OnePlus 2 – Preview

phonegain-OnePlus-2The rumor frenzy regarding the One Plus 2 is finally over. Its definitive specs and official imagery have finally been released. If you have no idea what the One Plus line of phones is, it’s hard to throw any blame. The first One Plus started off as a self-titled flagship-killer, or more simply put, a powerful, user oriented smartphone for less. Large sales was not the marketing strategy used, but rather a somewhat exclusivist online invitation only sales pitch. The same has remained true, but we can expect a greater amount of them initially produced, about 50 times more,  and an easier chance of receiving an invite as well as a too good to be true price tag that come with it.


The Design

Externally, it’s pretty much a standard bar design with a removable, slightly arched battery cover. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but it’s well built and stylish. Now, regarding the cover, it’s where the phone is starting to show its glamour. The so called StyleSwap feature gives you several unique options.

The first one is pretty unassuming, a plastic material black textured satin finish called Sandstone Black which is a bit different from the main staple of gloss, weird texturing and funky rubber.  Then we get crazy, the next one up is Kevlar®. Yes, Kevlar®, not Kevlar, the same stuff in bullet proof vests and the like. If that doesn’t satisfy you and are looking for stylish refinement, check out the three real wood grain options: Bamboo, Rosewood and Black Apricot.

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OnePlus 2 Style Swap

Further on, something to be both happy about and slightly wary. The One Plus 2 has done away with the microUSB interface in favor of the Type-C USB, which on the up side has you covered for the future and on the downside it’s not yet widely used and can be a bit of a hassle.

Button placement is pretty vanilla for such a smart phone, except the 3-position Alert Slider on the left which fully integrates with Android’s Notification and can be used while the phone is locked to switch between three profiles:  All Notifications, Priority Interruptions, and No Interruptions.


The Hardware

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Oxygen OS Gestures

The One Plus 2 will come in two flavors, one with 32Gb internal storage and 3Gb RAM and the premium one with 64Gb storage and a whooping 4Gb of RAM, which is otherwise identical. The rest of the specs are pretty much flagship material, with an octacore processor, 13 MP camera and a 5, 5 inches TFT LCD of around 441 pixel density. Another interesting thing that we have to wait to test out the new home-brew android, Oxygen OS that the One Plus 2 will run instead of the Cyanogen of the One Plus.


 Technical Specifications

DISPLAY

Type:

LTPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size:

5.5 inches with ~73.3% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution:

1080 x 1920 pixels at ~401 ppi pixel density

Protection:

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Custom UI:

Oxygen UI

BODY

Size:

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm(5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 in)

Weight:

138 g (4.87 oz)

Colors:

White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz

Battery:

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh

USB:

microUSB v2.0, Type-C reversible connector

SIM Card:

Nano-SIM

HARDWARE & OS

Operating System:

Android OS, v5.1 Lollipop

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810

CPU:

8-Cores: Quad-core Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57

GPU:

Adreno 430

MEMORY & STORAGE

Card Slot:

N/A

Internal Storage

16/64 GB

RAM:

4GB

CAMERA

Primary:

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash

Secondary

5 MP, [email protected]

Video:

[email protected],2160p(DCI)@24fps, [email protected], [email protected]

Features:

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR

COMMUNICATIONS

Network:

GSM / HSPA / LTE

WiFi

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth:

v4.1, A2DP

GPS:

A-GPS; GLONASS;

Infrared:

Yes

Radio:

?

NFC:

N/A

SENSORS

Sensors:

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

AUDIO/VIDEO

Video Playing Format:

Soon to come…

Audio Playing Format

 Soon to come…

Video Playing Resolution:

 Soon to come…

BATTERY

Capacity:

3300

Talk Time 3G WCDMA

 Soon to come…

Internet Usage Time 3G:

 Soon to come…

Internet Usage Time Wi-Fi:

 Soon to come…

Audio Playback Time:

 Soon to come…

Video Playback Time:

 Soon to come…

 The Conclusion – so far

Save for the 4 Gb of ram there’s not really much about this phone to go crazy about, if it weren’t for its price tag that falls in the mid to high 300$ (announced 329$ for standard and 389$ for premium) . We’ve so far got the numbers, but will have to wait until August to know for sure if the One Plus 2 will live up to its moniker of flagship-killer.