There are a lot of interesting things about the OnePlus One smartphone, from its sleek design to its use of high-end tech specs at mid-range prices.
But no detail stands out quite like this one, from Engadget:
What's more, OnePlus took one step further and applied corresponding textures onto the back of the "silk white" and "sandstone black" versions. The white one is our favorite, as its special coating -- apparently made out of powdered cashew nuts -- gives a "baby skin" feel, which is most noticeable when you gently stroke it with your cheek.
I don't know what's weirder: that you can emulate the feel of baby skin with powered cashews, or that there's now a smartphone you can snuggle up to in lieu of human contact. (I'd probably just swap in one of the optional wooden covers instead.)
Underneath the skin-like coating, the OnePlus One packs a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 3,100 mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera (with f/2.0 aperture) and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera. The 1080p display measures 5.5 inches, and Android 4.4 is on board with CyanogenMod, which maintains the stock Android feel but adds some more customization options.
OnePlus says it'll sell a 16 GB version for $300 and a 64 GB version for $349 starting next quarter--those are off-contract, subsidy-free prices, mind you--but the exact launch details are a bit shaky. The phone will first be available to 100 people through an invite program, and those users can in turn invite other people. There's no word on when the baby skin smartphone experience will open up to everyone.