Tech Review: The Flagship Killer

The Flagship Killer

It may not be math class but one plus one is something that catches the headlines. The OnePlus company was founded on 16 December 2013 by former Oppo executives with its main goal to design a smartphone that would balance high-end quality with a lower price than other phones in its class, believing that users would “never settle”, as their motto states, for the lower-quality devices produced by other companies in their targeted price range.

Wielding their original flagship, the ‘One’, gives a pleasant sensation mostly due to the smooth performance of “stock android” in the guise of Cyanogenmod and their own proprietary Oxygen OS backed by four blazing cores of the Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 GHz along with 3GB of RAM. The 5.5 inch 1080p LCD display with a mind-blowing pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch bright enough to impress even the pickiest person, and being protected by Gorilla Glass 3, it stands strong in the bumps and drops of busy life. The camera department has its own specs to boast, showing off a 13 megapixel camera on the rear with no unsightly bumps (**ahem** iPhone 6 users) and a front facing 5 megapixel camera, the photos produced are as lively and vivid as ever, posing a threat to modern flagships and with 64GB of storage, you could never run out of space for photos.

With those specs, moreover, the One can be compared to flagships of 2014 with ease, and its main competition are the Galaxy S5, LG G3, iPhone 6 and HTC One M8. But… there is one feature of the One that is unmatched by its gorgeously adorned, heavily marketed and gaudy rivals, its US $299 price tag which roughly translates to 24000 Taka in Bangladesh. Specs of the Galaxy S5 in US $299 seems unbelievable, but a generous company has finally done it without sacrificing any bells and whistles.

However like all others, the One too has some disadvantages, as you may already know or have noticed, it features no microSD slot, so you’re badly stuck with the 64GB space you get with it. Furthermore, it also lacks a removable battery, which, although its presence is diminishing in the modern world, turns away many heads who don’t always have chargers at hand. Yet the One does live up to its motto, well that’s what I feel, and with the release of the Two, its availability in open markets have increased exponentially and you could grab one right now, maybe at a better bargain.

* Shadman Shakib (Class XI, Section Orange)

29th August 2015