OnePlus 2 is finally here, ending months of wait for the fans and speculation by the users. The new smartphone costs Rs 24,999(64GB variant), will be available starting August 11 and comes with several features that no other smartphone offers at this price point.
OnePlus 2 specification and features
As you might know, quite a few specs and features were announced before the OnePlus 2 so we’re going to recap on those first, then crack on with the new hardware and features. So, we already knew that the OnePlus 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (version 2.1), a fingerprint scanner, 4GB of RAM and reversible Type-C USB.
Storage and memory
Although OnePlus announced that the OnePlus 2 will have 4GB of RAM, this is not the case for both models. You’ll need to buy the 64GB capacity because the 16GB OnePlus 2 comes with 3GB of RAM instead.
The display on the OnePlus 2 remains at 5.5in with a Full HD resolution (1080 x 1920). The firm has said it’s an IPS panel with a 178 degree viewing angle and a brightness of 600nits which compares to 559nits of the iPhone 6.
The rear camera on the OnePlus 2 remains at 13Mp and still has the dual-LED flash. The firm says it has an f/2 aperture, 1.3μm pixels and six lenses to avoid distortion and colour aberration. Other features include optical image stabilisation (OIS), a laser auto focus (under 0.3 second) and 4K video recording. Support for shooting in RAW will also be added via a software update ‘shortly after launch’.
At the front, there’s still a 5Mp camera which is wide-angle to fit as much into a selfie as possible.
We knew about the fingerprint scanner but here are some more details on it. For starters it resides in a new physical home button located below the screen like the Galaxy S6. OnePlus says you can use it to unlock the phone faster than the iPhone in under 0.5 seconds. It also supports up to five prints.
A new feature of the OnePlus 2 is the Alert Slider which you’ll find on the left side of the device. This has three positions so you can quickly switch between different notification profiles: None (all notifications apart from alarms), Priority (only allows notifications from priority contacts) and All (allows any notification).
Connectivity: Dual-SIM and Type-C USB
The OnePlus 2 comes with dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 4G LTE, dual Nano-SIM slots and a digital compass. The Type-C USB port means you can plug in the cable either way round (like Apple’s Lightning cable) but OnePlus has also used patented technology so you can plug an existing Type-A cable in whichever way you like, too. The supplied cable is reversible at both ends, not just at the phone.
One of the last hardware components to mention is the battery which is 3300mAh which is a little larger than the OnePlus One which has a 3100mAh battery.
With a similar size and shape to the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 is similar on the dimensions front but is a little different. It’s now 152x75x9.85mm and 175 g compared to 153 x76x8.9mm and 162g.