#HYPE – Does this ring a bell? If you are following the gadget/smartphone industry then this is one of the top hashtags that has been trending for a while and we have not seen many pull this off – generating so much hype about their upcoming product and why not, OnePlus has a huge fan base which they totally rely on. Most of what they have done so far will be something that not many have done before. Let’s go over them now that the hype train has halted and the OnePlus 2 is officially out!
Moments ago, OnePlus officially launched their second phone, the second flagship killer in a Virtual Reality mode of launch for the entire world – the highly hyped, anticipated OnePlus 2. Let’s quickly run across the specs as that is what matters the most till we come to the pricing:
OnePlus 2 Technical Specifications –
Display: 1080p 5.5” IPS LCD In-Cell display at 401ppi with Gorilla Glass protection
Processor: 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 clocked at 1.8GHz with Adreno 430 GPU
Memory: 64GB and 16GB internal storage, non-expandable
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 (64GB) and 3GB LPDDR4 (16GB)
OS: Oxygen OS 2.0 built off Android Lollipop 5.1.1
Camera: 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, 1.3 µ sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Laser autofocus, 4K video recording support, Slow motion 720p video at 120fps and Time-lapse
Secondary camera: Wide-angle 5MP front-facing camera
Battery: 3300 mAh non-removable lithium-polymer battery
Connectivity: Dual SIM (nano-SIM card) – both support 4G LTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n and 5GHz 802.11a/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, Digital Compass
Others: Fingerprint scanner capable of storing up to 5 unique patterns, USB Type-C charging, 3 profile hardware switch, Capacitive / On-screen buttons
Colors: Sandstone Black out of the box with options for Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar swap covers
Dimensions: 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm
Price: 22,999 INR for 16GB and 24,999 INR for 64GB
So that is what the hype train has delivered. While most of the specs were known via the official leaks, the exact combination of the camera, the form factor, the variants of the phone were closely guarded secrets. Off the top of our minds, we are very curious to test out two things – Oxygen OS and the much bragged about the camera. While the OnePlus One’s main selling proposition when it came out was the elusive Cyanogen OS, this time around the new flagship killer will sport the homegrown Oxygen OS. The first cut of the OS was pretty bare-bones and had some glaring issues like bad battery life that put off many users though it was stable for whatever features it provided. Carl has been posting pics shot on the OnePlus 2 on social media and also stated they are working on bringing certain updates in the next 6-8 weeks that will make the camera on this phone, one of the best ones out there.
This is an exciting phase of 2015. While Samsung, HTC, and LG have already released their flagships for the year, Motorola, Nexus, and Galaxy Note. oops! not to forget the iPhones are yet to come. In the coming months, there will be massive battles that will decide who is the winner on what front. But this phone, for that price, is a KILLER deal!
At the moment, we are in the run to grab hold of an invite – yes, the OnePlus 2 will be sold via the invite model + Amazon combination. Lay our hands on the phone, test it out and come out with our review. Until then, stay hyped!
Pricing and Availability – The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available for purchase through an invite in India starting August 11th for Rs. 24,999 exclusively on Amazon. The 16GB OnePlus 2 variant with 3GB LPPDR4 RAM will be available later this year.
OnePlus fans can visit the popup experience centers in Delhi and Bangalore on July 31st to sign up for an invite and be one of the first to see the OnePlus 2.