OnePlus One already scores itself an upgrade: going with Snapdragon 801 after all?
For the past few weeks now, OnePlus has been filling us in on some of the specifics behind its upcoming CyanogenMod-running One smartphone. A lot of that has sounded really good, like the swappable backplates made of a variety of interesting materials, or the 13-megapixel Sony Exmor camera. Really, if there’s just one spec we were a little less than impressed with, it was the decision to go with a Snapdragon 800 SoC. Granted, the 800 is still an absolutely fantastic chip, but it’s also last year’s design – and if we’re talking about a 2014 flagship, we’d sure like to see a slightly more recent processor. Well, while we haven’t heard an official retraction of that 800 announcement, a new image OnePlus just put up on its Facebook page sure has it looking like the company has decided to bump things up a little, and go with a Snapdragon 801 after all.
Again, the 800 would have been a perfectly fine SoC, but the 801 is all that and a bag of chips. Earlier, OnePlus framed its decision to go with the 800 as one that hinged among other things on availability – that if the company wanted to put a newer chip in the One, that it might miss its goal of a Q2 release.
Assuming this new One teaser is accurate, we’d assume that means that OnePlus finally managed to secure these new Snapdragons in sufficient quantities to meet expected demand.