Curiously Affordable OnePlus One Smartphone Gets A Teardown

The OnePlus One is a snappy-looking, well-spec’d, heavily-teased smartphone whose defining characteristic is a surprisingly low price tag of just $350. This, when most high-end smartphones can cost twice that.

The folks at iFixit tore down the device to see what’s inside and how repairable it is (or isn’t). iFixit gave the OnePlus One a modest score of 5 out of 10 due primarily to a harder than necessary to remove battery and fused LCD and digitizer glass, but otherwise a little patience got the device apart.

OnePlus One

The device has the same camera modules as the Project Tango smartphone. The rear 13MP camera features a Sony Exmor IMX 214 CMOS sensor, and the 3GB of RAM is made by Samsung. Toshiba makes the 64GB of eMMC storage, the wireless chip is a Qualcomm WCN3680, and the touchscreen controller is made by Synaptics.

OnePlus One

The phone runs a custom version of Android created by CyanogenMod, and there’s a 5.5-inch (1920x1080) display. The device runs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz) processor.

We’ll look forward to seeing how this interesting handset performs.