It’s been a long road for the OnePlus One, self-proclaimed flagship killer, and it looks like the road will be a little longer than we initially thought, thanks to a firmware-related detour.
Straight from the horse’s mouth, we’re told that the first batch of OnePlus One units is being delayed for an unspecified amount of time, though the manufacturer reckons it’s for the greater good.
Announced back on April 23, the OnePlus One has still yet to see the light of day. The guys face the usual problems associated with being a relatively small start-up, and now this firmware thingy.
Viewable on imgur, OnePlus wrote to customers: “As we previously mentioned, the software recently received a major update but we are still working on perfecting some final issues.”
The email continues: “For that reason, we can’t yet confirm the exact date that the phone will ship.”
Revealing a tad more detail, user ciwrI took to reddit Android to address comments regarding the delay.
He writes: “As you may be aware, a handful of new issues with openSSL were made public on June 5th. We decided to include the correction for those vulnerabilities, in the factory release of the One.
“A new release means the whole firmware needs to be re-certified (including QA time), but we believe the security benefits outweigh the delay. So yes, there was a new build issued at fairly last minute, but it wasn't due to missing set deadlines or expectations.”
That sounds fairly reassuring, though it might be enough to deter those who are on the fence about backing a start-up over an established company like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, LG, Nokia…
Having said that, you’re still getting a heck of a lot of phone for your money, specifically a 5.5in 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 3,100mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and CyanogenMod 11S, all for £229 (16GB, Silk White) or £269 (64GB, Sandstone Gray).