Could This £229 Quad-Core Beast Bring CyanogenMod to the Masses?

By Chris Mills on at

Being "the best custom version of Android" is kind of like being a Winter Olympics medal-winner: an amazing achievement, for sure, but it doesn't change the fact that no-one's actually heard of you. That could all be about to change, however, as CyanogenMod has teamed up to put their custom version of Google's OS on a super-cheap but awesomely specced-out new phone.

Called the OnePlus One, it seems on first glance to bear all the hallmarks of a made-in-China special: absurdly low price, great specs (5.5-inch screen, 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera with 4K video support, and a whopping 3,100mAh battery) and plastic construction.

More importantly, though, it's also the first phone to ship with CyanogenMod running straight out of the box -- even though we've had devices like the Oppo N1 which are designed to be easily rootable, the OnePlus One is trying to bring custom ROMs to people who actually have no idea what a ROM is and why they'd want a custom one.

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Being sold for £229 online, comparisons to the Nexus 5 (£295 online) are inevitable; without a doubt, if the OnePlus One can walk the walk (and from their hands-on, our sister site TechRadar certainly seems to think so), it could prove to be a game-changer. Release date is still TBA, however, so you'll have to still your beating heart for a little while yet. [OnePlus One, TechRadar]