OnePlus One may arrive with aluminum unibody construction


OnePlus has been pretty generous with revealing details of its One CyanongenMod-running Android, and so far this week we’ve learned about the phone’s display, as well as some Touchless-Control-like voice support. While that’s all been official stuff, straight from the company to us, today we switch things up and venture out into rumor territory, checking out the leak above which may just tell us a few things about the phone’s design.

BGR got its hands on this sketch from a “trusted source,” and the notations within reveal an aluminum unibody, highlighted by a few touches of polycarbonate – likely in an effort to add a splash of color. The company’s logo should be in plastic on the back, below what looks like a dual flash arrangement for the main camera.

Up front there’s mention of a “TP lens.” BGR theorizes that this could be connected to the touch-on-lens tech confirmed for the phone’s screen, but then what’s the “P” for? Our thoughts first went to “thermoplastic lens,” presumably for the front-facing camera, but that doesn’t sound like a very premium component, nor one worth noting on a sketch like this; for the moment, it’s a mystery.

We should also keep in mind that we don’t know how old this sketch may be, nor if the design might have shifted since it was made – and considering how many issues can come up during development, there’s no telling how many adjustments may have subsequently been necessary. And lacking visible volume controls or anything like a SIM tray, this sketch comes up short of being complete. Still, if this is at least close to the final look, we’d say that OnePlus has something good on its hands here.

Source: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!