The OnePlus employees seemed a little annoyed when I asked how they felt about people comparing its new device to an iPhone. Sure, both phones feature dual camera designs. Yes, the OnePlus 5 has curves that look a lot like an Apple product. Ugh, fine, it’s a really good phone, too. What’s the big deal?
We’re living in the age of cheap flagship smartphones. Sure, the big guys like Samsung, Apple, and Google are all selling phones that start at $650, but a growing number of companies (usually from China) are hitting the US market with high-quality phones with dazzling specs and low prices.
“What’s the best smartphone?” It’s a question I hear at least once or twice a month.
All the fallout surrounding Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union is still being sorted out. But a brand new piece of bad news for Brits is that OnePlus’ new phone, the surprisingly great OnePlus 3, may get a price hike in the UK. Not because of any strong EU bias or anything, but because the British…
In 2014, OnePlus arrived out of nowhere with a powerful idea: What if a phone could look good, be powerful, and not cost a crapload? The OnePlus One was a mic drop and the OnePlus 2 a successful sophomore follow-up, but the new 3 silences the haters—the OnePlus 3 is a “Flagship Killer” and at $400, with no more dumb…
When the OnePlus One appeared out of relative obscurity in 2014, its sparkling arrival came with one glaring flaw—invites. The phone was only available through an awkward system whereby you could sign up for an invite to purchase the phone at irregular intervals. The system was a flawed nightmare, but it was a…
When it came out earlier this year, we said that the OnePlus 2 is a great phone with an invite problem: you can only spend your money on OnePlus’s phone if you have an invite to do so. It’s a dumb system, and starting tomorrow, it will finally die.
The reversible USB-C cable and charger that OnePlus sells for its OnePlus 2 smartphone is very good at charging that particular phone. But as a Google engineer pointed out, it’s not up to spec for all USB-C devices.
All cables are not created equal: some will charge most efficiently, others might just fry your battery. Google Chromebook engineer and Caped Cable Crusader Benson Leung has been testing USB-C cables off Amazon, and it’s not just the no-brand products that have been failing.
When OnePlus founder and CEO Carl Pei first showed off the new X in our Manhattan office, I was impressed. Nice glass design, kind of a hybrid iPhone/Xperia look. The textbook definition of “premium.” But it’s really what he said next that got me.
I’m a big fan of cheap phones, an obsession that’s been well documented. I’ve tried the Moto G, Nexus 5, and OnePlus One, and have loved them all. I’m completely convinced that a great smartphone and an expensive smartphone are not mutually exclusive. The new $250 OnePlus X is proof.
If you’re the kind of lucky person who owns a USB-C enabled piece of electronica, listen up: OnePlus is selling its fantastic reversible USB-C cables for a song.
Even as Apple, Samsung, and Motorola are pounding out their latest flagship superphones, the OnePlus 2 is easily the most interesting handset hitting the market right now. It’s different: An ambitious, powerful phone that won’t set you back too much loot.
Just as OnePlus finally delivered the long-awaited (and long-rumored) OnePlus 2, the Chinese company’s co-founder Carl Pei let details slip on the OnePlus’ next smartphone. Strange thing? It’s coming this year, too.
Just 72 hours after its slightly strange virtual reality launch, the OnePlus 2 has already surpassed a million invite requests. That’s not bad for the self-styled David in the war against Goliath flagships: the Galaxy S6 Edge took nearly two weeks to rack up 5 million pre-orders. But if you haven’t jumped on the…
One year ago, the OnePlus One became the best off-contract smartphone you could buy. An unheard of Chinese company managed to deliver a high-quality Android handset for a crazy-low $300 price. Now, it looks like that awesomeness wasn’t a fluke. Behold: the OnePlus 2.
The OnePlus One dominated the cheap smartphone scene with a simple formula: flagship performance with a low price. For the second iteration, OnePlus isn’t fixing what ain’t broken.
When Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus launched the One back in 2013, it redefined what a budget smartphone could be. Now, we’ve got a glimpse of the follow-up device.
Thanks to short supply and finicky invite system, getting your hands on the (excellent) OnePlus One has always been a bit of a struggle. For the imminent arrival of the updated OnePlus Two, the company is overhauling its invite system, with much more stock on hand, and a long-overdue reservation list.