OnePlus One Review

composition-mainOnePlus, the Chinese Smartphone manufacturer has decided to shift its focus now on the booming Indian Smartphone market, after the unprecedented success Xiaomi has seen this year.

OnePlus is looking to dive in India with its latest CynogenMod led Smartphone – the OnePlus One which was announced in April this year and released in the market in June. With its entry in the Indian market, OnePlus is also hoping to garner unprecedented success like it’s rival, and with the plethora of majestic features the phone has in its guard, that dream does not seem to be a far off reality.

The basic features one should look forward to expect in this device are:

  • A 5.5 inch LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Operates on CynogenMod 11S
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS upgradable to 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Powered by 2.5 Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor
  • Primary camera of 13MP with dual-LED flash
  • Secondary camera of 5MP
  • Runs on a 3GB RAM
  • Internal storage of 16 or 64GB
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3100mAh battery

Design

OnePlus One comes with beautiful curves, rounded edges and a metallic matte finish over a plastic casing which even for it’s cheap price, gifts it with the aura of a premium device. Even the Sandstone back variant is exquisite. In spite of its sheer size, the round edges help the user to hold it pretty comfortably. The dual-audio speaker comes with the back-lit buttons at the bottom of the phone.

Display

One sports a 5.5 inch full –HD display screen which is powered by JDI and protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and pixel density of 401ppi. The colours are extremely sharp and crisp, the content delivery is good and even the viewing angles are very prominent. The brightness may be a worry when used outdoors if the level is at middle or low, but the display gives an outstanding result while playing games, surfing videos or watching movies, which is quite exemplary at such a cheap price.

Hardware

OnePlus One is surely going to surprise you hugely if you compare the price with the hardware it produces. You will get a top-end Quad-core Snapdragon 801 Processor powered by a 3GB RAM. This makes the phone a powerhouse, which is very well able to withstand all kinds of multi-tasking thrown at it. However it doesn’t allow users to expand memory, so if you are planning to buy this phone, keep it in mind and then select either the 16GB or the 64GB variant.

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Software

Initially, the OnePlus One ran on the CynogenMod 11S, but that variant will not be available in India. Thus, the operating system is Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which can be upgradable to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The CynogenMod variant makes the phone more gesture laden and the interface detailing more user-friendly. The only demerit is that even though it is sleek and easy to use, its high configuration takes up a lot of space in the device.

Camera

OnePlus has gifted One with a 13MP primary rear camera powered by a Sony Exmor sensor. The camera is magnificent and produces images that are well detailed and crisp under bright light conditions. Buts its performance in low-light remains a worry as pictures come washed out. The 5MP front camera also delivers crisp and clear images, 1080p video recording and also decent video call quality.

Battery

Battery has always been a department of worry for the Smartphone users, but OnePlus One brings in a breadth of fresh air with a 3100mAh battery. This not only makes the phone last longer but also allows you to enjoy more than a day and a half of usage with normal moderate usage and almost a day’s usage for the heavy users.

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Verdict

The verdict remains that OnePlus One is an excellent and top class device which gives optimum value-for-money. With the non-expandable memory being the only con, the device packs an excellent camera, with exquisite display, long lasting battery and a hardware powerhouse at the cheapest price possible in the market.

However, the CynogenMod variant is not available in the Indian market so one has to opt for the Android version. The majestic device can only be bought by a few lucky ones who manage to get hold of an invite. So once, you get the invite do not even think twice before laying your hands on this wonderful device.

OnePlus One Price: Rs 21,999 (64GB)

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