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OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
OnePlus One
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8.2/10
Informr score
The OnePlus One currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 42 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • HD display with solid viewing angles and accurate colors
  • Excellent battery life
  • High-end interior hardware for fast performance

What's bad

  • Unwieldy to use one-handed
  • Poor image stabilization and slow autofocus

While relatively late to the smartphone scene, Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus made waves with their first phone – OnePlus One. The company stands by its "Never Settle" mantra by offering high end specs at a very low price. Of course, the most noticeable feature is its 5.5-inch IPS display that has full HD resolution of 1080x1920 and pixel density of 400ppi. Critics lauded the display as one of the best in the Android market with excellent viewing angles and very natural colors. Engadget adds, "its whites are whiter…the colors are natural, making them more satisfying to stare at than the saturated GS5..."

On top of all this, OnePlus adds a new Touch on Lens (TOL) technology that allegedly improves touch sensitivity and reduces the chance of shattered screens by 300 percent. While none of the reviews we saw tested the shatter claim, they also didn't note any significant improvement in touch sensitivity.

In order to compensate for the large screen, the phone measures at 15 x 7.6 x 1 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 inches) and weighs in at 162 grams. While fairly thin, reviewers found the overall size to be a bit unwieldy and somewhat difficult to use one-handed. Ars Technica found that they needed to adjust the phone in hand often, which they called, "a recipe for phone-dropping disaster." Despite its large size, critics still enjoyed using the phone due to its easy to grasp rounded case and textured back.

For the price, the OnePlus One packs a lot of power with its 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 3 GB of RAM. Therefore it's not too surprising that critics describe its performance as smooth, fast and lag-free even when using graphically-complicated 3D games. All that high-end hardware requires a lot of juice to operate, which is why the phone comes with a 3,100 mAh battery. While not user-replaceable, battery draining tests put it at just over 8 hours and real-life expert tests clock the battery at over 24 hours of heavy usage. Besides this it also comes in 16GB or 64GB internal storage which unfortunately cannot be expanded.

The one feature that didn't really impress reviewers was the camera. Gizmodo notes it takes decent pictures in daylight but suffers from mediocre image stabilization and slow autofocus. They go on to say that these issues improve when using the other camera apps like Cyanogenmod and HDR mode. Even when using these apps, critics still find the saturation a bit off and low-light shots fairly noisy.

Overall, critics highly recommend the OnePlus One due to its low cost of entry coupled with its high-end specs. Tech Crunch says, "OnePlus One manages to do the impossible, offering up top-tier specs at mid-tier prices…seemingly without sacrifices…that's nothing short of amazing." Phone Arena adds, "This is a fresh alternative…and one killer device." 


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2.5 GHz
Processor
Processor
2.5 GHz
5.5"
Screen Size
Screen Size
5.5"
13+ MP
Camera
Camera
13+ MP
3100 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

Calling this phone a "flagship killer" is an overstatement, but only a very, very tiny bit. It certainly has the goods in terms of specifications and raw power, and if that's your main concern then you can save a lot of money by forgetting about Samsung, HTC and Sony altogether. At Rs. 21,999 for th...

- Jamshed Avari, Gadgets 360
Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide

The OnePlus One is a gorgeous, powerful flagship phone that sells for a budget price. The handset’s rich HD screen, sharp camera and stunning battery life all hold their own against popular phones such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the inclusion of CyanogenMod provides a more att...

- Michael Andronico, Tom's Guide
What Mobile
What Mobile

For the price and specification, nothing really comes close to the OneLPusOne delivering bang for buck. The downside is that the phone is not sold by any retailers or networks. You have to buy it online directly from OnePlus. So in the event of any faults the phone would have to be returned to OneP...

- Thomas Wellburn, What Mobile
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

There are only two, possibly three, bad things to say about the OnePlus One, if you are happy to buy online direct from OnePlus. We wish there was expandable storage, and it's bigger than other smartphones with similarly sized displays. And if we are being really harsh, we would hope for a better ca...

- Matt Egan, Tech Advisor
Notebookcheck
Notebookcheck

OnePlus delivers a really good smartphone with its One that calls itself Flagship Killer - and that not quite wrongly. Although the processor loses some of its power during permanent load, the smartphone is swift and other, considerably pricier contenders also struggle with these heat issues.Besides...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck


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Common Questions


OnePlus backs up the One with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your One has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact OnePlus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find OnePlus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5.5"

The OnePlus One's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 Kitkat (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3100 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 4 days standby time, 1196 minutes, 586 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus One Specs

Overview
Release Date April 25, 2014
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 4.4 Kitkat (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 3 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.62 W/kg
Body: 0.75 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM Type
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 683 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 586 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1196 minutes
Standby Time Up to 4 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Sandstone Black, Silk White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.6 x 0.9 cm (6 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 162 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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