OnePlus made headlines when the newly-formed Chinese company announced its plans to develop its first flagship smartphone in partnership with CyanogenMod, and piqued our interest when it promised the device would offer the best specs around. Now the company has shared an update, revealing the Android handset has reached the “feature freeze” stage while the first prototype officially began testing on Monday. Twitter tipster @evleaks also shared a photo of what appears to be a box holding the A0001 prototype earlier today.
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— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 25, 2014
We still don’t know much about the OnePlus One, though hopefully it lives up to the company’s promise to “never settle.” The upcoming smartphone is expected to launch sometime in the second quarter of the year and cost under $500 unlocked. The device will also run CyaongenMod software and was reportedly developed with input from the Cyanogen team.
The OnePlus One won’t be the first smartphone to ship running CyanogenMod—that honor goes to the Oppo N1—but the upcoming smartphone will be the first with hardware streamlined to work with the custom Android ROM. We can’t wait to hear more about the new device, and hopefully we’ll be receiving more updates from OnePlus in the near future.