OnePlus One’s CPU officially confirmed to be Snapdragon 800

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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.

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TAGS: OnePlus One , Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 , Snapdragon , Snapdragon 800

  • FedEx

    Looks like they… settled. Lol

  • Henri Weich Conradie

    If it’s a problem wait until Project Ara comes to fruition and put a decacore processor in it. Trolololololol.

  • Alex Cruz

    So….we’re settling hahaha

  • archercc

    While I am not in the market for this phone I can say that I wouldn’t care either way whether it was the 800 or the 801. I think, unless you really are doing heavy lifting, we have reached that place where the hardware is a bit ahead of the software.

    As long as the skin isnt bloated, poorly coded crap the phone should be lighting quick. My N4 with its S4 Pro is still indistinguishable from my friends S4 when using it normally. And another friends Moto X still feels plenty snappy even though its supposed to be even more dated in theory.

    Qualcomm has been making very effective chips for a while and Android has been getting lighter and quicker. As long as you arent running a crappy skin pretty much any chip out in the last year will be fast in daily use.

    • Sean Royce

      Exactly. Hell, I see chips like the Snapdragon 400 running smooth as. They play games like Riptide GP absolutely fine no troubles. Specs are overrated. Optimisation is where it’s at.

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  • BronzeLincolns

    they settled for what they could get now so they could release the phone on time.

    they could’ve easily got a 801 or even a 805 in the phone and maintained a $400 price point but then they would have to release the phone much later.

    why make people wait for a phone to get something that in real world performance won’t make a difference?

    • WhoaManWtF

      Especially since the 801 is literally just an overclocked 800.

    • Sean Royce

      The 805 isn’t in any phones yet. At all. If Samsung or Sony or HTC can’t do it, I don’t see how these guys could.

  • Daniel

    This phone is aimed at techies and they’re the ones that will be most put off by it not having the latest hardware. I’m not going to buy a brand new phone that’s only a side-grade to my current one.

    • BronzeLincolns

      which this phone won’t be. i dont think anyone is talking about how slow apple 5s is with its mere dual core 1.3Mhz processor.

      the techies will understand that the absolute best spec sheet doesnt automatically equal the best phone. hardware optimization is key along with other factors besides hardware that make a phone great like software, features, functionality, and design.

  • David Narada Brown

    I dont see why everyone is disappointed! this still sounds like the phone i want unless a new nexus grabs my attention. i mean whats the advantage of the 801 or 805 over the 800? please dont just state specs. tell me about the difference in performance you noticed while using them.

    • malcmilli

      the 805 has actual gpu advantages, its a brand new chip and has more capabilities… but its not yet available so it doesn’t matter. The 801 is just slightly overclocked version of the 800. Not really worth crying over.

    • filaos

      Flagship phone needs flagship components or die. Every other brand has been shipping Snapdragon 800 for months.

  • Joshua Simpson

    Really getting hyped for this! Hope it lives up to my expectations. Snap 800, better screen to body ratio than Nexus 5, stereo speakers, over 1 day of battery life. According to OnePlus…

  • domatau

    Just make sure it has all day battery life!

  • WhoaManWtF

    Anyone that is disappointed by this has never used a Qualcomm 800 device, the chip is fast as hell.

  • Crimsonshadow774

    The only One that I want is the All New HTC One.

  • Mark Arnould

    If any of you used cyanogenmod, then you would understand that the slightly “outdated” chipset wont matter as the ROM will dust all others.

  • Dragonscourgex

    I really don’t think having Snapdragon 800 is an issue. My Moto X has an S4 and it’s one of the smoothest running phone I ever used.