The Founder and CEO of OnePlus has announced on the company’s user forums that the CyanogenMod-based phone, The OnePlus One, will not only feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC but also have a 3100 mAh non-removable battery. In his statement to the community, Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus talked about how the company’s first phone, the OnePlus One will continue to operate on the principals that they continually have been promoting through social media and other channels of ‘never settle’.
In his posting, he muses about the compromises needed to be made regarding the device’s overall thickness and the decision to have either a removable or a non-removable battery. His musings are something that nearly every single smartphone manufacturers has to mull over when they build a phone. The difference is that a lot of his ideas and decisions are being made in the public and while informing the community that wants to support his project. As such, they decided to go with a non-removable battery due to the fact that it would enable the largest possible battery size for the thickness target they’re aiming for at 3100 mAh.
Although other details about the phone are still quite murky, they appear to have a pretty strong following and may become the next big smartphone vendor to come out of Asia. However, as it stands right now, they claim to have prototypes of the phone which are supposedly very comfortable to hold and such. But the real truth is that OnePlus’ own marketing is what’s getting them the most attention as they have been continually chastising their competitors for not being innovative enough or not competitive enough. I guess we’ll see if their smack talk lives up to its expectations once they actually launch a device and start selling it to consumers at a reasonable price. There still aren’t any hints on price or specs beyond the two parameters we’ve mentioned but I’d expect this phone to sell for around $400 or $500 based on the specs primarily because they won’t really be cutting edge by the time the phone is released.
Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 805 and 801, and the Galaxy S5 will have the latter while other phones and tablets are likely to have the former in the second half of this year. The Snapdragon 800 is actually the chip featured in the LG G2 and the Google Nexus 5 from last year, so I’m not entirely sure how that quite fits into the motto they seem to be going by of ‘never settle. I know that building an ultra-high-end phone wouldn’t have much of a market and would probably price most consumers out of the market, but a CyanogenMod-based phone with the current specs should be pretty good. I’m just not sure it warrants the amount of smack they’re talking.