OnePlus One CPU details unveiled; It’s no Snapdragon 805

Contrary to what many would’ve hoped for, OnePlus’ first ever smartphone, the OnePlus One will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset at its heart.

OnePlus have been vocal about their upcoming venture for quite some time now, but it was the first time today that the company let out some first-hand info. While most enthusiasts hoped to see either a Snapdragon 801 or a Snapdragon 805, the company went ahead and announced that the OnePlus One will have neither, but the 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800.

We spent countless hours trying out the latest CPUs. Ultimately, it was clear that the Snapdragon 800 provided the best speed, battery consumption and heat management. It also allows us to get our product in your hand faster, with the highest optimization. We didn’t want to announce our product, only to be able to ship it six months later.

-Pete Lau, OnePlus CEO

Sounds fair though, wethinks. While it might not sound as pretty as a Snapdragon 805, we’re pretty certain potential buyers would take faster availability than delayed shipments with the Snapdragon 805. Interestingly this is exaclty what our source had told us ahead of the announcement, we wonder if the rest of the details are true?

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“We’re completely confident that this is the best choice to deliver a product with the best overall user experience and performance on time for Q2,” added Lau in a post on the OnePlus forums.

Would you prefer waiting a few months for the Snapdragon 805 chipset or are you willing to pull the trigger on a Snapdragon 800 powered chipset at this point in time?

Not to forget, the OnePlus One will feature the CyanogenMod OS, and come with 4G connectivity with a sub-$400 price tag which makes it all the more interesting.

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  1. zaikatanox
    March 5, 2014

    That’s a little disappointing. After all the talk about OnePlus One having the best 2014 flagship specs, Snapdragon 800, while still amazingly fast, is last year’s flagship.

    One may argue though that this one is the AB variant (MSM 8974-AB), similar in performance as MSM 8274-AB in Xiaomi Mi3 (which is still currently the phone with the fastest SoC on the market).

    IMO though, 801 would still have been the better choice (Samsung can pull it off for their S5, to be released at about the same time as the One).

    • March 6, 2014

      And the 801 is pin compatible with the 800, so it should be easy to drop it into their existing design…

      I don’t understand their decision. They keep saying high-end but they aren’t making high end choices.

      • zaikatanox
        March 6, 2014

        Qualcomm classifies the SoC in Xperia Z2 (which is MSM8974-AB) as Snapdragon 801. If OnePlus One in fact uses MSM8974-AB, then it is Snapdragon 801 rather than 800 (Carl may have gotten a bit confused in the naming). But then again, it’s just the matter of classification, and that would’ve made the Mi3 the first phone ever with Snapdragon 801.

  2. Sere83
    March 5, 2014

    It’s completely understandable why they did it and its nice to have a product announced and released soon after. Saying that though the GS5 is also scheduled for release around the same time with snapdragon 801. Also here in the UK you can get an LG G2 with snapdragon 800 for around $450 or a nexus 5 for a similar price. So i’m not sure how good a deal this really is going to be. This is their first phone after all and while cyanogen is nice will they really be able to nail all other important aspects of the phone first time? Not to mention Xiaomi will announce the mi3s soon after, possibly snapdragon 801 who knows? Its nice on paper but nailing everything from cameras, to software to build quality first time is a big ask. And as a nexus 5 owner already using a snapdragon 800 phone, how much can they really do to warrent an upgrade? Id imagine not much…

  3. DavidKing
    March 5, 2014

    Understandable but sure tarnishes the excitement. I think they will need to go sub $350.

  4. March 6, 2014

    No reason not to use the 801 other than price. It’s pin compatible so they could STILL use it!

    This is sounding more and more like an over hyped mid-ranged phone.

    • Fred
      March 6, 2014

      Fully agree. The 801 is indeed pin-compatible, and they should be using it instead.

  5. Rob
    March 6, 2014

    This is a major disappointment! After all the hype and promises they are going to give us a 2013 flagship phone midway through 2014, been waiting patiently for months to see what this phone would offer and now it seems I will look elsewhere. Apart from last years CPU the alleged 5″ screen is too small anyway, looking more like the Vivo or Gionee E7 for me now.

    • Carlos Paixao
      March 6, 2014

      Do you want the best SoC? You can not have it. The best SoC is not avaliable for sale and it won’t any soon. Technology you can buy will never be the latest or the coolest.

      Also, do you want SD 805? Buy One Plus One, develop a custom kernel overclocked and done. You now have 805.

      • Rob
        March 6, 2014

        And maybe I can use a hammer to increase the screen size?? lol I think your missing the point, technology moves so fast that as soon as we buy something, something better comes along. By the time the One Plus One phone is released it could be two generations behind since we will have the 801 and (possibly) the 805 releasing. They would make the phone completely outdated before I even got it!