OnePlus One Price, Complete Specs, Features, Release Date : Join Smash Your Smartphone Promo and Get One For Just $1

After months of build-up via tidbits of information fed to tech blogs and websites, OnePlus has finally announced the official suggested retail price and release date of their maiden release, the OnePlus One!

Wait. OnePlus, what?! OnePlus was founded just last December 2013 by Mr. Pete Lau, who was previously the Vice President of Shenzhen-based handset maker, OPPO. While OnePlus has consistently stated that it is an independent start-up company, it was revealed earlier this month by the Shenzhen Municipal Market Supervisory Authority (SIPO) that OnePlus is actually just a wholly owned subsidiary of Oppo Electronics. As of 27th April 2014, however, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau maintains that OnePlus is completely independent of OPPO.

OnePlus Smartphone, OnePlus One

OnePlus One : What's So Hot About It, Anyway? Dubbed as the "2014 Flagship Killer", the One was designed and crafted in such a way that it should be able to beat and surpass the capabilities and features of this year's popular top-of-the-line releases from electronics giants including Apple, Samsung, LG, Nokia, HTC, and Sony.

To accomplish that, LTE-capable OnePlus One has been equipped with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS OGS display panel, 13 MegaPixel main camera with LED flash, Sony Exmor IMX214 sensor, f/2.0 Aperture, and 6 physical lenses, 5 MegaPixel front cam with wide-angle lens for better selfies, UltraHD 30fps video recorder, and a rather large non-removable 3,100 mAh Li-Ion battery pack.

Inside its magnesium alloy shell, the One runs its rooted Android 4.4.2 KitKat based Cyanogenmod operating system with Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, handles multitasking with 3GB of RAM, and has 16 or 64 GB of non-expandable internal storage. If you ask me, had it come with a microSD card slot for beefing up storage, it would have totally slayed some of its major competitors.

OnePlus Smartphone, OnePlus One

Other exciting features of the handset include voice recognition, noise cancellation when making a call or recording video, gesture control (for instance, tap twice and your screen will come to life, or draw a simple image on the sleeping screen to launch your preferred app), and choice between three capacitive keys at the bottom of the screen for navigating the user interface or the on-screen virtual buttons.

TP Friends, OnePlus will become available in several territories around the world (hopefully, including the Philippines either via online sellers or Oppo) around mid-May 2014. The official price tag of the 16 GB Silk White variant is $299 while 64 GB Sandstone Black will sell for $349.

Wanna Get OnePlus One for just $1? Join Smash The Past Promo!

To reinforce the company's vision of eclipsing all flagship smartphones currently available, OnePlus launched a promo allowing consumers to own the One for only $1 simply by smashing their top-of-the-line handset (Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, etc.) using a variety of gruesome techniques (Blender, Hammer, Screwdriver, etc.) and sharing the smash video on Youtube.

To join, simply follow this 3 step process:

1. Apply First! Don't smash your phone just yet! Fill out the application form here and send it in.
2. Stand Out - One Plus will choose 100 applicants to be their smashers. Don't destroy your phone unless you've already been chosen to participate in the promo.
3. Smash and Share - Share a video of your smash on YouTube and the OnePlus One will be yours!

Each chosen participant will receive a 16 GB Silk White OnePlus One + 3 more invites to purchase the OnePlus One.

According to OnePlus, "Never Settle. Now that the OnePlus One has arrived, you don't have to anymore. Don't settle for useless features, grainy pictures, or exorbitant prices. Get rid of the past, it's time to smash it. 100 of you will be the world's first owners of the OnePlus One - all you have to do is to smash the phone you currently have."

Applications are limited to persons above the age of 18 who are residents of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States. Applicants must have a valid email address and mailing address within one of the countries listed above. Applicants may only apply once. Unfortunately, the Philippines is not included in the promo. But if you're Filipino and you're currently residing in one of the above-mentioned countries, then feel free to join.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name OnePlus One
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 162 grams
Available Colors Silk White, Sandstone Black
Operating System Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean based Cyanogenmod
Display 5.5 inches (~401 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset
Internal Storage 16 and 64 GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash,
Front: 5 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Main: UltraHD 2160p @ 30fps, Full HD 1080p @ 60fps, HD 720p @ 120fps, video stabilization, HDR
Front: 1080p (to be confirmed)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV player
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, USB Host, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE LTE 700 / 1700 / 2600 / 2300 / 2100 / 1800
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX214 Camera with f/2.0 Aperture and 6 physical lenses, Front Cam wide-angle lens, Cyanogenmod OS
Announcement January 2014
Availability Worldwide: April 2014
Price Official: 16 GB Silk White - $299
64 GB Sandstone Black - $349