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The OnePlus One is a tasty $299 Android smartphone (pictures)

We go hands-on with the new Cyanogen-powered OnePlus One smartphone from China.

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Meet the OnePlus One

You may have not heard of the OnePlus brand before, but the people behind this gorgeous smartphone were previously at Oppo. This Android phone packs powerful hardware in the form of the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 4G connectivity and 16GB of onboard storage for just $299 (£178, €216).

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Stereo speakers

Having two stereo speakers at the bottom is cool, but it's a shame not many manufacturers are going with front-facing speakers.

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Touch-sensitive buttons

Instead of software keys, the OnePlus One uses touch-sensitive ones.

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View from the top

The 3.5mm audio jack sits right at the top, and if you look closely, you'll see the noise-cancelling microphone on the other side.

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Dual-led flash and 13-megapixel camera

The OnePlus One uses a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor that's capable of shooting 4K video.

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Slim form factor

This 5.5-inch Full HD smartphone is just 8.9mm thick.

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Nice curves

The phone sports rounded edges and fits comfortably in the palm. I don't quite like how the glass ends just before the plastic though.

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Full-HD display

The OnePlus One's screen has a resolution of 1,920x1080 pixels. It's very bright, and viewable even under the bright noon sunlight.

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