The next flagship killer – Oneplus 2 is here

For most tech bloggers and OnePlus fans, today was a day when we had a #hyperTension moment while the OnePlus Two was revealed in a first of its kind Virtual reality video. But now its all over and the #hype is revealed and OnePlus fans are happy, excited and looking forward get the OnePlus Two in their hands. So what is it that made them happy?

The OnePlus 2 has been revealed with a sleek metal enamored body. The metal used is aluminum/magnesium alloy for the rim and the accents are stainless steel. The mobile is not very slim and it is 9.85mm thick also it is a bit heavy at 175 grams. Without getting to feel the mobile in my hands, I cannot comment on the ergonomics on my gut feeling is that it will be a pleasure to handle this device merely judging by the photos released.

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This is the first smartphone with the USB Type-C connector. We know that the USB C connector is reversible and can be plugged in to the socket either ways. But what is unique to the OnePlus Two is that the USB plug is also reversible and that is a patented technology from OnePlus.

The OnePlus has 4 physical buttons. Volume rocker and power button are usual. The Alert slider is unique to OnePlus Two. The alert slider helps to switch between the notification profiles and I think that its a great feature that will come handy. The finger print sensor is located on the front and it is not a physical button with tactile feedback. It is a touch button like we saw in the HTC One M9 and OnePlus claims that it is very quick and responsive. It also doubles at home button and long press action can also be programmed into it.

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If you have been following me regularly, you would know that I have been dreaming for a flagship device with great specs and dual SIM. Finally my prayers are answered. The OnePlus Two has a dual SIM support and both the SIM are Nano SIM slot. It supports FDD-LTE bands 1/3/5/7/8/20 in India.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 2 is a beast. It is powered by the all new v2.1 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 SoC along with Adreno 430 for graphics processing. The 64 GB variant has 4 GB or RAM and the 16 GB variant has 3 GB RAM. Since the days of OPO, I never really understood the reason to buy the 16 GB variant, from a consumer’s point of view.

The display is a 5.5 inch IPS LCD In-Cell display. I am not sure as to what they mean by In-Cell, but the display promises good sunlight visibility. It is still a 1080p display and nothing beyond. Probably that will help in a better battery life. The battery is a 3300 mAh Lithium polymer and though the back cover seems to be easily swappable, the battery is not. OnePlus Two will have 4 options for the StyleSwap covers. If you had watched my video on swapping the styleswap cover for the OnePlus One or had done it yourself, you would know the difficulties involved. Thankfully with the OnePlus Two, swapping the back cover is will a breeze like in the Lumia devices. The 4 options are Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar StyleSwap covers.

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The OnePlus Two will have a 13 MP camera and for those who are concerned with the megapixel count, OnePlus has taken a HTC like stance and claims that the 1.3 µm pixel size of the sensor performs better than a high mega pixel count sensor. We are yet to test it. The camera has Optical Image stabilization and also laser focus system. The camera is made of 6 lens elements and has a f/2.0 wide aperture. OnePlus Two will support RAW image format, but not out of the box. It will be made available soon. It also supports 4K videos and 120fps slow motion capture just like the OnePlus One. The front camera is a 5 MP camera.

On the software front, the OnePlus Two will be powered by Oxygen OS based on Android 5.1. It promises a few nifty and unique picture, but is mostly stock android. It comes with SwiftKey bundled along with the Maxx Audio tuner.

So here is the grand finale question. Pricing: OnePlus Two has nailed it with the pricing. The 64 GB version is priced at Rs 24999 and the 16 GB version is priced at Rs 22999. The 64 GB variant will be available from August 11th through Amazon India. You can buy it only if you have an Invite. If you don’t have an invite, you can apply to get one here.

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Would I recommend this?

It is too early to answer this question. But here is my educated answer to that question. If you have a OnePlus One, I don’t see a compelling reason to upgrade. Yes the specs are great and it is a killer device, but so is the OnePlus One. Hang on to it, unless you are bored. But if you are looking to buy a good smartphone that is future proof, the OnePlus 2 is the One for you. Calling it a flagship killer of 2016 is a bit far fetched, but it definitely is a great mobile on the papers right now. Stay tuned for a detailed review.

 

 

Here are the detailed specifications of the OnePlus Two.

Color:

Sandstone Black

Dimensions:

151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm

Weight:

175 grams

Operating System:

OxygenOS based on Android 5.1

CPU:

64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPUs

GPU:

Adreno 430, 650MHz

RAM:

4 GB LP-DDR4, 1333MHz in 64 GB variant and 3 GB in 16 GB variant

Storage:

64 GB and 16 GB variants

Sensors:

Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light

Battery:

 3300 mAh LiPo battery – Not replaceable by user

Max. SAR

(US) Head: 0.795 W/kg, Body: 1.447 W/kg

(EU/SEA) Head: 0.428 W/kg, Body: 0.205 W/kg

(India) Head: 0.729 W/kg, Body: 0.329 W/kg

Connectivity:

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz

WCDMA (EU/India): Bands: 1/2/5/8

WCDMA (US): Bands: 1/2/4/5/8

FDD-LTE (EU/India): Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

FDD-LTE (US): Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17

Wi-Fi:

Dual-band Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n/ac

Bluetooth:

Bluetooth 4.1

Positioning:

Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS

Digital Compass

Ports:

Data & Charging: USB Type-C (Reversible on both the ends)

Audio: Jack 3.5mm

Physical Buttons:

Power Button

Volume Rockers

Alert Slider

Capacitive / On-screen buttons

SIM:

2 slots – Nano SIM (Dual SIM, Dual Standby)

Indicators:

1 LED notification light (multicolored)

Display:

Size: 5.5 inch JDI

Resolution: 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI

Type: LCD In-cell

Protection: Corning© Gorilla© Glass

Rear Camera:

Sensor: 13 Megapixel (1.3um)

Lenses: 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration

OIS

Laser Focus

Flash: Dual-LED

Aperture: f/2.0

Front Camera:

5 Megapixel – Distortion free

Video:

4K resolution video, Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

Audio:

Speaker: Bottom-facing speaker

Microphones: Dual-microphone with noise cancellation

 

 

 

 

 

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