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Pete Lau confirms OnePlus One will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC

OnePlus' Pete Lau has announced that the OnePlus One will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974), running at 2.3Ghz and in quad-core configuration.
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March 5, 2014
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While OnePlus has been talking a pretty big game, the reality is that we really don’t know that much about their upcoming CyanogenMod-powered handset, other than the OnePlus One is expected to retail for under $400 while rocking “2014 flagship specs”. Today a bit of that mystery is lifted, as OnePlus’ founder Pete Lau has announced the handset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974), running at 2.3Ghz and in quad-core configuration.

The OnePlus One will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM8974)

We know what some of you are thinking, “that’s not necessarily flagship 2014 specs”, especially considering the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 will both feature the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Not to mention that the Snapdragon 805 is expected later this year.

So why go with the Snapdragon 800? First, it might not be the newest SoC on the block, but it’s still extremely powerful. Second, it’s available here and now, which is important if OnePlus wants to keep its goal of delivering the OnePlus One by Q2 of this year.

[quote qtext=”Ultimately, it was clear that the Snapdragon 800 provided the best speed, battery consumption and heat management. It also allows us to get our product in your hand faster, with the highest optimization. We didn’t want to announce our product, only to be able to ship it six months later.” qperson=”Pete Lau” qsource=”Founder of OnePlus” qposition=”center”]

Lau says that going with the Snapdragon 800 doesn’t go against their ‘never settle’ mantra, as “never settle doesn’t mean we tip the scale to one extreme, and let our users suffer the imbalance. We’re completely confident that this is the best choice to deliver a product with the best overall user experience and performance on time for Q2.”

It’s also worth mentioning that there is much more to a good phone than just having the latest possible SoC, and devices like the Motorola Moto X are living proof of that. What do you think, does sticking with a Snapdragon 800 CPU make sense, or are you disappointed by the decision?