This Is Still The Best OnePlus Phone Ever Released
The OnePlus 10 Pro is a testament to how far OnePlus has made. However, it hasn’t been able to replicate the excitement and popularity that surrounded the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One, officially known as the “flagship killer,” was so popular that it established the OnePlus as a significant contender in the smartphone market.
OnePlus was established in 2013, but its first smartphone wasn’t released until 2013. OnePlus had been releasing flagships until 2019. However, the brand launched its first mid-range smartphone in 2020, called the OnePlus Noay, On; OnePlus’sduct range includes earph, wearablesbles, and smart TVs.
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The OnePlus One was launched in the same year that the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One (M8), and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Although two of these brands are no longer relevant today in the smartphone market, they were at the time among the top Android phone makers. Despite stiff competition, the OnePlus One managed to make a big splash in the mobile market. How did the company pull off this feat? It is simple – price.
Killer Pricing Meets Great Specs
The flagship smartphones from Sony, HTC, and Samsung were all priced between $600 to $700 in 2014. However, the OnePlus One stood out with its $299 price tag and flagship specifications, including a Snapdragon 801 CPU and Gorilla Glass 3. It even had better specs than flagships made by other brands in certain areas. The HTC One (M8) only had 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the OnePlus One had 64GB storage and 3GB RAM. The OnePlus One could record 4K videos, unavailable on the HTC One (M8)—onePlus balanced the hardware with a software experience that allowed for extensive customizations, mainly via custom ROMs.
Unfortunately, the OnePlus One phone was not the best. The OnePlus 2 was a disaster with its inability to use NFC and poor 4K video recording capabilities compared with the OnePlus One. OnePlus lost sight of its low pricing strategy over time. The new OnePlus 10 Pro starts at $899. OnePlus’ phones are much more expensive. The OnePlus phones can now be bought anywhere in the world and do not require invites like the OnePlus One, but the price of the competition is similar, if perhaps lower. The software, which was once a highlight in OnePlus’ older models, has now become one of the brand’s weakest links.
OnePlus does not look to return to its ‘flagship-killer’ roots. Its business model has evolved beyond challenging the competition, and it doesn’t seem to want to. Those looking for an affordable OnePlus smartphone should consider the mid-range Nord Series instead.