Finally, OnePlus has taken the wraps off of their newest OnePlus 2 smartphone. The announcement was quite unusual as already expected. Virtual Reality truly made the whole experience much friendly and interesting. OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, took us on a fun journey within OnePlus headquarters. We got to meet some of the key personalities behind OnePlus and also engage with partners like Qualcomm.
OnePlus 2 truly sounds to be one of the most exciting smartphones to reach users this year. The specs are top of the line and yes, we already knew them coming in to the announcment. OnePlus 2 will feature 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm 810 V2.1 processor, fingerprint scanner, 5.5 inch 1080p display along with a 13MP camera. The camera is said to be quite powerful due to Optical Image Stabilization and the large 1.3 micron sensor which lets in more light presumably providing better low-light performance. Ports and buttons include USB-C and a new Alert slider. Another thing which we appreciate is the change-able back covers. OnePlus is calling them StyleSwap.
This time however, we saw that the company has truly matured and Pete continuously reminded us how OnePlus is focused on the experience more than ever this time. They think making a good smartphone doesn’t account only for the highest end specs but the experience is what counts. If we take a look at the design, lot of it comes from the original OnePlus. This is a good thing because there was nothing wrong with the OnePlus One design to fix or change. The camera placement has shifted and there is a more stronger Magnesium-Aluminium alloy rim around the phone. Also, they have incorporated the new Alert slider, similar to iPhone’s silent button.
OnePlus 2 will ship with latest OxygenOS. This isn’t a pure Android ROM but rather is close to it with some subtle changes. These changes include native icon pack integration, a system-wide dark mode which can be configured with different colors. By the looks, OnePlus has truly nailed it with their software and listened to user demands.
Is it truly the “2016” flagship killer as said by Pete? We are quite confident, what are your thoughts?