Shenzhen-based OnePlus unveiled its second smartphone, OnePlus 2, in India earlier this month. So what has changed over the last 475 days since the OnePlus One was first released? While the new release may look a lot like its predecessor, there is a substantial upgrade to make you happy.
BUILD AND DESIGN
OnePlus One offered two textures: Silk White and Sandstone Black. The “2016 Flagship Killer”, OnePlus Two, sports a metallic trim: alloy of aluminium and magnesium. StyleSwap back covers – Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar – also allow you to pick your personal look.
Both phones feature 5.5in screens, but OnePlus 2 (151.8×74.9×9.85mm) is a fraction smaller and narrower than last year’s edition (152.9×75.9×8.9mm). It’s also a millimetre chunkier at 175g and a tad bit heavier than the 162g OnePlus One.
PROCESSOR, RAM, BATTERY AND STORAGE
OnePlus Two promises to be a significantly faster and smoother performer than its predecessor. The RAM has been boosted from 3GB to 4GB, and from LPDDR3 to LPDDR4 – for the 64GB model.
The 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip has been swapped with the 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa core. What does that mean for you? It implies smoother multi-tasking and app experience, 4K Ultra HD video streaming, faster photo capture and immersive 3D gaming.
However, as with OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 has no scope for expandable memory.
OnePlus 2’s 3,300mAh battery is a slight improvement on the previous 3,100mAh cell. The new phone is one of the first Android phones with a reversible USB Type-C charging port which will soon be all the rage since it is effortless.
The OnePlus 2 runs on Oxygen 2.0, an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with minor additions. This means “subtle customisations like on screen gestures, dark mode, the ability to switch between hardware and capacitive buttons and toggle quick settings are baked in throughout the OS.” It will also be loaded with custom apps including camera, audio tuner and file manager.
At first glance it seems that the two phones feature the same photography specs. Both have 13Mp rear cameras and a 5Mp selfie camera at the front. However, the OP2 allows you to be a better photographer with large 1.3µm pixels for low light, optical image stabilisation and a laser autofocus (focuses in 0.3 seconds) that offers touch-free focus in under 0.3 seconds.
OnePlus 2 comes with an all-new Alert Slider -a switch on the left side of the device that allows users to toggle between notification styles. You can choose to receive all notifications, no notifications or priority notifications (only those from a designated set of contacts).
The next addition is the awesome fingerprint scanner, also seen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. You can configure up to five fingerprints to work with your device and keep it secure. The fingerprint scanner is operational even when the screen is inactive.
So, what’s our final verdict? Never settle! Ofcourse, you should upgrade. The new improved look, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, hardware and camera performance – all make this new entrant more desirable. What’s more, OnePlus 2 is a great update that is available at a tantalising price of Rs 24,999 for the 64GB model.
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