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The 2015 ‘Flagship Killer’ One Plus Two Announced Finally!

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After a number of teasers in the recent months, the self-proclaimed ‘flagship killer’, One plus Two has finally been Announced today. As we all know, One plus aims to provide flagship level specs at a price which does not leave a very big whole in one’s pocket. That’s exactly what they are doing with this years flagship as well. There are two variants available:

  • The OnePlus 2 64GB with 4 GB RAM will cost $389
  • The OnePlus 2 16GB with 3 GB RAM will cost $329

There’s a little bit of disappointment with the 3 GB RAM on the 16 GB variant, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem for a while.

So What’s New

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Left: One plus one; right: One plus two

It’s safe to say that there is nothing ground breaking about this new device, but it’s no slouch either. So here’s what makes this device a worthy upgrade from the previous  years iteration:

  • 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor with 3 GB/4GB of RAM
  • 5.5″ Full HD screen
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera. Same specs on paper as previous year, but a better performer.
  • 3300 mAh battery. Should do quite well with only a full HD screen to support instead of a qHD.
  • Oxygen OS based on 5.1.1 Lollipop, instead of Cyanogenmod from last year.
  • A new ‘sound profile’ switch similar to the ones seen on iPhones.
  • A finger print scanner!
  • The first phone with USB Type C

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The spec sheet does sound impressive, specially for that incredible price

Build Quality

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The One plus Two shines in this department as well with its aluminum-magnesium frame going around the sides of the phone, while the buttons and other accents are stainless steel. It’s a great addition, that should make the device feel even nicer. The camera on the back has been moved slightly towards the center of the device. Also, there is the Samsung-like home button on the fron which is actually a touchpad and acts as a fingerprint scanner. The highlight of the build are the swappable back covers.

The OnePlus 2 will be available in the following finishes:

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

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Software

The device runs Oxygen os based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1, which is almost identical to stock. The software allows using on screen buttons and interchanging the physical buttons for back and multitasking as per preference. Home button can be used for assigning shortcuts like camera on double tapping and Google Now on a long press.

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

  • Audio Tuner, which lets you select sound presets based on your activity
  • off-screen gestures (draw a “V” to open the flashlight)
  • easy notification access
  • custom icon pack support
  • dark mode
  • app permissions
  • an enhanced file manager
  • and a new feature called Shelf

 

Cons

  • No removable battery
  • Lack of SD card slot
  • No quick charging (takes around 3 hours to charge though its too early too judge)
  • Invites required to purchase the device

On paper, this device definitely is on par with the this years flagship like the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, but only its real world performance will decide its fate. For INVITES, head over to this link

For more insight on the device, check out this video by MKBHD: