This year alone, there were a whopping 15 new Asian smartphone makers emerging from nowhere with a single mission of crushing Samsung, and hopefully Apple. So far, they have successfully make Samsung run for its money. These makers are from China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia. The most successful of them all is of course, China-manufactured Xiaomi, which becomes the world’s third biggest smartphone maker.
Besides Lenovo, Huawei and Xiaomi, other brands from China which you may or may not have heard of are Oppo, Coolpad and OnePlus. Inspired by Xiaomi business model of selling only through online, OnePlus is China’s newest kid on the block, dancing its way onto the scene in May this year. While copying Xiaomi’s way of selling via online, OnePlus decided that it won’t simply sell to anybody.
Playing hard to get, OnePlus can only be purchased if you have an invitation. Just like getting an invitation from an existing privilege club member before you can be considered into the club itself, China brand OnePlus plays the same game here. You would need to receive an invite from someone who already owns OnePlus phone before you can buy their phone, often considered as one of the best Android smartphones in the world.
Surprisingly, OnePlus phone looks elegant, feels solid and performs smoothly, and it doesn’t show any signs that it’s a first-generation product from an unknown company. Their flagship – OnePlus One – is regarded as an Android phone better than Google’s own Nexus 5 in nearly every corner. Thanks to its highly configurable CyanogenMod OS that stays very close to the original Android, One Plus One is very close to a perfect Android phone.
OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD screen; 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor; 3GB RAM; 13MP back camera and a 5MP front one; Android 4.4 – and it costs only US$299 for 16-GB (silk white colour) and US$349 for 64-GB (sandstone black colour). That’s the latest offer from OnePlus for the next 72-hours, courtesy for Black Friday, “without” an invite. That’s one super cheap phone which comes with 401 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
For US$300 without contract, you simply can’t find any other phones which come close to OnePlus One. Unless you don’t like holding phones bigger than a Galaxy S5 or Nexus 5, there’s no reason to hate OnePlus One. Without doubt, techies and users who love the freedom to customize as much as possible, OnePlus One’s CyanogenMod OS is the only reason to own this gadget.
But there’s only one catch – OnePlus One is currently only available in 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US.
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