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OnePlus 2: 2016 Flagship Killer Smartphone for Budget Price


It is common for journalists and consumers to expect a lot from a company once it has established its presence using a revolutionary, flagship device. It is why launching of OnePlus 2 — the latest flagship device from OnePlus — didn’t fail to become VIRAL! Now, overcoming a lot of expectations and rumours from both consumers and critics, OnePlus 2 is here! When compared with OnePlus One that came with a price tag around $300, OnePlus 2 is indeed more than a typical flagship Smartphone. In this post, we will have a deeper glance to OnePlus 2 — 2016 Flagship Killer, they say — discussing various aspects of it from the Smartphone user’s point of view. We will start with display & design.


Display & Design of OnePlus 2

Basically, OnePlus 2 comes with a 5.5 inches screen that offers an awesome experience when combined with the full HD display. Full-HD display of OnePlus 2 is something great, considering the resolution of 1080*1920 & pixel density of 401ppi. OnePlus 2 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that is powerful enough to protect your screen from a lot of possible damages. Coming back to the design, form factor of OnePlus 2 is a bit different from the predecessor and its changes are worth noting, indeed. Outer frame of the device is made using aluminium and magnesium and its design is proven to be best for signal reception; also, there is the StyleSwap system, which lets you change back covers with ease, and there is a huge collection of back covers in the store, awaiting you. In short, not to mention the textured & grippy material that is on the back, gives a sturdy feel to the user, without bothering you about the size much. Also, the display comes with a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and in-cell IPS LCD, giving you maximum output when it comes to gaming and graphics.


Performance & Hardware

OnePlus 2 is indeed a 2016 flagship killer when it comes to the hardware and performance aspect of the device. With MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC from Qualcomm, OnePlus 2 can definitely do well. The SoC is packed with Quad-core Cortex A53 and another Quad Core 1.8 GHz Cortex A57, making OnePlus 2 an Octa-core beast. Also, for improving its graphics section, there is an Adreno 430 GPU. Snapdragon 801 SoC is meant to give excellent connectivity as well as performance with 64-bit computing architecture and support for LTE Connectivity, 4K Ultra HD Streaming and Quick Charge feature.

And, one of the main factors that keep OnePlus 2 is its RAM — the device comes with 4GB RAM; you heard us right. When considering the internal storage of 64GB, OnePlus 2 brings Christmas in terms of output. It is to be noted that another variant of OnePlus 2, featuring 16GB Storage space and 3GB RAM, is also available in the market. To sum up, performance aspect of OnePlus 2 is indeed promising, especially when we read it together with a reference to the full-HD display it has. To power all these features, in addition, OnePlus 2 has a 3300 mAh battery that can last up to a day!


Camera — Shoot’em

There’s a lot to speak when our subject is the camera section of OnePlus 2. OnePlus 2 comes with rear camera of 13 MP Sensor, with f/2.0 aperture. OnePlus has included Dual LED Flash, giving you best results when you like to shoot at night. The camera offers a lot of features such as Laser-focus — which lets you focus on the precision in one fifth a second —, better Optimal Image Stabilization capabilities and last but not least 4K Video Capturing capabilities. And, yes, you can expect additional features like HDR, Panorama and Geo-tagging. Talking of front camera, OnePlus 2 has a 5MP Camera with 1080p shooting capabilities.


Connectivity — Hell of a Thing

As we said, Snapdragon 801 SoC is meant to prioritize connectivity features, let that be cellular or something else! It does offer a lot, including LTE Connectivity. First of all, dual-SIM feature of OnePlus 2 is to be mentioned and it is one of the reasons why the device can attract more users in countries like India. Keep that apart, OnePlus 2 can work fine with GSM, WCDMA and FDD-LTE bands whereas it comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS + GLONASS, keeping you stay connected wherever you go.

Another note-worthy feature of OnePlus 2 is the USB-c Port. We hope you’ve heard a lot about the latest USB Type-C such as its ability for quicker data transfer and easier charging, for that matter. Considering the time to come, this is a good change towards the best, we suppose. OnePlus 2 is combined with a truly flexible data cable by OnePlus. You can find some additions in terms of ports and buttons too. For instance, there is an alert slider button that lets you to change between All Notifications, Priority Notifications and No Notifications alert profiles of Android — a button, which resembles a lot to iPhone. By the way, resembling its predecessor, there are capacitive buttons, which can be turned off if you prefer on-screen buttons.

Also, OnePlus 2 comes with a fingerprint sensor that can store up to 5 fingerprint profiles; you can simply unlock the phone using your fingers, despite the powerful lock screen of OxygenOS .There’s a LED Notification light and all other required sensors, for that matter. Considering all these, we would like to give a 10-out-of-10 for the connectivity aspect of OnePlus 2. Particularly, we loved its USB Type-C connector.


OxygenOS — a bit More than Android

It’s hard to find a Smartphone that gives you pure Android experience but at the same time has necessary features & capabilities to move on. By bringing OxygenOS — a custom-made version of CyanogenMod 12 — rather than actual-version of CyanogenMod, OnePlus 2 creates a blend of productivity and simplicity, thereby wiping off gimmicks you can expect from a typical flagship device, regardless the manufacturer. For instance, OxygenOS does not miss its off-screen gestures and customizability features we had seen in OnePlus One, but there’s a lot of unwanted stuff that is missing. However, you have noticeable features such as customizable App Permissions, Enhanced audio through the integration with MaxxAudio technology, in-built Swiftkey keyboard that lets you type good, etc. So, if you prefer one minimalistic version of CyanogenMod 12 — which runs on Android v5.1 — without saying goodbye to features you’d loved, you’d love OnePlus 2 and the OxygenOS that is inside.


Pricing & Purchasing OnePlus 2

As we said earlier, there are two variants of OnePlus 2 available in the market — 16GB with 3GB RAM and 64GB with 4GB RAM. So, you have to expect various pricing plans for the device, in different countries. Now, we will have a look to the pricing section of OnePlus 2.

In United States, OnePlus 16GB version is available for $329 and the 64GB version of the same costs $389! On other hand, UK pricing for OnePlus 2 is $339 and $339 for 16 and 64GB versions respectively. When it comes to the Indian scenario, where OnePlus 2 is expected to attract the mass, the 16GB version costs 22999 INR and the other variant is available for 24999 INR. You can find detailed pricing plan in the official forums of OnePlus 2.

As per what the sources say, OnePlus 2 will be available from August 11 and OnePlus follows the invite-based way to let customers have their unit of OnePlus 2. You have to get the invite, claim the invite and use it in 24 hours to have your OnePlus 2 and it may take some time for shipping, as the official OnePlus site says. You can register for invite in the official page of OnePlus and there are chances that you can get the device earlier, if someone leaves their invites behind.

Display 5.5 inch, 1080p Full HD, Corning© Gorilla© Glass4
Dimensions 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm
Weight 6.17 ounces (175 g)
Camera 13 MP, 5MP, Dual-LED
Video 4K resolution
Storage 64 GB/16 GB eMMC v5.0 (available capacity varies)
CPU 64-bit Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPUs
GPU Adreno™ 430
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
SIM Dual sim slots – Nano SIM (DSDS)
Data & Charging Port

USB Type-C

Connectivity GSM, WCDMA, FDD-LTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Operating System OxygenOS based on Android 5.1
Battery Non removable rechargeable 3,300 mAh LiPo battery

Our Verdict

At the end of our review, we’d like to say what OnePlus says about their device — 2016 Flagship Killer. When we are to consider its stunning connectivity features, the minimalistic OxygenOS and an impressive set of hardware, we can just say fine about the device — OnePlus 2 is worth the wait and effort you put on that, we assure.

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