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What is the OnePlus One phone? Best value HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone killer to go on sale in June

Marie Brewis | May 5, 2014
Chances are you've never heard of OnePlus, but this tech startup is about to take the smartphone market by storm. Its OnePlus One smartphone has killer features to rival the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 and other flagship Android devices, yet it costs less than half the price at a super-budget $299/€269/£229 (16GB model). That's better value than even the Motorola Moto G and Google Nexus 5. Plus, OnePlus has a brilliant PR campaign up its sleeve.

The OnePlus One phone, which weighs 162g and measures 152.9x75.9x8.9mm, supports dual-band Wi-Fi, including the very latest 802.11ac standard, Bluetooth 4, NFC, GPS and 4G LTE. There are built-in stereo speakers and a tri-microphone with noise cancellation.

We can look past the OnePlus One phone's lack of a memory card slot for storage expansion, given that the 64GB model is around half the price of Apple's £709 64GB iPhone 5s - the only other flagship smartphone you'll find with 64GB of storage as standard.

OnePlus claims its One smartphone boasts industry-leading design and superior build quality, with "subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised jet-black display". It looks great in the pictures, but we won't make any judgements until we've held the OnePlus One in our hands - keep an eye out for our OnePlus One phone review.

The OnePlus One will go onsale in June in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

WE WANT ONE.

 

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