Weeks after the announcement of the OnePlus One and with still weeks to go until its release the OnePlus One is still generating enough news to keep us busy. With invites still not released to the public to purchase the device many of us are clamouring for any information at all we can find about the OnePlus One. Today it passed through the FCC, bringing its User Manual with it.
The User Manual has all the usual information in it as well as a couple of tidbits either mistakenly left out previously, or kept secret for future surprises. This is also assuming that the user manual is the final product and everything mentioned in it is what ships with the device.
The first piece of information that caught my eye was in the Optional Contents list where the list includes a Quick Charge+, Charger. Early on OnePlus promised a “mystery battery technology” would be included with the OnePlus. Then the Oppo Find7 was announced and everyone assumed the mystery technology would be the quick charge that comes with that. OnePlus have since removed the mystery technology promise saying that it is software but unfortunately wasn’t ready in time for the release. If that is the case, what is the Quick Charge+ doing listed as in the optional contents list? Are OnePlus going to include that now but you just have to pay extra for it? I hope so.
The second interesting slipup in the manual is the mention of SD card support. Both Cyanogen Inc and OnePlus has both repeatedly said that the OnePlus would not include SD card support (and I agree with them that it shouldn’t be used in Android anymore). Flip to page 24 of the user manual and it is right there in black and white:
Micro SD card extension support: The maximum Micro SD card memory supported by this device is 32G, allowing great promotion of storage. To prevent harm to your device, please use an authentic SD card.
Personally I don’t think you need sd card support if you provide enough storage in a phone. The OnePlus One comes in a 64GB variety so I doubt this is real. In saying that there have been a lot of complaints about it lacking sd card support and OnePlus have acted upon complaints before (the CPU was upgraded from a Snapdragon 800 to an 801).
I’ll leave the last comment on sd card in Android to well-known developer and former member of CyanogenInc, Koushik “Koush” Dutta:
The SD card needs to go away. It’s a nightmare for developers. There’s too much variability here. SD Cards can be slow, resulting in poor app performance. They can come and go, or be swapped, and that results in unpredictable behavior if an app was expecting an SD card. One contiguous block of data needs to become the standard here (with different OEM SKUs for more/less storage), as it has been on iOS since the first iPhone.
All this is based on this manual being the final product which may or may not be the case. Time will tell. In other news it passed all tests thrown at it, including for all the required LTE bands for full LTE functionality here in Australia.
Does this change your opinion of the OnePlus One? Do you think this is the final device specifications? Stay tuned for some exciting news in the next few days regarding OnePlus and Ausdroid.