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OnePlus 2 goes official with Snapdragon 810, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage for $329+

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Jul 29, 2015 )    |    Featured, Mobile

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After months of waiting, OnePlus finally unveiled the new OnePlus 2 or simply the “2” with features that doesn’t go astray from what the company primarily offers. The new handset is the company’s new flagship and is said to actively compete with other flagship devices in the market, not just the current flagship devices but 2016 flagship devices to be more specific. It comes with a relatively new additions from last year’s One while taking some of the best features that made the One a best-seller and improved them with the latest technologies.

One of the biggest changes for the OnePlus 2 is what the handset is made off, While the “One” having a polycarbonate body, OnePlus sourced out new materials for the OnePlus 2 and after hundreds of iterations. the company decided to use the Magnesium-Aluminum alloy for its frame which gives the handset’s premium finish and durability. The handset’s design ensures the perfect antenna reception and improve heat dispersion.

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Like the personalization option in OnePlus One, 2’s back cover can also be removed which would reveal the twin nano-SIM slot but this time with ease and doesn’t need tools to open them with a little flick at the bottom and that’s it. It comes with a default black Sandstone finish back cover but at launch OnePlus will also offer other alternative back covers if you wanted to be a little different, the company has a number of back cover available and that includes: Kevlar, Bamboo, Rosewood and Black Apricot. However, these available back covers can be yours if you want to shell out $27 a piece.

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Going up-front, the OnePlus 2 looks simple and conservative with minimalistic design that makes it look like a generic handset of some sort but keep in mind though, its design isn’t to make things more complicated but by a bit more simplistic and straightforward. The front is mostly covered by its 5.5-inch display, it’s all but the same display that we have with the OnePlus One including its full-HD resolution, OnePlus One doesn’t found the reason to replace the beautiful panel on its device which work out all the same with whatever you thrown in and it consumes less than those with higher resolution. At the bottom is somewhat looks like a home key but unlike a physical key, what we have with the OnePlus 2 is actually a capacitive type button which houses the handset fingerprint sensor. It readily scans your finger each time you touch them even with is display turned off. It’s also a one way of waking up or turning on the display besides flicking the power button.

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One new addition to the OnePlus 2 is the Notification slider, located at the left-hand side of the handset, the slider works to toggle your notification settings with “None” to disable all notifications, “Priority” which only enables notifications from priority contacts and “All” that displays all notifications. On the right-hand side, there’s the power/wake button and the volume slider.

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As discussions and interests continues with USB type C interface, the OnePlus 2 is one of the few to implement them and will be asia’s first device to incorporate the interface. The cable that ships with OnePlus 2 is reversible as and can be plugged in either way. The USB type-C cable also promises to be tangle-free so you don’t have to worry about it.

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To become a flagship killer, one needs to surpass what other are capable off. Well, like most of the devices that shipped this year, the OnePlus 2 sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC despite numerous concerns about the chipset’s overheating issues. The one that ships with OnePlus 2 however comes with version 2.1 of the chip where the manufacturer claims it as a much cooler than those that went out earlier. OnePlus also made sure to alleviate the problem and had made improvements on their own with using a thermal gel and graphite on the handsets body. Going forward from where the OnePlus One has taken off, the OnePlus 2 bumped up its RAM to 4 GB taking advantage of its 64-bit processor but there would also be a 3 GB RAM variant as well. Storage-wise, the OnePlus 2 comes with either 64 GB or 16 GB of eMMC version 5.0 storage, unfortunately the handset doesn’t come with a memory expansion option as it is said to only hinders performance which OnePlus sees it as a compromise, but it’s one of the few manufacturers to include a large storage space as default so if you want a top performing handset at your disposal, it would be wise to go straight ahead with the 64 GB variant.

Connectivity plays a big role in any smartphone and with the OnePlus 2, the handset offers the best wireless connectivity available with 4G/LTE support in addition to 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM options. Other connectivity options that comes as standard are high-speed dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS support and digital compass, there’s the USB Type-C port but one that is notably missing is the NFC, many have questioned as to why would such a device and especially a flagship not to include NFC, according to OnePlus, after a thorough discussion, they have decided to skip NFC as fewer people have used them. Though OnePlus might be right, but inclusion of such technology would have been a plus as it goes ready when you need to use one. Nevertheless it’s probably one of the seldom used technology today, perhaps when more and more mobile payments becomes a common practice, NFC might see its day on the next iteration of OnePlus flagship.

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The OnePlus 2 maybe coming with the same 13 Megapixel camera sensor from last year’s flagship but this 2015, OnePlus 2 got some improvements on its own including a 1.3um pixels with a f/2.0 aperture which works well in low-light conditions and a laser guided auto focus. It also comes with a 6-Element lens to provide less distortion and making images more crisp and clear.

Photos and video clarity is one of the distinguishing factor on how good a smartphone camera is, with OnePlus 2’s laser auto focus, subjects are locked in focus in approximately 0.2 seconds giving the fastest possible time to take a shot without missing a moment. It also comes with an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) feature to minimize distortions from hand movements and assist in focusing your subjects. Aside from taking a full range of 13 Megapixel photos, the camera can also take videos at 4K resolution with clear stereo sound capture with less noise distortion thanks to its dual microphone setup with noise cancellation feature. And also, there’s the 5 Megapixel camera on the front which does all the stuff that you love doing facing the camera, a selfie and a good dose of high-resolution video capture for videos and video calls.

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After OnePlus splits its relationship with Cyanogen, the company worked on its own variant of Android operating system and named it OxygenOS, version one of the OS is already available to OnePlus One users across the globe but with OnePlus 2, the handset will run on Oxygen OS 2.0 and it comes with features more notably included on the next version of Android which currently known as Android M. Keeping things really simple, Oxygen OS 2.0 is comparable to a vanilla version of Android 5.x as it comes with a fairly minimal changes to the core OS. While most of Android 5.x material designs are in, on unique feature to the Oxygen OS 2.0 is that it allows users from changing its UI mode with light and dark themes. In addition to that, Oxygen OS also accepts customized icon packs to change and make your device more personal and unique that fits your personality.


OnePlus 2 Specifications

Magnesium Aluminum alloy frame

5.5-inch 1080p full HD Display | 1920 x 1080 resolution | LCD In-cell technology | 401 ppi

Corning Gorilla Glass

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset | 1.8 GHz 8-Core CPU

Adreno 430 Graphics processor

4 GB/3 GB LPDDR4 RAM

64 GB/16 GB eMMC version 5.0

13 Megapixel (1.3um) | f/2.0 aperture | OIS | Laser Auto Focus | 6-Element lens | HDR mode | 4K resolution video | Slow Motion 720p @ 120 fps

5 Megapixel front camera | Distortion free

4G/LTE | 3G/HSPA+ | 2G/GSM/GPRS

Dual SIM | nano-SIM | LTE enabled

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 Dual Band: 2.4 GHz b/g/n/ac and 5 GHz 802.11 a/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.1

GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS

Fingerprint sensor | Accelerometer | Gyroscope | Proximity | Ambient Light

USB Type-C (Charging + Data)

3.5mm Audio port

bottom dual speakers

dual-microphone with noise cancellation

3300 mAh Li-Po Battery (embedded)

Oxygen OS 2.0 (based on Android 5.1)

151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm

175 grams

Removable StyleSwap covers : Black Sandstone (default), Kevlar, Bamboo, Rosewood, Black Apricot

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The OnePlus 2 is indeed a step forward for OnePlus and while it does come with limitations, it still delivers the most important aspects of a flagship device, it might be known for now as the flagship killer, but we’ll have to see its full potential if it could really knock down other flagships in the market when it becomes available this August 11. The handset will initially ship to key selected markets with a price of $329+ for the 64 GB variant, there will be a 16 GB variant as well but that would come later. It’s a bit more from the original OnePlus One when it was released a year ago but given how the build of the handset has evolved, it should fairly sold to that.