There were a lot of hints as to what the OnePlus One (aka, the CyanogenMod phone) would be using for an application processor, so we weren’t too surprised when Pete Lau officially announced the silicon inside the device earlier today. They’ve confirmed that the OnePlus One will sport the trusty ol’ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz.
Some might be quick to mumble and grumble at the fact that it won’t have the latest and greatest, but here’s the thing — the Snapdragon 800 is still freaking awesome. A lot goes into building a phone, and Pete Lau said the Snapdragon 800 was the perfect choice for a few different reasons:
- It’s still once of the most powerful chipsets on the market
- It’s been proven to be quite conservative when it comes to sipping on the battery’s juice
- They won’t have to worry about yield issues as the processor has been in mass production for quite some time, meaning they can hit their Q2 2014 target without much worry.
So while it may not be the most powerful or most perfect chipset, it’s the right chipset for the OnePlus One. We’re buying that, and it doesn’t make us any less excited for its eventual arrival. We’re still in the dark in terms of other specs — heck, we still haven’t seen a picture of this thing — but we have a feeling that the hype train behind this ambitious device has only just begun.
And don’t think the fact that they have yet to prove anything is making them shy either, as the company has shown early signs of boldness by taking pot shots at some of the most significant players in the game. Let’s hope this smartphone turns out to be just as good as we (and they) are hoping it will be.