“A new player with a decent design and interesting features”
OnePlus is a new Android smartphone manufacturer, from China, that broke the market in 2014 with a beautiful device that presented some interesting features at an affordable price. This firs device’s goals were low-cost, high-performance, astonishing design and impressing features. Did they manage to pull it off? Well, the OnePlus 2 is on the market so they probably did something good with the first version.
For a price range that moves between $350 and $390, the OnePlus 2 could be “flagship killer” they boast to be. It is indeed an affordable phone, especially if compared with flagships like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ or iPhone 6S Plus where the users’ budget must be generous.
The phone is big, but it does look more polished and slimmer than its predecessor, the OnePlus One. It runs on the latest Android OS fact that allows it to be fast and punchy and it does implement a powerful hardware configuration that could boost the device in the top of most preferred phones. Still, don’t get too excited! The OnePlus too continues to be a new entry in the world of high-end smartphones and they still have a lot to learn. For example, there is no NFC integration and no MicroSD slot for expandable storage. There are also a few software bugs that must addressed.
With a 5.5 inch display that supports Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels) and a density of 401 pixels, the OnePlus 2 comes low compared with its main competitors like Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4. The LTPS LCD capacitive Touchscreen supports 16M colors, but its color representation is less bright and vivid, fact that might make the display look a bit flat and washed out. Still, images and videos do look good on the display even though they don’t come out as vibrant and full of life.
The main engine on this device is a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 810 chipset that implements four cores running at 1.5GHz and four other cores running at 1.8GHz. The OnePlus preferred this processor configuration because the Snapdragon 810 is the chipset that become popular due to its overheating thermal throttling problems. By keeping it underclocked, the device manages to keep things cool and under control.
The Adreno 430 GPU and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM memory complete the configuration and back the phone up in any endeavor. Just like every high-end device, the OnePlus 2 is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, and Bluetooth 4.1 for a fast connectivity and better user experience.
The Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery is more powerful than the one implemented on the LG G4, but, inspite of that, it will only get the phone only through a solid day of usage. It may seem odd considering that other devices, with more demanding screens implement less powerful batteries and get the same results. This happens because manufacturers managed to control the battery usage by implementing battery optimization rules. Sadly, the only optimization implemented by the OnePlus 2 is the Android Battery Saver that comes with the OS.
The build quality is pretty solid and manages to give the impression of a more expensive phone. Also, the presentation is very nicely realized as the phone’s box is a vivid red which highlights the device inside.
The OnePlus 2 does look a lot like its predecessor, keeping the same simple design with straight lines and curved corners, but it does implement a new edge that highlights the screen and makes the device look better.
The back cover is removable and this allows users to refresh their devices any time and place by simply swapping the covers.
Camera & Features
OnePlus 2 comes with a 13MP camera with dual-LED flash and laser autofocus that supports an F/2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization. Users can record 4K but they are limited at only 10 minutes of video activity.
The camera app is very similar with the one used by Google and allows for HD slow motion at 120fps, beautifying, time lapse and panorama.
- Great design and quality build
- Decent screen
- Good performance
- No battery optimization options
- It’s not yet prepared to join the big league
Even though OnePlus 2 has some flaws and must rethink some of its features, it is a high quality phone that comes at an affordable price. The OnePlus could definitely be a serious competitor on markets like Europe and USA in the next few years!