After all this time, OnePlus has now unveiled the OnePlus Two. I’m not sure how many of you watched it in VR, and it was a pain at first because the entire thing was blurry as can be, but after taking my OnePlus One out of the OnePlus VR set, I hit the HQ icon and changed the settings to high. Finally, a better view of what’s going on. If I must say, what a nice office they have. Carl, Head of Global was our host and provided us with information about the OnePlus Two and we also saw CEO Pete Lau.
Here’s what we know already about the OnePlus Two thanks to some teasers:
- Snapdragon 810 v2.1 64-bit
- 4GB DDR4 RAM
- USB Type C
- Finger print sensor
Now, to the better part of all this. The OnePlus Two comes with an Adreno 430 GPU for providing the best gaming experience, especially when paired with the Snapdragon 810 v2.1. On the back side, you’ll get a 13MP rear facing camera again, but this time, there’s more to it. There’s a sensor pixel size of 1.3 microns which OnePlus states is 35% larger than standard smartphone cameras. They also improved the auto focus to help provide users with even clearer images thanks to the laser auto focus, which takes only 0.3 seconds to produce a clear picture. They’ve also included a 5MP front facing camera.
Screen size comes in at 5.5″ again with a 1080p resolution and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. 16GB/64GB internal storage options are available with no expandable storage. A 3,300mAh battery comes standard along with swappable back covers. Sandstone Black will be available by default, while 4 other back covers will be there to purchase at some point. There’s Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar. Carl does also mention that swapping the back covers is easier than it was with the OnePlus One. Another add on is that dual sim is available and you won’t be losing LTE service. Speaking of add ons, OnePlus did add an alert slider to the phone. It’s similar to the iPhones slider, except there’s 3 positions to put it in. You have the options of no notifications, some notifications, and all notification.
The USB Type C cable has an adapter so you’re able to use older cables. Pretty sweet. As for the fingerprint scanner, you’re allowed up to 5 fingerprints. It was stated that the fingerprint scanner is super fast and even faster than TouchID. Software wise, Oxygen OS is pre-installed and based off of Android Lollipop. The camera app has been updated to be simple and loaded with powerful features including slow motion videos at 120 fps and auto time lapse mode. Also on board with Oxygen OS, app permissions can be disabled as has been slated for release in Android M.
Decent specs to be sure, but the OnePlus Two has a few glaring omissions. Most notably, the phone will be without NFC, wireless charging, and QuickCharge 2.0. For a phone promoted as a “flagship killer” these are odd features to leave out.
Launch date in US, Canada, India, China, and EU is August 11th while Southeast Asia will receive the phone in Q4. Pricing was left out entirely while the event was going on. It was never said. As a funny joke, the lights turned off just as Pete Lau was about to provide us with the cost, but not too long after the event ended, OnePlus posted a video on YouTube, where Pete came back and provided the prices for all the countries it will be available in (see picture below).
With the OnePlus event being over with and their newest “2016 flagship killer” phone, what are your thoughts about it? Do you plan on getting one, if at all possible with the invite system? Leave a comment below, or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.