If you’d have asked anyone what the OnePlus One was just a couple weeks ago, they’d have told you two.
But it’s no longer the simplest maths equation in the book; the OnePlus One is looking like the surprise handset of 2014 and is being dubbed the ‘flagship killer’.
But what is the OnePlus One? Will it live up to the hype? How can you get it? We’re answering all of those questions for you right here.
Coming out of a small start-up company in China, the OnePlus One is the very first handset that has been made by the almost unheard of company in Asia, and it packs some awesome specs.
Featuring a 5.5” full HD touch screen, the OnePlus One offers up a supreme display. It packs in an astounding 401 pixels per inch, blowing away plenty of opposing handsets right off the bat.
Behind the screen, we’re introduced to a very friendly set of internal specs, starting off with a 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 801 chipset.
This is backed up by a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 3100mAh battery and 13 megapixel camera lens, giving the handset a truly premium spec list.
You’d imagine that with this kind of power under the hood, you’d be paying an arm and a leg to get your hands on it, but believe it or not, that simply isn’t the case.
For just £229, you can pick up the OnePlus One’s 16GB version, and for just £289, you can grab the 64GB variant.
No there isn’t a problem with your monitor or smartphone display, you read those prices correctly.
The OnePlus One costs less than half the average price for a flagship smartphone, without cheapening down the specs.
On top of this, the OnePlus One runs on the CyanogenMod version of Android, built by the operating systems’ tech savvy community.
This version of Android is designed to mix all of the best features from the system, with other features that can be found on other competing pieces of software, to offer up the best all-round performance possible.
All in all, the OnePlus One is looking like the breakout handset of 2014, sporting an unheard of price tag.
How will the OnePlus One do against the current flagship smartphones? Why not take a loot at our Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 flagship battle to find out?
This is where things get tricky. As OnePlus is such a small company, it can’t stock the OnePlus One in stores across the globe, meaning that a new sales strategy had to be implemented.
To pick up your very own handset, on release, you have to smash your current flagship phone.
Again, you read correctly, you have to smash up your previous smartphone to get your hands on this latest handset.
Don’t pull out your hammer just yet though, firstly, you have to register your interest in the handset online, and then tell OnePlus what phone you’re planning to destroy and tell them how you’re going to do it.
If you are one of the ‘lucky’ 100 selected smashers, you’ll be emailed a confirmation telling you that your phone will be on its way once you’ve successfully destroyed your previous handset and proven it to the lovely people at OnePlus.
You will also be given three ‘invites’ that you can pass on to anyone of your choice (probably eBay), for them to pick up the handset.
It’s also worth noting that if you smash your old handset, you’ll only need to pay $1 for the OnePlus One handset, whilst invitees will be expected to pay full price.
If you’re bored of your old phone then it’s definitely worth a shot!
If you don’t get selected, you haven’t lost anything, and if you do, you’re getting a new phone, as well as having some fun by smashing up your old handset.
The only thing we’ll say, is to make sure you’ve had a confirmation email first, otherwise you may end up with a smashed up smartphone with nothing to show for it.
Personally, we can’t wait for some of these insurance claims to hit the headlines…
Written by Luke Hatfield