Today OnePlus, one of China’s most ambitious and disruptive companies finally unveiled its first Smartphone product, the OnePlus One, and Mobile Geeks were on hand in Beijing to take a first look with a device dubbed, ‘the best smartphone possible’.
The launch event in Beijing was held just moments ago and featured a full unveiling of the device that is set to go global in 16 countries as of Friday April 25th , i.e. at the end of this week. Today’s launch represented the very first time that global media actually get to see what all the fuss is about so we are totally stoked to finally get our geeky paws on it.
When we first took in the the OnePlus One Smartphone specifications a few weeks ago, we didn’t exactly gasp and run to the hills screaming glory glory hallelujah – we acknowledged that the device pretty much hit all the right buttons in terms of hardware components with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, a 6 lens 13MP Sony Exmor Camera and 5.5″ IPS display, but it would probably need more than that to really claim a spot next to the Xperias and Galaxys of the smartphone world.
The OnePlus One arrived today to huge fanfare and it is fair to say that any hint cynicism has been thoroughly blown away by the additional details that have now been confirmed. For example we now understand that the display is indeed a Touch On Lens 5.5 incher from Japan Display Inc. It looks great, with the glass panel sitting atop the device helping to improve screen to space ratio, which makes the device slimmer and apparently even reduces potential damage and shattering.
When we look at the chassis of the device, seeing as the screen takes up almost all of the front side, we find the back cover has a special and utterly unique finish that apparently originates from Cashew Nuts (yes, seriously…Cashew Nuts). The finish has effect of aiding comfort in the hand (a weathered, slightly fluffy feeling perhaps?) being less prone to slipperiness when wet.
The OnePlus One also features dual JBL speakers installed facing out of the bottom of the device, so the audio experience should be pretty awesome.
The choice of CyanogenMod for the devices mobile OS is also real classy choice (although the Chinese version will instead run a custom version of ColorOS from OPPO), and have even put a small CyanogenMod logo on the back of the device to really entice the Android fanboy rebels.
Here is a full gallery of the device:
In short we believe the OnePlus One to immense. Not just as piece of hardware but also as indicator of how China, as hot bed of manufacturing and ruthless innovation, is starting to breed truly disruptive and influential companies. Companies like OnePlus. My advice to the current Satus Quo, is to watch out.