Earlier this morning (as per Indian time), OnePlus launched its much-hyped flagship and successor to the One, OnePlus 2. It was launched in an out-of-the-box, Virtual Reality style, opposed to traditional grand, fancy launch events. OnePlus is so confident about its new product that it calls it ‘2016 Flagship Killer’.
Is it really still the ‘flagship killer’ its makers claim? Let’s have a look at its spec sheet. It’s got the fastest (and hottest, literally) Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa core processor coupled with Adreno 430 GPU. Only the 64GB storage variant will have 4GB RAM whereas 16GB one will have 3GB RAM. Company should have made 128GB version if it were not planning to add microSD slot. It still features the 5.5-inch 1080p FullHD display. Mind you, OnePlus 2 is the first smartphone to feature USB Type-C port.
If there’s one feature that truly has received an upgrade, it’s the camera. While the megapixel count remains at 13MP, it now features a bigger sensor (1.3um) and also has OIS (optical image stabilization). The camera gets laser auto-focus, too. OnePlus 2 also adds fingerprint scanner which it claims is faster than the iPhone. Oh, and there’s Dual SIM support as well with 4G LTE. The battery is slightly bigger at 3300 mAh. And all of this is packed inside a magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis. OnePlus’ own OxygenOS which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1 will hold all the controls.
For the price, OnePlus 2 surely has the flagship specsheet but to call it 2016 Flagship Killer or just flagship killer would be an overstatement. If you look carefully it misses a lot of things. For one, there’s no NFC which is a common thing on flagships. Even though it’s not a mainstream feature, support for wireless charging would have been nice to have in the ‘flagship killer’. Most importantly, OnePlus 2 also skips Quick Charging which means its huge battery will take quite some time to reach significant levels.
OnePlus 2 will start selling USA and India along with few other countries on Aug 11. You will still need invites. There’s already a fairly long list of people of people waiting to for invites. But if you can wait, it’ll be worth the it. Here’s pricing chart for every country:
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