OnePlus 2 Specs & Review

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Dubbed as the “2016 Flagship Killer” by the company, the OnePlus 2, company’s latest flagship smartphone has finally being launched in first of its kind launch. The phone which was long awaited by the tech savvy generation has come with improved looks and specs. The company will be offering 2 variants; one is a 16GB in-built storage model with 3GB DDR4 RAM priced at Rs 22,999 and other is a 64GB in-built storage model with 4GB DDR4 RAM priced at Rs 24,999. At these specifications, there is no competition for this Chinese “Flagship Killer” smartphone as yet although another Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi will be launching its latest smartphone MI5 soon.

It would be worth to watch how tough a competition can the upcoming MI5 will be for OnePlus 2. The 64GB variant will be available through the invite system only from 11 August exclusively via Amazon and the 16GB variant will available later this year.

Design

The phone looks quite different from what its predecessor used to look like. The company has re-designed the edges of the smartphone which gives it quite a unique look. On the other hand, the back cover of the OnePlus 2 has the same sandstone finish which was present in the earlier smartphone. The phone comes with removable back panel and the body is slightly curvy giving the phone some extra grip. The volume rocker buttons along with the power key are situated on the right of the smartphone and on the left side is Alert slider button which lets you toggle notifications easily.

On the top is a 3.5mm audio jack and at the bottom is situated USB-C type charging port situated between the twin speaker grill making it the first such phone with type C port in the subcontinent.

On the back is situated the phone’s 13MP camera along with the dual flash and laser auto-focus system. Just below it is the company’s branding of one plus logo. The rough sandstone texture on the back gives a sturdy feel to the phone.

Display

The OnePlus 2 has a 5.5inch 1080p full HD display with pixel density of 401ppi. It has a resolution of 1920X1080 pixels. The phone uses in-cell LCD type display thus enabling thinner and lighter display and also allowing the manufacturer more freedom in terms of design. On the top, the phone has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to protect it from falls and accidents. The display has an impressive 1500:1 contrast ratio which brings the display to life.

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Connectivity

The phone comes with dual SIM support with both the SIMs supporting 4G LTE. It supports nano SIM cards. The phone also comes with Dual-band Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz b/g/n and 5GHz a/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS among others. The company has discontinued NFC in OnePlus 2 which was present in OnePlus One. The phone also has finger print scanner and user can register up to 5 prints which the phone can memorise. Also the phone has done away with SIM tray and one can easily access SIM by removing the back panels.

OS, Chipset, Battery

OnePlus Two comes with android 5.1 with company’s own OxygenOS which is different from company’s last phone which supported CyanogenOS. The Oxygen OS is quite similar to the stock android except for some few refinements which gives it a fresh touch over stock android phones. It has features like left swipe for contacts and so on.

The phone sports a lot of power under its hood. The “Flagship Killer” sports Qualcomm’s flagship chipset Snapdragon 810 processor which has a quad-core Cortex A57 and a quad-core Cortex A53 and has the Adreno 430 GPU. This is paired with 4GB of RAM for the 64GB storage variant. The 16GB storage variant OnePlus 2 will come with 3GB of RAM.

The phone packs a 3300mah battery which should normally keep the phone up for a whole day. The battery is an upgrade form last phone’s 3100mah battery but unlike OnePlus One, the new phone doesn’t come with Qualcomm’s quick charge function.

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Camera

The OnePlus Two packs a remarkable camera and is a big UP from its predecessor. The phone sports a 13MP camera with a pixel size of 1.3 micron which comes along with optical image stabilizer which helps in taking blur free images. The phone also has a laser auto mechanism which helps it in quick focus in reduced times. The front has a 5MP camera which takes decent selfies. As the phone has a different OS from is predecessor, the camera interface in OnePlus Two is also different.

Verdict

Considering the price of the phone, the OnePlus Two has already impressed a lot of people as the price expected was much higher than the actual price. The phone has impressive specification but it is yet to be tested in normal usage.

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