OnePlus One Takes on Google Nexus 5

If you haven’t heard about the upcoming OnePlus One smartphone, you probably will soon. The startup company, founded in China by a group of former smartphone tech workers, aims to compete against the likes of Google, Samsung, Apple and HTC by delivering an ultra-fast smartphone that’s packed with convenient little goodies. Oh, and did we mention OnePlus One comes with a price tag of just $299 without a contract?

Google Changes The Game With The Nexus 5

When Google unveiled its Nexus 5 on October 31, 2013, critics praised the Mountain View’s approach to eliminating the need for contracts. Up until then, consumers were forced to either sign a 2-year contract with a cell carrier or spend $500-$700 to get their hands on a leading smartphone. It really doesn’t make sense to spend $500+ on a smartphone when you can get it for little-to-no cost by signing up for a 2-year contract, so this is the route many consumers took.

The Nexus 5 changed this archaic method by offering consumers an industry-leading smartphone at an unbeatable price — and you don’t have to sign into a 2-year agreement. Following the success of the Nexus 5, it looks like startup company OnePlus One is taking a similar approach to their smartphone. It’s built with state-of-the-art components but priced far below competing smartphones.


Startup company OnePlus One aims to taker their share of the smartphone market.

OnePlus One Features:

  • Massive 5.5″ display screen.
  • Weights 160 grams (slightly heavier than the Nexus 5).
  • 1080p LCD display with 401 ppi.
  • 3 GB of RAM.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor.
  • Cyanogenmod mod for Android 4.4 KitKat experience
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash.

OnePlus One plans to launch their smartphone in select markets — U.S. included — during the second quarter of 2014.

It was never, and it will never be our goal to create products to satisfy a certain price point. Our idea is to create the best possible product, period. We will never pursue specs that only look good on paper, nor will we design useless features that add little value to daily life. Instead, we choose to focus on what actually matters, creating the ultimate day to day experience. This is how we return to customer value.”

How do you think the OnePlus One will fare against leading smartphones like the Google Nexus 5, Apple iPhone 5S, HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5? Let us know in the comments section below!

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