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OnePlus One to Feature 5.5-Inch Screen in a Tiny Body

by Jacob Kleinman | March 11, 2014March 11, 2014 4:00 pm PDT

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OnePlus has already teased its upcoming One smartphone with blog posts touting its all-day 3100mAh battery and Snapdragon 800 processor, but today the company may have outdone itself. According to company founder and former Oppo VP Pete Lau, the OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display somehow packed into the dimensions of a traditional handset with a smaller 5-inch screen. As proof, Lau offers up a picture of the Xperia Z1, claiming that his own prototype is hidden beneath the Sony phone.

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Lau doesn’t explain how OnePlus has pulled off such an impressive feat—we imagine it has a lot to do with shaving down those bezels, possibly for an edge-to-edge display. He adds that the 1080p display boasts a ppi of over 400 and uses Touch On Lens (TOL) technology to cut down the space in between the sensor and the screen. It’s also 300 percent more shatterproof than the competing One Glass Solution (OGS) used by Apple. Additionally, the OnePlus One’s display allegedly consumes less power than a normal 5-inch screen at the same brightness level.

The post also addresses the company’s decision to stick with 1080p instead of opting for a QHD display, which Oppo is expected to introduce with its Find 7 smartphone later this month. Lau argues that QHD is “overkill” and won’t make a difference to the user experience unless you’re looking at your phone through a microscope. “QHD drains 35-60% more battery, requires the device to render more pixels making it slower, and also emits more heat,” Lau said.

In an image shared on Facebook by OnePlus (pictured above), the company lists its latest announcements and promises more news regarding the One smartphone on March 16. We can’t wait to see what the company announces next, but this Cyanogen-powered smartphone is already starting to look like a real beast. Hopefully next time Lau shares a photo of the device it won’t be hidden under a competing handset.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...