OnePlus has been teasing its first smartphone, simply called the ‘One’, for a few months now by drip-feeding features and specs in its forums. It promised to launch the device in the first half of 2014 and finally, the company has given a date for the handset’s grand unveiling: April 23.
So what do we know so far? It offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (the 800 version was confirmed before) a 3,100 mAh non-removable battery and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, doubled-up with a 6-megapixel version on the front. It will also feature replaceable ‘StyleSwap‘ covers in denim, bamboo, kevlar, faux-silk and faux-sandstone.
OnePlus was founded by Pete Lau, a former Oppo executive. New hardware manufacturers are always cause for excitement, especially given the relatively minor upgrades offered by other Android flagship handsets this year, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2. It’s now less than a month before we can judge OnePlus’ potential to carve out its own slice of the market.