OnePlus today unveiled the OnePlus 2 smartphone in an event hosted in Delhi. The 64 GB model of OnePlus 2 will be available in India from August 11 for Rs 24,999. The 16 GB version will be launched later this year for Rs 22,999 (we assumed it as OnePlus mentions the starting price of the phone as Rs 22,999 on its website). The company calls it the flagship killer.
The OnePlus 2 looks exactly like its predecessor, the OnePlus One. It has the same classic sandstone back cover featured in OnePlus One, which was loved by many while its haters will rejoice the fact that there are multiple cover options including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar to choose from. Its outer frame is made of aluminium and magnesium that, the company claims, ensures ideal antenna reception and temperature regulation, and increases performance.
There are no logos in the front and the navigation keys also dim and disappear when not in use for a distraction free experience. The OnePlus 2 has an Alert Slider that allows users to switch between three profiles: All Notifications, Priority Interruptions, and No Interruptions – without having to unlock the phone.
It measures 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm and weighs 175 grams.
The OnePlus 2 has a 5.5 inch display that comes with full high definition resolution thus offering 401 ppi pixel density. This LCD display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection as well.
As I said earlier in this article, the OnePlus 2 comes in 16 GB as well as in 64 GB versions. None of the models have expandable storage slot.
Most importantly, the OnePlus 2 offers 4 GB RAM -â€“ an improvement over the OnePlus One that has 3 GB RAM.
The OnePlus 2 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset that has an octa core processor made in 64 bit architecture and Adreno 430 graphics processor.
The OnePlus 2 has a 13 megapixel rear camera that comes with 1.3Âµm light-collecting pixels which the company claims is the largest for any 13 megapixel sensor featured in a smartphone. The camera is armed with f/2.0 aperture and six-element lens to prevent distortion.
Most importantly, it comes with laser autofocus (LG’s high end smartphones like G3 and G4 too has this) that, the company claims, helps this 13 megapixel camera to focus in just 0.2 seconds. It has also Optical Image Stabilisation feature that would ensure a shake-free image. It has also 4K video, slow-motion video, and time lapses features.
For selfies, the OnePlus 2 offers a wide angle 5 megapixel camera in the front.
A big talking point is ofcourse its operating system. After Cyanogen joined hands with Micromax for an exclusively partnership, OnePlus was forced to opt for a new interface and it developed a new one called Oxygen OS which is featured in the OnePlus 2.
The UI offers off-screen gestures, customisable buttons, Dark Mode for a sleek look, SwiftKey keyboard, Maxx audio, app permission system, and custom icons packs. Note that this Oxygen OS is based on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
Many more aspects (defects if any) of the Oxygen OS is yet to be revealed which we will surely reveal in coming times.
Connectivity and Other Features
A highlight of the OnePlus 2 is its finger print sensor. The fingerprint scanner of OnePlus 2 can be used to wake and unlock the device with one of five stored fingerprints in less than half a second, claims the company.
It has Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light sensors too.
It has two nano SIM card slots both of which are capable of offering 4G connectivity.
It has a USB type-C port – the latest version that allows reversible plug orientation so you don’t need to worry about plugging it in upside down. It also offers higher data transfer speeds.
Besides the phone has Bluetooth 4.1, dual band WiFi, GPS with GLONASS, digital compass, bottom facing speakers, dual mic for noise cancellation, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.