See the evolution of a revolution that OnePlus brought!
OnePlus: Story of a smartphone company in the making!
Creating a smartphone brand these days from scratch is a task no one wants to do, but Carl Pei and Pete Lau, Founders of OnePlus thought differently. Almost four years in the making, they have created a smartphone brand that is loved by billions and owned by millions.
But do they deserve all the attention and love it’s getting from fans all over the world. We find out it in this post. Take a seat back and relax, hold your opinions till you finish reading this story.
Here’s a Timeline of a OnePlus Flagship Killer Phones Over the Years!
OnePlus One – April 2014
First, of its kind, OnePlus One brought the high-end specification to an affordable class of phones.
Introducing Cyanogen OS to the users as a pre-installed interface, it was the real disrupt-er during its time. Sporting a Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor, along with 3GB RAM and 16GB/64GB storage options. On the camera front, OP had the best camera specification available in 2014.
A 13 Megapixel rear sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, 4K Video, and HDR mode. People weren’t so obsessed with selfies back then. It came with a full HD resolution display, which was a 5.5-inch LCD display. Equipped with a 3100 mAh capacity battery that was claimed to easily last a day once fully charged.
What was OnePlus One Price in India?: Rs 21,999
Was it a VFM (Value for Money) Smartphone of 2014?: Yes. Offering a specification at such price was first in the industry. It was a game changer! And could be easily called as an industry disrupter.
OnePlus 2 – July 2015
Many would argue that OnePlus Two wasn’t an impressive iteration to OnePlus One.
And industry experts would agree on that. At first, you’d like what you see, but once you use it, you won’t. The main turn off was the high thermal temperature even when a device was not in use. It could be easily blamed to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, which lacked proper heating measures. With 1+ 2, there was an introduction of a reversible Type-C connector port for charging. Battery capacity was pushed to a 3300 mAh capacity.
Parting away their partnership with Cyanogen, they introduced their custom skin called Oxygen OS. In the optics department, several features like OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and laser autofocus were introduced. Multitasking saw a big improvement, thanks to the 4GB RAM on the 64GB storage variant. Screen size and resolution was same at 5.5-inches and 1080p, respectively.
What was OnePlus 2 Price in India?: Rs 22,999
Was it a VFM (Value for Money) Smartphone of 2015?: Probably could have been better, but got screwed by Qualcomm. Still was one of the best devices one could have owned in 2015.
OnePlus 3 – June 2016
The year was 2016 and OnePlus had a lot riding on as their old model was a failure among fans.
Big changes awaited OnePlus fans on the OnePlus 3. Whether you talk about display, performance, multitasking, photography, or battery life, there was so much improvement happening on this OnePlus mobile iteration. A warm welcome was Dash Charge, which was company’s proprietary fast-charging standard, probably best in the industry. Introduced an Optic AMOLED display, their variation of an AMOLED display, it came with a 5.5-inches and a full HD resolution.
Qualcomm made its best efficient processor, which came with a balanced performance and easily managed thermal temperature of the device. And yeah, 6GB RAM came into existence on a smartphone. On optics part, there was a new 16 MegaPixel resolution sensor with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, PDAF, and several other features. It was said to offer one of the best camera outputs on an Android smartphone. Selfie camera was improved to 8 MP and finally saw some focus from OP as its siblings OPPO and Vivo started the selfie revolution in India.
What was OnePlus 3 Price in India?: Rs 27,999
Was it a VFM (Value for Money) Smartphone of 2016?: It could have been if OnePlus 3T wasn’t introduced. But it was one of the best VFM phones of 2016. Probably could beat some of the 2017 smartphones in battery life.
OnePlus 3T – November 2016
Why did OnePlus rub it on OP3 users with a 3T? It’s probably Qualcomm’s fault again!
The primary reason for introducing a 3T could be that Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 was released. They didn’t want to stay behind on this, as next big upgrade will take more than six to eight months for the release. Apart from the processor change, there were the couple of improvements done on 3T. It includes a higher 16 Megapixel resolution selfie camera, a 128GB storage variant, and a higher 3400 mAh capacity battery. These addition makes already impressive flagship killer the best smartphone to own in 2016 and even in 2017 as well.
What is OnePlus 3T Price in India?: Rs 29,999
Was it a VFM (Value for Money) Smartphone of 2016?: Yes. They made a phone worth spending huge 30K amount.
OnePlus 5 – June 2017
OnePlus 4 was skipped for OnePlus 5, Cuz 4 could’ve been the death of OnePlus. Literally!
In China, Number 4 is considered to be bad luck and is largely associated with death, because its homophone to word death/decease. Which is why OP5 was introduced. Technically a fifth edition, OP5 comes with big upgrades in terms of design, performance, multitasking, and camera. Beautifully crafted OP5 makes you feel like you’re holding a premium finished smartphone
Powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, Snapdragon 835, it comes with Quad core and clocks at 2.45 GHz. Accompanying is the 8GB RAM on 128GB variant and a 6GB RAM on a 64GB model. This OP mobile truly redefines the way you multitask and play gaming on smartphones. Improved features include Bluetooth 5.0 support, Dirac HD sound, and vibration motor.
A highlight of this phone isn’t its processor or design, but a dual rear camera. Keeping the focus on optics, they introduced wide-angle and telephoto lens. Where one is a 16 MP f/1.7 sensor, another one is a 20MP f/2.6 sensor. There is an introduction of an optical zoom. All this is powered by a 3300 mAh capacity battery that supports Dash Charge.
What is OnePlus 5 Price in India?: Rs 32,999
Was it a VFM (Value for Money) Smartphone of 2017?: Make that Yes! OnePlus 5 specifications and price combination makes it a kickass device to own, despite higher pricing than usual.
Should OnePlus introduce a smartphone in a mid-range segment in India?
That’s as short of an answer you can get for a debatable question.
Are you still looking for some facts to support above question? Well, here’s to the curious child in you. We have some reasoning for you.
This company has already made a phone for the mid-range users in India, it was called OnePlus X. It wasn’t an ideal mid-range handset you’d see, but it was enough to showcase a potential of a mid-range priced OP device in India. OnePlus X could have been an attempt to save the 2015 year as their OnePlus 2 was a disappointment. But they couldn’t have anticipated that its second device would be a miss too as there weren’t many takers of this OnePlus mobile in India or in any other countries where they operate.
All in all, it is believed that they have a potential to make it big in mid segment as well.
If only, any OnePlus official is reading this story!
Question for Users:
How OP leveraged its fan love and made its affordable flagship phone a costly affair?
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