Nov 21st, 2013

Things are starting to get a little more interesting in this “official CyanogenMod phone” saga. We originally broke the rumor that the CyanogenMod Inc team would be looking to partner up with a hardware OEM to create the world’s first official CyanogenMod Phone. This phone is said to be designed from the ground up with CyanogenMod in mind.

We had no clue who they’d be working with to make this mystery phone, but our sources told us to rule Oppo out. That was an interesting turn of events considering Oppo was the first OEM to get on board with CyanogenMod Inc by making the Oppo N1 completely open to flashing CyanogenMod.


A bit of speculation led us on a wild goose chase to figure out who this mystery OEM was. Gionee was suspected, but a big swing and a miss caused us to continue the search. It wasn’t until Pete Lau from Oppo resigned from the company that things really started getting interesting. That prompted us to think back to a photo Steve Kondik posted prior to all of this, with himself and Koushik Dutta posing with the esteemed executive, noting that “they” were working on something extraordinary.

Rumors then started to bubble up regarding a new brand Pete Lau was starting, and the dots began to connect. Now, CyanogenMod themselves are helping us connect even more of them. The team has decided to acknowledge all of the rumors, and confirmed that — yes — they are working with a new hardware partner. We’re told to be on the lookout for even more info in the weeks to come, so it won’t be long before the team comes clean and shows us the big announcement we’ve all been waiting for.

The CyanogenMod phone is rumored to be launching with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset that has a quad-core 2.5GHz application processor. We’re not sure if this is a minor extension of the Snapdragon 800 or the newly-announced Snapdragon 805, but it stands to be a very powerful device either way. We’ll have to wait for more details before we can start imagining how this device will shape up, but it won’t be long before we’re treated to the goods in official capacity.

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