By Stephen Schenck | January 23, 2014 10:55 AM
Two weeks ago, back during the CES, we finally learned what was going on with Cyanogen Inc.’s plan to have a manufacturer release a pure CyanogenMod smartphone – rather than the reflashable Oppo N1. The phone would come from new manufacturer OnePlus, spun off by a former Oppo employee. The handset – the OnePlus One – was said to be on-schedule for a launch sometime during the first half of the year. This week, OnePlus has been posting a series of short messages to Facebook, and in doing so has revealed a few hardware details, as well as some new aspects to the One’s launch.
Some of the talk is unhelpfully vague – there are mentions of “the best components” and “flagship specs,” but with little in the way of specifics. On the other hand, where details are available, we’re liking what we see: like nine-band LTE support, hitting bands 1/3/4/7/17/38/39/40/41.
As for that launch, we’re closing-in on the details. Before we heard just a general first-half 2014 target, but now the company says that the “OnePlus One will see international availability in the second quarter of 2014.” Might some nations still get access to the phone before others? Perhaps, but at least now we have this solid April-May-June window to focus on as we look for even finer-grained specifics.
OnePlus has a lot of proving to do before we can say whether or not this upstart has a chance at releasing a big hit, but we would absolutely love to see this phone live up to the hype.