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Earlier in the year OnePlus promised a new smartphone that would be design oriented and maybe not focused on specs. A potential first render of that handset has now been posted online and seems to show a device that will be smaller than the OnePlus 2 flagship.

A OnePlus 2 Mini then? Well, that?s unknown because there is very little information about this device other than OnePlus co-founder?s confirmation in January and then August that the handset exists.

For the time being though consumers will have to make do with OnePlus 2, which shouldn't be too much of a problem considering how excellent that handset is.

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 favor 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.

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.

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.

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