True to their word, the folks at OnePlus have unveiled their first creation, the OnePlus One smartphone. It's an impressive feat of affordable engineering. We have the full skinny of specs, pricing and availability for you right here after you are done gazing at the images.

First let's take a gander at the specs:
  • 5.5-inch JDI display with 1080p HD resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.5GHz chipset
  • 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM clocked at 1866MHz
  • Between 16GB and 64GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel Sony Exmor IMX 214 f/2.0 aperture sensor with 4K video recording and dual LED flash, 5 megapixel front sensor
  • 3,100mAh lithium polymer battery
  • dual-band WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS w/ GLONASS, NFC
  • microUSB 2.0, multi-colored LED notification light and a 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11S
  • 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 162 g

Next, let's show off the pricing and availability dates. Here's the scoop on that,

$299/€269 for 16GB Silk White version
$349/€299 for 64GB Sandstone Black version
  • Available in the following countries:
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

The details for getting your hands on the phone are a bit complicated. Since the company will only have a limited amount of them to sell, they are offering them on an invite only system. They are also offering a promo that can get you a One for just $1, if you are willing to smash your current smartphone. Here's a quote with some of the details,

The first 100 OnePlus Ones will be available starting April 25 through the company’s Smash promotion: users can apply to smash their existing phones in exchange for a One handset, which will cost just $1. Additionally, they’ll also receive OnePlus One purchase invitations for their friends. Interested buyers who will receive invites to buy the handset will be able to purchase it in mid to late May. Initially, the phone will come in two options, including Silk White and Sandstone Black, with additional StyleSwap covers to be launched later this year. Pricing details for the StyleSwap covers aren’t available at this time. ~BGR
There are some positives and negatives to consider here. Let's jump into the positive stuff first... look at that insanely good pricing! With these specs, that OFF CONTRACT price of $300 for the White and $350 for the black is just phenomenal. Also, it's a very good looking device with a powerful processor and a juicy 3GB of RAM. There's a lot to like about this phone and it could be a sleeper hit if it can catch the attention of the average consumer.

The only gripes some people have voiced is that the phone has a 13MP camera instead of the rumored 16MP, and that the phone is very large. The camera complaint is a minor and nearly irrelevant quibble considering the quality of the camera. This is a high-end Sony sensor with some impressive specs, so the fact that it takes slightly smaller pics probably won't make much of a difference compared to the quality of pics it will take. The second gripe is subjective, but fairly understandable for many of us. The dimensions of this phone make it bigger than Sony Xperia Z1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That is definitely phablet level huge, and we can see why some might be unhappy about it. (There has even been a stink online about a picture of the OnePlus One hiding beneath a Sony Z1.)

Regardless, one could argue that this complaints are relatively minor, and the phone has a chance to be a big hit. It's amazing the company was able to offer the device at an even cheaper price than they originally hinted ($399). Of course, it's frustrating that they are selling the device with this strange invite system, but it's possible it could work out just fine.

Here's a link to the company's "Smash" promotion to get the ball rolling: SMASH THE PAST