-removable battery, which is sure to disappoint some, and also the inclusion of a mystery battery technology which is designed to “enhance and boost the user experience”.


The reason for opting for a non-removable battery stems from actually increasing the overall battery capacity and usage time of the handset. OnePLus CEO Pete Lau explained that adding in a removable battery would have involved more work and additional circuitry which would likely extend build time, result in a thicker device, and deprive the handset of some juice.

“A removable battery would have meant adding a protective layer to the motherboard as well as extra circuitry, resulting in a smaller battery (2500 mAh, 20% less battery juice!) or a significantly thicker phone.” Pete Lau

Given that this mystery technology is related to the battery, it could take the form of something similar to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Glance and Guru applications, which monitor your usage habits to better manage your battery life. Alternatively, it’s also possible that this mystery technology could be something hardware related, we already know that the Snapdragon 800 CPU is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. Then again, OnePlus could have developed something entirely new.

There’s still plenty more information to come regarding the OnePlus One before we have a complete picture of the device, including its screen size, resolution, camera features, storage options, as well as the handset’s physical design, so stay tuned.

The OnePlus One is expected to go on sale in the second quarter of the year, with a retail price of no more than $400.

  • Shark Bait

    Is it designed by harry potter

  • Nelson Guttman

    Waiting with bated breath!

    • Peter

      Hey, it’s good to see that you spelled the phrase “bated breath” correctly. Far too often I see “baited” breath, which is entirely incorrect.

      • Nelson Guttman

        Nevaaaa! :D

  • Roll

    Lol, ridiculous reason, Pete Lau.
    Just say that you can’t design a good battery cover.

    • WestFiasco

      Seems like an acceptable reason to me

  • Luka Mlinar

    I remember back in the day madia saying something like “iPhone killer”. This thing is gonna be a Nexus killer :D

    • MasterMuffin

      Hell no :)

      • Luka Mlinar

        Same processor, better design, better quality, smaller bezels, larger battery, cyanogenmod. Same price.

        • MasterMuffin

          Yes, opinion, not a fact yet, not a fact yet, most likely, press 2 button and you have that on a Nexus, nope. Even less known than Nexus line and as with Nexus 5, the price will be different based on your location

          • Luka Mlinar

            Than give it time.

    • KingofPing

      Using the phrase “{insert anything here} Killer” is about as close to Goodwin’ing a conversation as you can get without claiming it was created by Nazi’s…

      This phrase, along with, “final nail in the coffin” need to be retired. Permanently.

  • K

    Just because its mysterious, does it mean it will shake up the android world?

    • Mike Reid

      No. Usually implies the opposite.

  • K

    I just read the link about one plus. So its a cyanogen mod phone huh? Maybe now it can shake up the android world.

    But the thing is will retailers and carriers push its phone over others. Only the companies (regardless of what OS they have) that are benefiting from this push are thriving.

  • muddy46

    The one thing that concerns me the mos is that OnePlus chose to use a LI-Po batt instead of the Li-Ion batt. I am hoping that the OnePlus’ mysterious battery tech will make up for the Li-Po’s shortcomings.

  • John Garlits

    This tech better be more than a built-in battery saver app.

    I have to say though, I finally put CM on my old Galaxy Nexus just to play around and was shocked that it can now sit idle for days without losing charge. On good ol’ standard jellybean (which was as high as it was allowed to go officially, which was crappy but another story), it could easily die in hours. I used to have to have spare batteries and chargers around everywhere for that thing. Just saying, I think CM knows a little something about battery management.


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  • Tjaldid

    I’m more interested in the OS what will differentiate it from Android?

    • Tiago Azevedo

      It won’t run an OS that will differentiate anything from Android! The OS will be Android!