Chinese Smartphone maker, OnePlus made its debut in the Smartphone industry with OnePlus One which made a bold prediction. Due to which, people believed OnePlus two to be 2016 Flagship Killer.
We’re still about halfway though 2015 and surely you would have heard about that Xiaomi Mi 5 launching this week? And the two new iPhones coming out in September?
The OnePlus One was priced at half of what Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S5 cost, and was just was powerful. It shook up smartphone pricing and redefined what customers came to expect from mid-tier smartphones.
Well, OnePlus is back for round two !
The OnePlus 2 is a high-end 5.5-inch phablet that costs Rs. 24,999 for a 64 GB version. It will be available exclusively on Amazon from Tuesday, August 11 as long as you have an invite (ugh). There are already 3 million people ahead of you.
However, last year the Chinese manufacturer managed to sell over 5,00,000 devices with a marketing budget of just $300). The OnePlus One sold over 1.5 million units.
What’s better in this phone than the OnePlus One?
The OnePlus 2 (left) improves upon the OnePlus One in many ways. There’s an Alert Slider, a physical switch that lets you toggle between three different sound profiles — None (disables all notifications), Priority (notifications only from important contacts) and All—without having to fiddle around with settings on the screen. The iPhone has had a hardware button to do this since it launched in 2007, but on Android, this is unprecedented
Unlike the iPhone, which needs you to wake up the device first before activating the fingerprint scanner, the OnePlus 2 can be unlocked even when the screen is off, which is much faster.
Note: If having a removable battery and a microSD card slot is important for you, the OnePlus 2 doesn’t offer either, although a 64 GB model should be enough for most people.
The OnePlus is powered by the Snapdragon 810 chipset and 4 GB RAM — yeah, it’s a real screamer — and handles everything from quickly switching between multiple apps to 3D games just fine. And no, it never got uncomfortably hot, something that was a major conern before it launched, because this particular chipset had known heating issues.
Initially the major concern was, about the phone’s battery life till it received a last-minute software update, which got it about 14 hours — not bad but not great. It charges via USB-C, a new type of connector that lets you plug in the cable any way you want (no more fumbling!). On the flip side, no one around you will have a spare one (Charger) if you forget yours at home.
The OnePlus One also skips NFC, a popular technology in almost all high-end smartphones that lets tap your phone to make payments or pair other accessories such as speakers.
What’s the camera like?
It’s much better than the OnePlus One. Its 13 megapixel images are full of detail and free of graininess in low light.
So What’s the verdict?
OnePlus has done it again by making a refined product that ticks off most, if not all, checkboxes for devices that cost twice as much. It begs the question: if a two-year-old startup can offer such killer value for relatively little money, why would anyone pay outrageous amounts of cash to Samsung or LG?
Skip the OnePlus Two if you already own the OnePlus One. But if you don’t — and if you can get an invite — I recommend it strongly.