While most manufacturers would prefer to let people know about a new device only on the day of the official announcement (and through unofficial leaks, in some cases), OnePlus, the company started by ex-Oppo exec Pete Lau, has taken a different approach. The new manufacturer has been detailing a hardware spec on its upcoming CyanogenMod phone One every few days to cook up interest, and today, it is continuing the teasing with yet another feature that will be available on the device.
According to OnePlus, the One will feature always-on voice commands, similar to the Moto X and Motorola’s latest DROID lineup. The Snapdragon 800 processor has the necessary hardware for always-on voice commands, and the OnePlus One is looking to be the first phone to use it (Motorola uses a custom chipset solution of their own), with custom software from the CyanogenMod team working hand-in-hand with the processor. The handset will have the ability to be woken up by a command, similar to the Touchless Control app on Moto’s phones, and for now, “OK OnePlus” has gotten the majority of votes for being the default command.
If you’ve ever used the Moto X, you probably know just how useful always-on voice commands can be, especially when they don’t drain considerable battery life (as a dedicated low-power DSP listens for voice input without waking up the main processor), so it should be one of the defining features of the OnePlus One. Other known specs of the device include a 5.5-inch 1080p screen (in a 5-inch body) and a 3,100 mAh battery, and we’re probably see more details crop up before its official announcement sometime in Q2 this year. A possible price tag of as low as $400 could make it a huge seller, though hopefully HTC won’t sue for usage of the One moniker and stop the phone from ever going on sale.
Source: OnePlus Forum