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OnePlus One phone: 5 things you need to know

OnePlus One phone: 5 things you need to know

Yesterday saw the unveiling of a new smartphone called the OnePlus One in Beijing. So far, so what, right?

But wait a minute. This handset has top-end specifications – including a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and 3GB of RAM – and yet costs less than a Nexus 5.

Oh, and it comes in a denim jacket too, so Status Quo fans can accessorise it with their outfits.

So what else makes this smartie stand out? Read on for everything you need to know...

1 It's no slouch in the specs stakes

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Not only is the OnePlus One big – with a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen – it also packs some killer specs.

It has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), which means it will absolutely fly through menus and chomp through games, movies, and anything else you can throw at it.

Inside is 3GB of RAM – which makes it as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – 4G and Bluetooth 4.0, and on the back sits a 13-megapixel camera. Not too shabby at all, no?

It also has stereo speakers on the bottom and it’s only a little bigger than the Nexus 5.

2 It’s cheap

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Despite these top-end specs, the OnePlus One is eminently wallet-friendly. The 16GB version will sell for just £229, while the 64GB model will cost £269.

That’s less than the Nexus 5, and under half what you’d pay for an iPhone 5S. Which makes it a very tempting prospect indeed.

3 It comes in a range of finishes

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Us Brits may have missed out on Motorola’s Moto Maker software that let punters design their own Moto X using a range of materials, but the OnePlus One has got us covered.

The handset will come in a range of covers and finishes, including bamboo, wood, Kevlar, and even denim. That’s right, denim. Hopefully not stonewash though.

Or you can opt for a plain old white or black finish, if you like.

4 It runs Cyanogen Mod

oneplus one cyanogen mod

Now, the software. It runs a new version of the Cyanogenmod operating system, called Cyanogenmod 11, which is based on Android.

This means the device will be more open to tinkering, so you can overclock the CPU, for example.

It also enables a host of other features not permitted by Android, including FLAC audio codec support, soft buttons, and app permissions management.

In other words, hardcore Android fans are going to have a field day.

5 It’s coming to the UK

There’s no exact release date set yet, but the handset should be available “starting Q2”, which the sharp-witted among you will note is around now.

It’s not available to buy on its website yet, but it is definitely coming to the UK, the company behind it confirmed in a tweet [].

You’ll need an invite to be able to buy, though, so keep your eyes peeled. And if you get one, pass one our way, please.

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