Rumor: Cyanogen working on its own CM phone, priced at Nexus level

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 13, 2013

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Here’s a juicy rumor to spice up your afternoon. Cyanogen is supposedly working on a phone (different from the Oppo N1) that will run CyanogenMod out of the box and be priced very attractively.

The report comes from GSM Arena and is supposedly originating from a “trusted source” that also supplied an interesting piece of information on this phone’s specifications: the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8974AC processor clocked at 2.5GHz, more than any other mobile CPU on the market now.

The device will run CyanogenMod out of the box, said the source (CyanogenMod only, we presume) and may have new software features introduced on it, that may or may not make it to other CM devices. Moreover, the device will reportedly match the price of the Nexus 5, which is $350-$400 unlocked.

A separate report from Phandroid also claims that Cyanogen is preparing a custom device built specifically for the custom Android OS and running on Snapdragon 8974AC.

Neither report mentions the name of the hardware partner that will build the CM device, though the obvious candidate is Oppo. The up and coming Chinese phone maker will ship a version of the N1 running CM in December. A recent report from Chinese website DoNews suggests that Cyanogen and Oppo are working on a different project, and that the cooperation level between the two companies will be “unprecedented”. “Shocking” news related to the project is supposedly coming next month.

Looking up the new Snapdragon 8974AC processor reveals only one manufacturer that is working on a device powered by it – Gionee. Little known outside China, Gionee is gearing up to announce a smartphone running on 8974AC at the end of this month. However, while we can’t rule it out, we find it unlikely that Steve Kondik and his team would associate with Gionee, given how tight the relationship with Oppo seems.

Everything is just rumorware for now, so take it with the proverbial salt. But the next logical step for Cyanogen is to create a custom CyanogenMod device, so this rumor may actually have some substance to it.

  • MasterMuffin

    Oppo Find 7 which they confirmed already on their G+ account? Also 2,5 GIGAHERTZ!?

    • MadCowOnAStick

      2.5* :D

      • MasterMuffin

        Damn you “,” and “.”, they’re next to each other :)

        • MadCowOnAStick

          Hey master of the muffins, typing this on my Nexus 5:D

          • MasterMuffin

            Lucky you. I’m trying to decide if I want to wait for it to come to my country and pay $715 for the 16G model (!) or if I buy it from ebay now and pay $530 for the 32Gb model.

  • Peter Blanco

    Simply put:YES.

  • King Dong

    Hmm considering shanzhai phones are knocked out on a monthly basis its not really a big deal producing your own phone anymore

  • Shark Bait

    Good effort from the team. Good to see a small company with big ambitions. I hope they pull it off.
    Maybe they will set a new standard that you dont need 1000’s of employees like HTC do and still pull off a good phone

  • Fr33

    What would be the benefit for Oppo ?
    I can understand CM working on the software part (in parallel of Color OS) for Oppo phones, but having what seems to be an high end phone (to be confirmed) sold almost at cost price is odd.
    Either it would be a top device that may cannibalize other Oppo’s products, or it will have serious downsides (like Battery / Optics on the Nexus 5 to not be on the same level of the G2)

  • Jarl

    won’t they get sued by our dear rockstar patent trolls, just like the rest?

  • Noel

    Just make it a very compact <137mm tall, 5'' screen device with a 3000+mAh battery.

  • mfcfan

    If they can pack 3000+ Mah battery = instant success

  • bobEveryman

    Will they be able to ship Google Apps / Play Store with it? I always have to download and flash the GAPPS package after installing any CM rom…

  • TDN

    I would be surprised if it was sold at cost. The reason why Google is able to ship at, or near cost, is because of all their other income. Oppo nor CM have the kind of backing that Google has at this point and shipping a phone at cost, may be, well, costly. I have no doubt that CM will continue to work on new devices, but they and their hardware partners don’t want to shoot themselves in the foot before they start an uphill marathon.