OnePlus One Smartphone

Is paying a few hundred bucks up front plus $50+ every month – if you’re lucky – for a smartphone worth it? Debatably. Regardless, other options (apart from Google’s) have been rather limited. And by any means, OnePlus’ foray into the high-end smartphone market is a welcome. Hardware wise, the One is on par with other flagship models, packing a 1080p 5.5-inch Touch On Lens display, 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a stellar 13 megapixel Sony Exmor camera (that shoots 4K video and fantastic low-light photos), plus a 3,100mAh LiPo battery to keep it running all day long. Customize yours inside and out thanks to its Android-based CyanogenMod OS and swappable rear covers, which include kevlar and bamboo options. And we’ve barely scratched the surface.

Coming Q2 2014. Visit OnePlus for deets – $300 to $350 (no contract)