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OnePlus One (The Flagship Killer) – Unboxing and Brief Review from Saudi Arabia January 1, 2015

Posted by Bilal in Product.
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OnePlusOne aka OPO has been a topic of hot debate since its announcement in April 2014. It has got a ton of features like any other top brand flagship device BUT with almost half of its price. It has got the tagline The Flagship Killer and the motto is Never Settle and it totally justifies the both.

Oneplus One Official Image(Source: OnePlus One Official Page)

The interesting thing is you can not directly purchase it online or from any retail outlet but you need an invitation to order it online from the official site. There are some resellers which are selling it in the online stores with a little higher price but they are selling the Chinese Model/Version which is almost the same as Global model but with less support for network bands. So, if anyone directs you to such store or you, in frustration (yes it is quite frustrating) of not getting any invite, decide to purchase from such store; make sure your required network bands are available in that model.

In a nutshell, it has got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, 5.5 inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a large 3100mAh LiPo battery, 13 megapixel Sony Exmor 6 Lens Camera, full support for LTE network all in a body of weight 162g. The display is Full HD and the camera is capable of a 4K video recording, yes you read it correct, 4K resolution (i.e. equivalent to 2160p). Full specifications are available here: OnePlus Official Specification.

My interest in OPO is partially for something else, its operating system. Currently has got android 4.4 KitKat which is neither the stock/official one (like Nexus devices) nor the OEM bloated one (like Samsung, HTC etc.) but it has got a custom firmware Cyanogen Mod aka CM. As per the official statement:

Powered by Android™, Cyanogen brings the features you love while giving you the freedom to mold your mobile domain. Options like Quiet Hours, an enhanced home screen, and a configurable Quick Settings panel are just a few ways you can control how you and your One connect. (Link)

You can read more about CM and OPO on their page: OnePlus One with CM. Being an iPhone user since early 2010 and a hardcore jailbreaker user of the iOS, I want to try some other platform that supports customization and OnePlus One is the answer. You can read my post based on the experience of purchasing my first iPhone 3GS back in 2010 when iPhone was a phone not just a status symbol in the country (those days, BlackBerry was the craze among the local youths). The comparison of both is far beyond the scope of this post, it deserves a separate post.

OPO is currently available in selected countries only and unfortunately Saudi Arabia (SA) is not among these countries. In order to get it here in SA I have to utilize the services of a mail forwarder. I already have the lifetime membership of Aramex ShopAndShip and I utilized it for ordering the device. It got some (minor) disadvantages beside the additional cost but at-least I got the device. Below are some images of the Aramex package and its details.

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OnePlus One is available in two storage capacities 16 GB silk white [ 299$ ] and 64 GB sandstone black [ 349 $ ]. I ordered a 64 GB device and I am still exploring it (yes, its too much to explore and try). So, here you can get the un-boxing video (also available in Full HD resolution):

After reading and watching this much, most probably you will be interested to know more about the device (and if you have come so far, you are definitely interested). I am going to share some of the notable reviews and overviews about the OnePlus One:

If you are interested in purchasing the device and wondering where u can look for invites, here are a few possible solutions.

  • Look for hash tag related to OnePlus and invites on Twitter (I got mine from there)
  • The OnePlus One forum at reddit (its very active yet extremely competitive)
  •  Any one in friends or family who would have got this device
  • Post your info below and I can send the invites when I receive one (issued officially on periodic basis as per the inventory)

In the last, Happy New Year Readers. Its the start of another new year, hope you work hard to achieve your goals and may all your wishes come true.



1. Jeelani - January 2, 2015

Hi need 1 invite badly…Thanks in advance
mailid: jeelani.ga@gmaildotcom

2. Bilal - January 3, 2015

Hi Jeelani, ur request has been noted, u will be informed once it is done.

3. Ayman - January 3, 2015

Actually, your writing is excellent. I think you are 8 or plus in IELTS.

4. Muhammad Ahsan Iqbal - January 8, 2015

Assalam o alaikum, brother congrats for the Mobile un boxing and short review, I am waiting for indepth review of it.
Also I hope the ties of OPO and CM remains intact as there are some rumors regarding their separation primarily because some Indian Mobile OEM made contract with CM and also it is said that OPO are making their own version of AOSP Rom for OPO.
Along with that I have seen the unofficial Android Lollipop version of CM on CM website by Name CM12…check that out too if official lollipop update is not released by OPO…

5. Bilal - January 11, 2015

@Ayman: Thanks dear. I feel obliged.

6. Bilal - January 11, 2015

@Muhammad Ahsan Iqbal: W.A. thanx for ur detailed comments.
I will try to share the detailed experience in a new post. I.A.

7. Bilal - January 11, 2015

Invite available for 64GB SandStone Black – Global Model ( not Chinese or Indian )

Mark - January 27, 2015

how much did it cost you all in all in SR sir including the shipping payment?

Bilal - January 27, 2015

349$ Device Price
14$ Shipping charges to Aramex office
105SR for Shipping to KSA

It does not include the one time Aramex membership charges. There are other mail forwarding options that have free registration.

Also, the KSA banks charge 0.10 SR extra per 1$ for the payments made in foreign currency (it varies slightly)
i.e. if u make a transaction of 100$ when the exchange rate is 3.76, bank will charge 100 * 3.86 = 386 SR.

8. Mark - January 27, 2015

@Bilal: the extra payment is way too big, i’ll think about it.
any other easy ways to get it here in KSA sir? like souq.com? any recommendations?

Bilal - January 28, 2015

there shipping overhead is not so small but if u compare the net price with the other options (with similar specifications), it is still cheaper.

The other online store, as I mentioned in the post, they are selling Chinese models not the global models. Also, the price they charge it little less than net price (mentioned above)…!

9. Ibrahim - July 3, 2015

Assalam-u-Alikum……Thanks for all the information, just needed some more….As you may know that the 64GB device is now worth 300USD , so I am going to order it, and have created lifetime account in aramex for 10USD(By Coupon Deal), so what I want to know is, How much would I have to pay now? Total amount? Will it be 342USD or more and will there be any other hidden charges?? Please reply.
Best Regards,
-Syed Ibrahim Khalil.

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