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article imageOnePlus One smartphone may give Nexus 5 a run for its money

By Milton Este     Apr 23, 2014 in Technology
A smartphone company started only last year has its eyes set on the Nexus 5. OnePlus, a China based company, will be announcing its first Android smartphone, the OnePlus One.
The OnePlus One flagship smartphone will be sold at $299 just shy under Google's Nexus 5 $349 price. The OnePlus One seeks to compete with high end smartphone manufacturers including Apple, Samsung and HTC giving the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 a run for their money.
The One will ship with CyanogenMod, a version of Android 4.4 that has been modified by the open source community, which boasts similar stock Android feel, but with more security such as encryption. It does have a few features up its sleeves including Voice Wakeup and on-screen gestures.
In terms of specifications, the One will feature a 5.5 inch Gorilla Glass 3 touch screen. Although battery estimates were not given, the One is pushing a 3,100 mAh battery. The smartphone will not support microSD cards, but will come in a smaller 16 GB storage and a power user 64 GB storage. It seeks to reduce charge time with its USB 3.0 and QuickCharge 2.0. It will come in two interchangeable color variations. Owners can select and change between the black and white back plates.
Under the back plates, the One is packing a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP back camera, 5 MP wide-angle front camera. The One will not be sold through carriers, but on their website instead. This could pose potential problems for some eager buyers in terms matching compatible carrier service.
OnePlus said it will sell its 16 GB version for $299 and $349 for its 64 GB version. The phone will be available through an invite program. It will first be available to 100 people and then more will have an opportunity to purchase the device through invitation.
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