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OnePlus 2, the 2015 Flagship Killer in Depth


News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 28, 2015.

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OnePlus 2
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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.

OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2

Specs

While some late rumors suggested that the OnePlus 2 would employ a Quad HD screen, but the Chinese company instead opted to stick with 1080p Full HD once more, while also maintaining the 5.5-inch size. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor sits under the hood and is helped by a sizeable amount of RAM, 4GB to be exact. Yes, the Snapdragon 810 has had plenty of problems, but OnePlus is using the throttled version that does not produce overheating issues.

Other specs include 16GB or 64GB internal storage options (sadly there is no micro SD slot), a 3,300 mAh battery, and Android Lollipop.

The cameras have been overhauled, but the rear shooter stays with 13 megapixel resolution. It has had plenty of tweaks though, such as Super-Resolution Mode. This new software feature processes images to 50 megapixel quality, you may remember this feature first arrived on the Oppo 7 earlier this year. Around the front there is a 5 megapixel lens that will appease selfie fans.

Software

The OnePlus 2 arrives with the company's OxygenOS, which the company created amid the breakdown of its relationship with Cyanogen. The handset comes with version 2.0 of the software, and we have found it to be a rather agreeable Android skin. It is nice to see that OnePlus has kept it near stock Android, which means a clean interface and smooth performance, while still maintaining enough customization options to stay in line with what we expect from the platform.

Price and Availability

While the OnePlus 2 arrives slightly more expensive than its predecessor, it is still a genuine bargain and delivers arguably the most bang for your buck on the market. The entry level 16GB/3GB RAM variant of this genuine flagship contender will cost just $329, while the 64GB/4GB RAM entry will still be an extremely affordable $389. There is nothing else that we can think of on the market that can compete with that price point with specs like that. The device will start shipping August 11th in Canada, India, China, and the European Union.

Availability really hampered the success of the OnePlus One, and while the company seems more prepared this time around, it is still a frustrating invite system that will accompany the OnePlus 2. We doubt anyone likes the invite model for selling devices, but OnePlus needs to keep inventory close to expected demand, so it?s the only way the company can stay afloat.

Anyone can sign up for an invitation, but the list is already over half a million, so the chances of getting that invite are slim, unless you happen to hold sway somehow. We are sure some retailers have managed to get their hands on the device, but expect any stock to be limited and we doubt the handset will be showing up at your local Best Buy any time soon.

 
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