The OnePlus One is supposedly a giant-killer of a smartphone – and it’s hard to get hold of
So the Iphone 6 came along and gave you performance envy, and the Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6 made you come over all ‘Why the f**k don’t I have one?’. Just to make you feel worse, feast your envious eyes on this, the OnePlus One. It’s widely regarded to be the best Android phone in the world, it comes at a price that’ll make your eyes water (in a good way) – and you’ll have to literally beg in order to buy one. Feeling better yet?
In terms of build and design, this phone is very similar to the Oppo Find 7 – which isn’t surprising, since the company was set up by a bunch of ex-Oppo employees. As far as specs go, the OnePlus One has it all: a 5.5-inch, 401 PPI full HD screen, a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front camera, a 3100 mAh battery and up to 64GB of storage. The phone runs on CyanogenMod, which is a version of Android that is highly customisable; good news for all those who like to set up their phones just so. The money shot is, well, its price – a 64GB version costs just $349, or about Rs 21,000.
The bad news is that you can’t just rock up to a store and buy one, or even order it online. You have to register on www.oneplus.net and then receive an invitation from the company itself, or from someone who’s bought one. On the 27th of this month, OnePlus is being nice and offering the phone for sale to non-invitees – for an hour, between 3 and 4pm IST. And it’s not officially available in India yet, so you’ll have to ask someone to bring it over from the USA, if you get lucky. We’re not certain why such a vast amount of penis-teasing is required just to buy a phone, but we’ll probably get in line anyway…