Will The Low Cost OnePlus One Really Kill £500 Phones?

Last week, ‘OnePlus’ released their new flagship phone the ‘One’ at a ridiculously low price point of only £220 ($299). The low price may already sound appealing, but when you hear the specs you’ll want one even more. It comes with a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and a whopping 5.5 inch 1080p panel for your viewing pleasure. Surely, for that price there has to be a trade off somewhere?

Well, actually getting your hands on the phone is very tricky. At launch, they are selling just 100 units… I suppose this is due to ‘OnePlus’ being a sub portion of the Chinese brand ‘Oppo’ because of this, they simply must not be able to produce enough phones to cope with demand. They will become more widely available soon after the 100 unit launch, which makes me very tempted to try and pick one up!

Its main rival, if you consider price, is the Google Nexus 5. Personally, I’d rather have the Nexus. Only reason for this is the stability of stock android over Cyanogenmod 11, as well as the almost instant software updates I have received by owning the Nexus. Something I’d love to see with the ‘One’ is wider availability; and if this happens I can truly see people moving away from their more expensive handsets.

We’ll just have to wait and see if this gem of a phone catches on.

 

Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/big-specs-small-cost-is-the-oneplus-one-the-ultimate-smartphone–1247209?src=rss&attr=all

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