OnePlus 2 is now full official and we just checked out if it is as good as it sounds on paper. We are pretty impressed with the OnePlus 2 and here we summarize our initial thoughts.

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OnePlus 2 Specs

  • Display Size: 5.5 Inch IPS LCD Display with 1920 x 1080p HD Resolution, 401 ppi
  • Processor: 1.8 GH GHz octa core Snaodragon 810
  • RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4 / 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Software Version: Android 5.1 lollipop based Oxygen OS
  • Camera: 13 MP rear camera
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP
  • Internal Storage:  16GB/ 64 gGB
  • External Storage:  NO
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • Connectivity:  3G/4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS,  Dual SIM

One Plus Two India Hands on Overview, Features and Comparison [Video]

OnePlus 2 Photo Gallery

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Physical Overview

The semblance of OnePlus One design is evident in the 2, but material used has improved this time. There are several back covers to choose from, including a Kevlar one.

The most noticeable change is the presence of a physical home button look-alike, which is in fact a capacitive key. You can’t press it but it can scan your fingerprint and unlock the device instantly.

Another genuinely interesting addition is the alert key or the mute key, housed on the metallic Aluminum side rim. Also, there is the USB Type C connector at the bottom, which is reversible and that is all there is to it.

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The display looks and feels a lot better when compared to OnePlus One. It has better colors, deeper blacks and is quite bright at maximum brightness for better sunlight visibility. It seems to attract lots of smudges though. The bezels are narrower and on the bottom capacitive navigation keys are present. Hardware buttons give decent feedback.

On the whole it feels more polished  and premium than its predecessor and occupies the same footprint.

User Interface

The Oxygen OS 2.0 looks similar to stock Android Lollipop or the Oxygen OS that we have seen on the OnePlus One. A few new options include granular app permission just as in upcoming Android M, a new dark theme, on screen gesture support and a Google Now like launcher. We didn’t find any UI lag in our initial time with the device. If you like stock android, you will like the new OxygenOS too.

Camera Overview

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The most significant changes include larger pixel size (1.3 micrometer), Laser AF and optical image stabilization. There is wide aperture f2.0 lens on top and you can also record 4k videos and slow motion videos at 120fps. We will still reserve our verdict till we have had more time to play with it but for now, it definitely looks better than the OnePlus One camera.

Competition

OnePlus 2 is the only phone which offers latest Snapdragon 810 for a very affordable price of 25k. It might not have Android flagship attributes like QHD Display, rapid charging or MicroSD card slot, but it still looks like the best offering for its price.

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Common Questions

Here are some answers to common questions, that you might be searching for.

Does it Gorilla Glass 3 or Gorilla Glass 4?

OnePlus 2 comes with Gorilla Glass 3

What are benefits of USB Type C on OnePlus 2?

The USB Type C port on OnePlus is based on USB 2.0 and not on USB 3.0. This means you will not get the advantage of high transfer speed, but can enjoy the reversible port on both ends.

Does it support quick charge 2?

No since it is a USB Type C port, Quick charge 2.0 or any other rapid charging tech is not supported.

How is the loud speaker?

OnePlus is unsing single speaker instead of stereo speakers in the OnePlus 2. The loudspeaker seems reasonably loud.

Does it support double tap to unlock?

Yes, option to double tap and wake the screen is available and works well.

Is there NFC on OnePlus 2?

No NFC has not been included. One cited “most people don’t use it” as the reason for its omission.

Is there option for onscreen buttons?

Yes you can add onscreen buttons.

Is 4G LTE supported in India?

Yes, 4G LTE will be supported in India.

Does it have any heating issues?

In our initial time with the device, it doesn’t seem to heat up much though it still gets warm with heavy usage.

How much is free RAM?

Out of 4 GB, 2.3 GB was free on the hands on device

How much is free storage?

Out of 64 GB, more than 54GB is free on the device.

When will It be available in India?

The 64GB variant with 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM will be available on August 11, but you will need an invite to buy one.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 2 looks like a great deal for its price. Some pieces are still missing, like the NFC or Quick Charge support, and fans celebrating under the “Never Settle” banner will find hard to look past these, but still we appreciate the final product for its price and we think OnePlus has evolved in the right directions.

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