News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 28, 2015.
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OnePlus has launched its Flagship Killer for 2016, the OnePlus 2 is the company's newest device and lands as a very appealing smartphone that comes with an enticing price tag. With most of the details already out there, here is our guide to the OnePlus 2:Design The most incremental aspect of the OnePlus 2 is its design, but even so the device still looks fresh and while the homages to the OnePlus One are there, the sequel looks like a standalone product. The frame is made from magnesium alloy, making the OnePlus 2 look more premium alongside the previous OnePlus One. That high end appeal is added to with the new StyleSwap covers that come in a variety of premium materials. New Features OnePlus really has gone above and beyond with the OnePlus 2 and it seems that it is an entirely new device that is replacing last year's debut. We will have to review the handset to have any lasting impressions, but it is refreshing to see a company avoid an incremental update in favour of trying to improve most facets of a product. The OnePlus 2 comes with USB Type-C which means the charging and connection cable is reversible like Apple's Lightning connector, removing the pain of fumbling around trying to plug in your device for charging. However, it is worth noting that the connection itself remains USB 2.0, so there will be no fast connection like USB 3.0. While it is not a big deal in Europe and the USA, many global consumers will be happy to see that OnePlus has included dual-SIM capabilities on its new smartphone. Another common feature that makes its debut on the OnePlus One is optical image stabilization (OIS), making the 13MP rear camera closer to the OnePlus 2's flagship rivals. The camera module also gets a laser autofocus that offers touch free auto focus in 0.2 seconds. It is becoming standard practice for companies to place fingerprint scanners on their high end devices, and the OnePlus 2 is continuing the trend. We always prefer to see the scanner mounted into the home button as opposed to the rear of the handset, so it is nice to see that OnePlus has done just that. StyleSwap was a bit of a mess on the original OnePlus One, mainly because the company could not get its inventory together. The system is now making a comeback and OnePlus says it has solved previous issues, meaning you can now swap your rear cover, with Sandstone Black, Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot, and Kevlar the options so far.
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