OnePlus 2: Low-Price Smartphone With Top-End Specs

What? The OnePlus 2 is a low-price smartphone with top-end specs.

When? Invite needed to preorder for release on August 11th in USA, UK and India

How Much? £239 ($329) 3GB RAM/16GB Storage,  £289 ($389) 4GB RAM/16GB Storage.

Half price compared with competing flagship devices like the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, the OnePlus 2 offers both flagship specs and incredible value.OnePlus 2

Hardware

The combination of an shiny aluminium frame and textured plastic back give the OnePlus 2 a familar yet unique look and feel. Weighting 175g and at 9.85mm thick, it’s not the lightest or thinnest smartphone on the market but for a 5.5-inch phone, it’s quite reasonable.

Powering the 5.5-inch, 1080p display (401PPI) is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor that sits alongside either 3GB or 4GB (depending on the model) of fast LPDDR4 RAM. The large 3,300 mAh battery should be more than capable of providing enough power to last you at least a day and a half.

On the front, a 5MP selfie-camera, Home button with integrated fingerprint reader and customisable navigation keys give the OnePlus 2 great form and function.

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On the rear a 13MP f/2.0 camera utilises Optical Image Stablisation and Laser Autofocus technology as well as a dual-LED flash to provide bright and sharp pictures and video (up to 4k).

The phone also includes a 3-position ‘Alert Slider’, similar to iPhone’s mute button, which allows you to cycle through Android Lollipops notification options (all, priority and none). More exciting though is the inclusion of a USB-C connector which is not only reversible (no more faffing around trying to find the right way up!) but also capable of quick data transfer and potentially faster charging.

Unfortunately there are a couple of absent features, most notably there is no wireless or quick-charging technology built in and there’s a surprising absence of NFC (Near-Field Communications).

Software:

The OnePlus 2 ships with Android 5.1 and OnePlus’s own OxygenOS skin on top, as opposed to the full CyanogenMod operating system from last year. It’s a clean skin with minimal extra features, retaining a pleasant near-stock Android experience.

In place of a BlinkFeed or Flipboard feature found on many other Android phones, OnePlus have introduced the ‘Shelf’. Swipe to the left from the home screen and you’ll find a shelf of your favourite contacts and most used apps.

When Can I Get One?

Unfortunately you will only be able to preorder the OnePlus 2 online through an invite system. OnePlus have said they will have significantly more stock compared with last year’s launch meaning it shouldn’t take as long for you and I to get our hands on one. The phone will initially ship to the US, Europe and India on August 11.

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