Most of us are familiar with the form factor, the resolution and chipset, but not many of us have actually held a OnePlus One in our hands.
This is a disappointing truth.
We’ve all here had our taste of CyanogenMod.
Third party retailers aside, OnePlus has sold well over 1 million units. While one million units sold is exceptional, relative to the amount of global smartphone users, these numbers are small potatoes. This is due in part to OnePlus’ invitation system. While from a certain standpoint it makes absolute sense; why make 10 million phones when we will only sell 1 million? Sadly, the concept mentioned above kept the device out of the hands of millions of prospective and eager users, users who just weren’t comfortable shelling out upwards of $450 for a third party (presumably refurbished) or used OnePlus.
Albeit cost effective, their success has been to the dismay of countless. Yours truly included.
The smartphone industry is not easily penetrated. With players like HTC, Samsung, Sony and LG at the Global helm, newcomers with little to no reputation and anything short of a few million dollars don’t stand a chance. In this case, however, there may be hope for OnePlus.
OnePlus is a start up company founded by Pete Lau, former president of Oppo. OnePlus’ slogan “Never Settle” refers to Pete’s very own vision. His hopes are that users will never settle for lower quality devices, devices produced by the likes of his Chinese competitors, Xiaomi and Blu.
I’ve only ever recently heard great things about Xiaomi. So Pete may need to step his companies game and production up.
Blu, on the other hand, I believe are just that, low quality, Samsung knock off devices. No further comment necessary.
With recent controversy the Future of OnePlus hangs in the balance. The demand is well in place, they surely have the financial means for production and all the world eagerly awaits the OnePlus 2.
I guess now all they need is an OS.
Without getting too much into it, Cyanogen seems to have used loose leaf legality and sold rights to the Indian based Micromax, allowing them to distribute their devices with Cyanogen on board.
OnePlus said oh hell nah. And I couldn’t agree more.
Doing some research over night, I found that Steve Kondick was quoted saying something along the lines of Cyanogen inc. Is still venture funded, and we aren’t making any money.
Poor man must be piss poor.
So to make a quick buck he sold some rights to Micromax.
OnePlus swears up and down they had exclusive rights, and Cyanogen swears up and down they didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings.
In my personal opinion, someone just got greedy. Whatever
Enough of that mess. Trust me, its a head ache.
As stated before, the future of OnePlus hangs in the balance since their recent break up with Cyanogen, and presumably once an OS is in place, production of the OnePlus 2 will commence or resume.
OxygenOS to the rescue!
OnePlus has recently adopted their own flavor of Android dubbed OxygenOs. Pretty catchy name if you ask me. Rolls off the tongue. Unlike CyanogenMod 11s.
Early teaser videos of OOS have been released and peoples panties are all in a bunch. Me, I’m just waiting to see whether or not I’ll be able to go online and buy the damn thing hassle free. I could care less what software is on board cause chances are it won’t be there long when and if I get my eager and flash happy hands on it.
There is a demand for OnePlus devices, so I see no need for invites only. If they lack the funding to produce 5 million phones then set up a preorder system. People will buy into that. Maybe even more so knowing they’re device is fresh off the manufacturing floor.
As far as pricing and specs are concerned, I expect top tier mechanics at US $350-$400. Snapdragon 810, 4 gigs of ram, 5.5″ display, QHD, 3000-33000 mAh power supply, 20 megapixel shooter and so forth. My suggestion would be to keep the display resolution at a cool 1080p thus providing the user with maximum battery life. But I highly doubt that. QHD is the new standard.
It’s only now a matter of when the device will be unveiled. It’s been postponed once already due in part to Cyanogen’s shenanigans (sweet rhyme. Now say it 10 times, fast) but with OxygenOs in place, I think we could see a new device by mid to late summer.
Anyone out there a proud owner of a OnePlus? Are you waiting for their next device? Any comments on the recent spat between Cyanogen, OnePlus and Micromax? Voice your opinions in the comment section below!
Posted By A Living, Breathing, Android Enthusiast.