OnePlus One teases specs on par with Xperia Z2 for half the price

by XB on 15th April 2014

in Xperia Z2

OnePlus logoOnePlus is a new start-up company formed late last year by Pete Lau (who used to run Oppo’s Blu-ray division). Lau’s mantra is to shake up the mobile industry: “Looking at the smartphone market right now, I see a lot of wannabes but few truly outstanding products fit for the demanding consumer. That’s what I want to address with OnePlus.”

The OnePlus One is Lau’s response to that dream and whilst the formal launch is not taking place until Wednesday 23 April 2014, the company has been teasing specs for a while. Yesterday, OnePlus put up a spec comparison against the Xperia Z2 highlighting that, on the face of it at least, the OnePlus One offers similar specs for only half the price of the Xperia Z2.

OnePlus One versus Xperia Z2

The Oneplus One will feature a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset (MSM8974-AC), 3GB RAM, 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display and 13MP Sony Exmor (IMX214) camera with 6 lens f/2.0 aperture capable of 4K and 720p 120fps video. Other features include a 3100mAh sealed battery, 5MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers and 16/64GB storage capacity options.

Oneplus teamed up with CyanogenMod quite early on, which means that the OnePlus One will be running CyanogenMod 11S (a customised version of CM11). The phone will receive 2 year CyanogenMod support.

Whilst the design of the OnePlus One remains a mystery so far, the company is promising a premium design. Despite the 5.5-inch sized display, the OnePlus One is expected to be smaller than the 5-inch Xperia Z1.

Obviously, there are a few things left out in OnePlus’ spec comparison including water resistance and micro SD memory card slot compatibility. Despite this, there’s no denying that the OnePlus One is an ambitious project that we’ll be keeping an eye on when it launches next week.

OnePlus launch 23rd April

  • kirakira

    unfortunately, they can’t be on par with the brand name. even oppo can’t.

  • rzero21

    Well, if there are companies aiming to compete against Z1/Z2 phones, that means Sony is being noticed by the world =)

  • Arthur Simon

    Awesome to see companies compare their phones to Sony and not always Samsung or Apple ;)

  • Kacho_ON

    The 1+1 isn’t waterproof, doesn’t have front facing speakers (they’re side facing) and doesn’t support LTE Band 20 (800mHz) spectrum

  • Giannikosmo

    Now Sony has one of the best smartphones in the world!!

  • DC.

    Don’t care.

  • So they mean to say that the best phone does not support microsd storage, and is not water-resistant.

  • hansip

    But the difference is in details, Sony details, ain’t that RIIIGGGHHHTTT?

  • Fixery Foex

    Okay. I mightn’t bother to look at this phone, given that I have to pay $400 for using it for a year or less, and then pay another $400, while if I buy Xperia Z2 I’ll be using it for the next over 2 years :)

  • harrold

    it just hasnt been confirmed abt the micro sd :p but hey nobody is better than sony :DD

  • Sadab Khan

    Sony should have launched the z2 back in February as they launched xperia z last year. Z2 market availability is very very low n it’s very pricy. Sony should not have changed the winning formula

  • harrold

    umm. then u dont have to read the comment. we’re all xperia fans here except for the trollers (you) and Kacho_ON was just talking about how to oneplus is worse than the Z2.

  • vin

    the price quite tempting.. might consider trade my z for this one XD

  • Ray

    But did they provide good ecosystem like sony?

  • vigneshprince

    wtf! this is Sony dude! the great company! cant be compared with silly companies

  • Ray

    Those company comparing themselves with other brand just has no class at all. Stay classy sony.

  • popopopo

    Massive fanboys here. Pathetic community.

  • kirakira

    yeah after years of attempts…. but they find it hard to put in on the market

  • lovebmw

    But we must admit SONY is expansive, and other companies are focusing on what SONY does not do best which is pricing and release dates.

  • ahomad hosin

    why didn’t they take picture of the whole Z1, or could the 1+1 be longer from the other end ;), just saying

  • Timbo1

    too bad the One + comes with CyanogenMod out of the box. Have to wait and see what they did with the ROM to differentiate it from basic Cyanogen and what others have done to it.

  • Carljn

    Not waterproof, we don’t know anything about design or thickness, all(?) parts bought from other OEMs minimising R&D but also minimising innovation, and what sort of support will they give with so little experience pushing updates as a team.
    I’m not surprised by the price, but I’ll be surprised if this amounts to anything but some internet hype..

  • Rikimaru

    Haha that nice to see HTC tackle concurrence, but If they purpose a good price with the One +
    How about the M8 who is just a bit different….

  • JHMBB2

    I think a 5.5 inch screen is subjective as to whether or not it’s a + or not. Interested but don’t think i’d ever switch.

  • Sumo

    While it’s good to see new competition, but why are they only comparing it to a SONY phone instead of others? Samsunk has the most shares in the Android market, so why don’t they pit their own phone against the Galaxy Ass 5 as well?

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    maybe I’ll switch to it as I got bored with Sony for fucking delay. I’ve made a pre-order for Z2 on 25 February from Germany and that time Sony said it will be delivered on start of April (ANFANG APRIL). but it is middle of April, still no information about delivery while S5 and M8 have become available in due time. Even fucking Sony hasn’t told me SORRY for the delay. they are delaying silently which is not acceptable in German culture as it cannot be done by any polite man. they should have said SORRY at least. but I am still waiting only for my weakness to Sony. I am a fucking fan (though it’s getting lower) of Sony. I had Xperia Z, Z1, Tablet Z(still now). I have Sony TV W9. almost our house is Sony house. But waiting for Z2, I got bored with Sony. I’ll wait until OPPO find 7 release, if Sony cannot deliver my Z2 before OPPO f7, then I’ll surely cancel my pre-order. though I am a crazzy fan of Sony, I am starting to hate it for it’s lie and cheating.
    now I think dialogue of:
    make.believe>>>make believe (full stop is getting omitted and new meaning coming (according to dictionary, Make believe= cheat))

  • adecvat

    No, that means Sony is being most overpriced in the world :)

  • adecvat

    Z2 will be actual only for 6 months.

  • Timbo1

    along with Samsung.

  • rikimaru

    They did same with Samsung S5 ;)

  • OneToRuleThemAll

    You are talking about Japan and their culture, so don’t go all uberdeutschland with your politness. It’s a gadget, no need for calling out other nations…

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    i think i said nothing about nations. try to figure out the point and then comment pliz. if you cannot keep your commitment, you should say sorry, shouldn’t you?

  • roeshak

    Well it must be said, the brand names really need to take account of what the up and coming manufactures are doing. The one plus one has some killer specs and for that price, it’s bound to get noticed by many. Also if it is in fact smaller than the z1 with a 5.5 inch display then that really makes an impact. Definitely one to look out for and so too should the likes of Sony, Samsung, HTC and LG. Their devices are becoming rather alarmingly expensive and this new Chinese manufacturer puts them all to shame. Having said that, considering the spec sheet, you do have to wonder how they’ll turn a profit at that price because if they do, then it just shows up the big brands to be nothing but greedy flipping devils

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    though it has been told smaller than Z1, it is not smaller indeed. but comparatively smaller just. compare the both devices at any website like and see the dimensions.

  • James Earley

    Let’s see what the software and hardware are like before we get too excited, it would be tough to beat Sony on either

  • Md Olyullah Akand

    maybe now Z2 has been released in Germany as is showing Z2 as a new product instead of *coming soon(in kurze verfügbar). but also it is showing OUT of Stock. but for Tablet Z2 (LTE) has Buy Now (Jetzt Kaufen) option. So I think both of them have been released in Germany….:-)

  • theskig

    700 dollars -> 400 dollars
    700 euro -> 350 euro


  • Alfino Setya

    Probably, it will be the next Samsung in this case the way they promoted their smartphone by bashing and comparing with other brand. Not only Sony but LG, HTC and even Samsung already bashed by this newcomer. Remaining Apple, now.

  • Colby Leong

    One Plus looks like a very promising device, but specs are really just talk, let’s see if they can really compete with the Bug Three flagships of 2014 thus far.

  • sanyam jain

    One plus one you are posting the price point of your devices do you run you operations in more than 100 countries?
    How will they give salary to their costumer care are new in this business…so dont compare with the brand which is there from the starting of the era of mobile phones

  • sanyam jain

    But I want a same display tech by will kill amoled n super lcd…hope so…

  • ewrewr

    Sony makes premium phones with genuine software. I’m really excited about this OnePlus phone. But let’s be honest: OnePlus? Really? I mean, aren’t there other names to call yourself as a company? The name sounds like a low-cost company. Plus their software is Cynagonmod, which most people don’t prefer as it’s way to stock (with some extra features). Nevertheless, some competition wouldn’t harm any company. Let the race begin!

  • hocestquisumus

    Well, the internal components look fine. But they’ll have to save the money somewhere, especially since they are not a company that has huge leverage with suppliers.

    Since they are advertising swappable covers I’m imagining a cheap plastic affair there (with expensive ‘upgrades’). I’m also guessing some not-so-obvious internal details will fall prey to the low cost. Like, sound quality (which is important to me). Also, if they are building a 5.5” screen in a phone smaller than the Z1 it will be pretty much without bezels. That would be a first and screams problems.

    Other than that, they will sell this thing at a loss. But of course I’d love nothing more than to be proven wrong and they can force the big boys to lower prices. Google couldn’t with the Nexus line but they rely on Play sales to make their money back. Maybe the Cyanogen phone can. I really like their firmware so I’d really like them to succeed.

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  • Fixery Foex

    I’m talking about long-term usage, not the cycle of phones :D

  • [A]dri[A]n

    “No extra logo on front” Lololol best part of that comparison Hahaha

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  • [A]dri[A]n

    The Z2 doesn’t have front facing speakers either Lol And not everyone cares for a waterproof phone. Especially when it’s half the price.

  • thepanttherlady

    When did Sony remove the front facing speakers from the Z2???

  • rikimaru


  • OneToRuleThemAll

    You made pretty clear that germans wouldn’t tolarate such behavior. So yes, you were talking about every other nation, in this case Japan. Grow up, your device will arrive sooner or later, everybody’s in the same spot…

  • Kaloyskie

    I remember back when I just bought my Acro S. An office colleague said he just bought a 5′ gorilla glass phone with same specs as that of S3 for just 1/3 the price of my phone (Cherry Titan was it). He bragged about it all the time. When he borrowed my phone to watch a movie he copied, I told him the movie is 1080p. He said in a very soft tone of voice

    “Very sharp picture and very clear sound.”

    I just laughed so hard from the inside. 3 mos later, he said phone is useless as it got broken qhen it fell from his desk. I told him my phone fell several times and only scratches on the sides.

    IMO, there are a lot of phones released by new companies claiming they can par with big companies, in this case, One+ against Sony, but they lack durability, high quality materials, software support and the likes. — Things you need to consider before deciding to buy them.

    Next month Z2 will be released in my country and I have decided to buy one. It’s been more than a year and I think I need to make my Acro S a back up phone.

  • Alberto Cano

    I call “vaporware”…Can they really make a phone with those specs and not loose money by selling it at such a low price?

  • Afnan Muhammad

    No sd card slot is big flaw for me. My song alone around 9gb.

  • Hanzubou

    well… judging from your statements, to Love Sony you must have great patience, and maybe being wasteful,besides Sony must have their own reasons for not apologizing whether it’s only trivial things

  • Shravan SP

    Not to mention that da 16gb version would be $400 and da 64gb would be $800 with no SD card feature, more like apple :P

  • Berg

    I guess you don’t have front facing eyes if you can’t see that the Z2 has front facing speakers..

  • Akuma

    Hahahaha Oneplus One sure knows how to shine…Sony what are u gonna do?infact im gonna replace my Xperia T with this phone hahaha

  • Zerousen

    It sounds like you are bothered by his statement, meaning that if he was trying to be a troll, than it worked. Honestly, I consider myself a fan of Xperia devices as well, owned an X10, an S, and now a Z1, however, I am not as biased as to accuse somebody of being a troll for stating their own opinion.

  • Zerousen

    Don’t forget though, that the M8 has microSD. Personally, I really like the HTC One, at least for the build quality. If I didn’t already have a Z1, I wouldn’t mind switching to the M8, and as for the logo on the front, as unnecessary as it is, I don’t think it’d bother me all that much anyways.

  • Zerousen

    Really? It’s pretty much the go to ROM for those who want stock, but don’t want it to be too plain. If my Z1 bootloader wasn’t locked, I’d gladly flash Cyanogenmod.

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  • Shawn Michael Delos Santos

    16GB memory ?
    actually z2 has maximum of 128GB memory..

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