OnePlus 2: Specifications, First Impressions and Overview

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After months of rumors and speculations, OnePlus has unveiled their new flagship killer, OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2, the self-dubbed ‘2016 flagship killer’ has arrived, and we’re here to tell you all about it.

Specifications

OnePlus 2 has constantly teased a lot OnePlus Two features, so most of this wasn’t a jaw-dropping surprise. As speculated, the device features a 5.5-inch (1920x1080p) Full HD display powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3 or 4 GB of RAM (depending upon the storage option). Both storage variants, 16 and 64 GB, will run on OnePlus’ Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1, but sadly the Smartphone doesn’t bring a micro-SD slot option. The device is powered by a 3300 mAh non-removable battery. The phone also brings some exciting additions like a fingerprint sensor.

The phone did hold to my expectations, but may not of yours. There are some amazing features but some sad things like on 3GB of RAM on 16 GB storage option. Also, I’m a bit disappointed by the company’s choice of not including the micro-SD card option. Another 2015 flagship feature missing here is the Wireless Charging.

Design

The phone just nailed it. I personally loved the OnePlus One’s design and build but OnePlus 2 has taken it to a whole new level. There’s now an aluminum-magnesium frame going around the sides of the phone, while the buttons and other accents are stainless steel. It’s a great addition, that should make the device feel even nicer. The camera on the back has been moved slightly towards the center of the device, which takes a while to get used to, and the same can be said about the Samsung-like home button on the front. The OnePlus 2 will be available in the following finishes, Sandstone Black, Kevlar, Black Apricot, Bamboo and Rosewood.

oneplus 2 colour options

Software

The OnePlus 2 runs Oxygen OS, a custom ROM based on Android 5.1. OnePlus hired most of the key members of the Paranoid Android custom ROM team to make Oxygen OS a real product, and by all accounts, they have been hard at work at it. That said, the time was short, the team was new, and the expectations were sky-high, so it remains to be seen just how good Oxygen OS turns out to be.

Pricing and Availablity

The OnePlus 2’s price is probably the most important factor that will determine its sales success, and fortunately, OnePlus delivered, again:

  • The OnePlus 2 64GB will cost $389(Rs. 24,999)
  • The OnePlus 2 16GB will cost $329 (Rs. 21,100)

That’s slightly more than the launch price of the OnePlus One, but arguably, you get more for that money. As for the OnePlus 2 release date, the OnePlus 2 64GB will be available with an invite from August 11 in the US and Europe, the 16GB version will be available later. Yes, you will still need an invite to buy a OnePlus 2, but OnePlus says the process will be a lot less painful this year.

Aditya Gupta

A compassionate supporter of gadgets and dedicated to informing those around him. Aditya Gupta is a high school science student from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He covers the topics which he feels are not covered anywhere else so that more people get involved in the world he loves so much. After graduating from high school in 2016, he plans to start his under-grad studies in Computer Science. Follow: @TheBrainyGeek

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