The OnePlus 2 is one of the most anticipated phones of this year, and with good reason. Last year the Chinese company gave us one of the best devices of 2014, competing with well established flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8 and the LG G3 but at half the price of those smartphones. One year later we find ourselves just 3 days away from the official announcement on July 27. For a few weeks now, OnePlus has been slowly revealing some of the new features and specifications of its new upcoming “flagship killer” on its Twitter account and they look pretty awesome. So I decided to gather all the information we have so far about the 2 for you to read in this one article.
Specs are what give smartphones their power and help them stand out from competing smartphones. Whether it’s more RAM, a newer processor, or more megapixels on its camera, almost every flagship nowadays tries to be the first to pack a newer, more powerful spec to boast about. Here are the specs we know so far the OnePlus 2 will feature:
- Snapdragon 810 processor (v2.1)
- 4GB of RAM
- 3300 mAh battery
- Dual SIM
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint sensor
- 13-megapixel camera at f/2.0
- Oxygen OS
Talk about future-proof specs!
Some things like screen size and resolution and storage capacity are unknown, but we only have to wait 3 more days in order to discover that. One thing I can say though, best specs in a flagship we’ve seen in 2015, and I doubt a lot of other flagships will be able to match them this year.
Undoubtedly, the most impressive thing about the OnePlus 1 was its price. While other flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 started at $650 USD, the OnePlus 1 was priced at $299 for the 16 GB model, and $349 for the 64 GB model. We don’t have the exact price of the OnePlus 2, but Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, took to twitter to announce the new flagship will cost less than $450. That’s a small disappointment, but it’s still $200 cheaper than Samsung’s (and most other companies’) flagship. And with those specs I have nothing to argue against the decision of a slightly higher price.
The OnePlus 1 had a very premium design, something that not every smartphone manufacturer can achieve. Recent leaks show the OnePlus 2 with a similar design and a Sandstone Black option that a lot of people seemed to like in the OnePlus 1.
We have yet to see if OnePlus will introduce interchangeable backplates like we saw for a time with the 1 to personalize the device a little more.
Last year getting your hand on a new OnePlus 1 was a pain. The invite system was a mess. Due to the limited resources the company had, it could not simply manufacture large quantities of the device. You had to receive an invite to buy the device, and they were really hard to get. This year, although you will still need an invite, OnePlus has taken several steps to improve the system.
The company will have a larger stock of OnePlus 2 units than last year’s 1, but that won’t be enough for every person who wants to get his hands on the new flagship. There’s also now going to be a reservation list, allowing buyers to get in a virtual line. So you will no longer need to spend your time in the company’s forums all day begging people for an invite.
Lastly, there is going to be a shareable invite system. Once you do get your hands on the OnePlus 2, you will be able to push friends to the front of the line, hopefully speeding up the entire ordering process.
So we know several impressive specs, we know the price will be more or less affordable, and hopefully the new invite system will work better. We just need to wait for the official announcement to see the device for ourselves. OnePlus will hold an event on July 27 and unveil the device in a unique VR experience.
And only time will tell if the OnePlus 2 is really another “flagship killer”.