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OnePlus 2 : Here is all that you should know about the latest ‘flagship killer’
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OnePlus 2 : Here is all that you should know about the latest ‘flagship killer’

The 2016’s ‘flagship killer’ is officially announced. After months of carefully orchestrating titbits of information flow, the OnePlus announced their second Smartphone, the OnePlus 2 at a hyped virtual reality launch event today. I woke up eagerly in the morning Indian time to catch up the event in case I lose some interesting interaction but realized the VR telecast was actually a recorded event, nevertheless it was interestingly put, crisp and sleekly done.

OnePlus 2 Specs

Let’s rundown the specs first. Though, most specs has already known to the world much before the release.

Display 5.5-inch LCD, Full HD
Processor 1.8GHz Snapdragon 810
RAM 3 or 4 GB (depending on storage option)
Storage 16 or 64GB storage
Networks US GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8 FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/7/8/12/17EU/India GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/5/8 FDD-LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
Software OxygenOS based on Android 5.1
MicroSD No
Dual-SIM Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fingerprint Scan Yes
Camera 13MP rear
5MP front
Battery 3,300mAh
Dimensions 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm, 175g

The display is the same 5.5-inch and is fullHD, I expected QHD but then fullHD is not bad either for normal eyes. The RAM choice is interesting, if you pick 16GB you get 3GB of RAM and the 64GB comes with 4GB of RAM. With around $60 price difference and no option for microSD card, it would be wiser to pick 64GB version.

Notable hardware features:

The notable inclusion is the USB Type-C port. It’s the future and we will soon see the rest of the OEM’s follow suit. The OnePlus 2 can boast of being the first Smartphone to ship with it and future-proof.

On the front, the OnePlus 2 features a very-Samsung type  home button/fingerprint sensor. It is claimed to unlock the screen in one second. This is a touch-based sensor (no swiping needed) and you can associate multiple fingerprints to it. You can also swap between capacitive buttons and on-screen nav bar.

Alert slider: When you are on a meeting or want to change the profile, no need to get into the phone setting and toggle. The OnePlus 2 comes with an physical slider on the left side of the phone, that lets you switch from full notifications, to priority mode, to silent mode.

The back panel is easy to remove now and there are choice of panels to play around, though by default it ships with the trademark Sandstone black. The StyleSwap covers available are:


  • Sandstone Black
  • Kevlar
  • Black Apricot
  • Bamboo
  • Rosewood

Breathe the Oxygen

The OnePlus 2 runs Oxygen OS, a custom ROM based on Android 5.1. Though Cyanogen OS was the soul of the OnePlus One and gave a cult like following. After the fall out with the Cyanogen, OnePlus quickly came out with their own UI.

Among the key additions to stock Android included in Oxygen OS are:

  • Shelf: A new feature that can be accessed by swiping left from the homescreen. It gives you access to the most used apps and favorite contacts. It reminds me of the G4’s UI. OnePlus claim its still in beta version.
  • off-screen gestures  which opens certain apps by drawing gestures. Sounds similar to those seen in the likes of Lenovo’s Vibe UI.
  • An easy shuffle between dark mode and light mode.
  • Audio Tuner, which lets you select sound presets based on your activity
  • easy notification access
  • custom icon pack support
  • app permissions

 Price and availability

The OnePlus 2 64GB will be available with an invite from August 11 in the India, US and EU. The 16GB version will be available “later” and as I mentioned earlier, it makes a wise decision to buy the bigger capacity since the price difference is nominal. So here is the price.

  • The OnePlus 2 64GB will cost $389
  • The OnePlus 2 16GB will cost $329

In India, the OnePlus Two will be Amazon exclusive for Rs 24,999 and of course it follow an invite system but OnePlus says it will ship faster this time.





0 28 July, 2015 Mobiles July 28, 2015

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The man behind GingerChai Networks from Bangalore, India. His unconventional, non-geeky approach to gadgets and technology lead him to start TechRaman. When not dabbling with gadgets, he also reviews books and movies and drowns himself in cups of tea.

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