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OnePlus trolls the competition, can it live up to its promises?
Earlier today OnePlus released a series of Google+ posts that jabbed at some of their competitors. In some of the posts OnePlus pointed out what was wrong with the current crop of devices, in others the company was a bit more subtle.
Bottom-line, OnePlus’ G+ posts are pretty much a declaration that the OnePlus One can and will offer a better experience than its rivals. From pricing to features, the OnePlus One is said to be a major departure from the sameness that we see from many Android device manufacturers out there.
In this first post, OnePlus takes on Apple. You’ll note that one of the Apples is a real one — the other is plastic.
With Samsung’s Galaxy S5 receiving mixed reception so far, OnePlus felt it was necessary to compare the GS5 to a band-aid, calling it out as “so ugly it hurts”.
Now on to Windows Phone 8. In this post OnePlus is poking fun at WP’s lack of apps compared to Android, something that CyanogenMOD doesn’t have to worry about thanks to Google services certification.
Honestly, it’s harder to guess what OnePlus is saying here, other than obviously pointing towards the sale of Motorola to Lenovo.
And finally, a little poke at Blackberry. Though we have to wonder, why are there blueberries in the image? Was that just a marketing mistake?
What will the OnePlus do differently?
It’s one thing to talk big, it’s another to actually deliver. So what will the OnePlus do differently from the competition? We might not have all the details just yet, but OnePlus has certainly made more than a few ambitious claims.
When the company was first announced in December, OnePlus’ founder Pete Lau said the smartphone market was full of “wannabes but few truly outstanding products fit for the demanding consumer. That’s what [they] want to address with OnePlus.”. Since then, OnePlus has been slowly revealing their plans for their first handset, the OnePlus One.
The OnePlus One promises “2014 flagship specs”, and a killer design that they claim is “more attractive than just about any phone on the market, with the exception of maybe the iPhone.” We also know that the handset will be priced under $400, and earlier today the CyanogenMOD team revealed they would be supporting the OnePlus One with updates for at least two years.
Beyond the hype: Can OnePlus live up to its promises?
The big question is whether or not OnePlus can actually live up to their promises and truly impress when the handset arrives sometime in Q2 of this year. When rumors and even statements from execs get this wild, the end product almost always ends up not living up to the hype (as we arguably saw last week at MWC).
OnePlus has our attention, but we still aren’t sure exactly what kind of specs or design the One will feature when it arrives in Q2 this year. If you find yourself curious about the OnePlus, however, you might want to head over to Reddit tonight (March 4th) at 8:30 PM EST, where OnePlus Global Director Carl Pei will be hosting a Reddit AMA.
What do you think, between the poking fun at its rivals to all the hype the company has attempted to generate, is it destined to disappoint? Are you excited about the OnePlus based on the limited information we currently know? Let us know what you think in the comments below.