Earlier in the morning, OnePlus launched its new flagship smartphone the OnePlus 2. On paper the smartphone is really impressive, as the Chinese company yet again pushes the boundaries what a flagship killer can offer. Some of the international media got their hands on the new smartphone. Here s a roundup of some of their first impression.
Let s start off with the specifications and features though. The OnePlus 2 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor, 3GB/4GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB internal storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. It also includes 13-megapixel rear camera with OIS and laser autofocus, 5-megapixel selfie camera, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, and LTE. On the software front, it runs on Lollipop-based Oxygen OS.
Despite these high-end specifications, much of the talk is surrounding on the OnePlus 2 s looks, which are much more premium than its predecessor. In the photos we have seen so far, the flagship just looks fabulous, and The Verge too echoes these feelings,
On the surface, the OnePlus 2 is very similar to its predecessor. It s still the same 5.5-inch device, but the body material is significantly nicer this time most of the frame is made of aluminum, but the back keeps the textured, grippy material featured on last year s phone. That back is easier to replace this time; OnePlus showed me a handful of new backs including two wooden options and a kevlar back that brings to mind Verizon s never-ending parade of Droids. The combo of the unusual textured back with the shiny metal frame looked great to me, and the Moto X-like contour of the phone meant that it nestled into my hand and felt a bit smaller than such a large phone should feel.
Gizmodo s Sean Hollister too shares similar thoughts.
The moment you touch this phone, you won t believe it costs just $330. Why? Because in terms of materials and build quality, it s only a stone s throw away from the best you can buy: Samsung, LG and HTC devices that cost hundreds more.
A special shout out also goes to the Alert Slider button. Hardware toggle buttons are not usually associated with Android smartphones, and OnePlus is changing that with its new flagship. This button essentially lets users toggle between the kind of notification alerts they want at any given time. Having used the smartphone for a bit, the publications are all impressed.
AndroidCentral s Russell Holly writes,
Hardware notification toggles aren’t usually a part of the Android experience, but now that OnePlus has deployed this alert slider it’s hard to imagine any other way to quickly jump between modes.
The Verge s Nathan Ingraham writes,
There s also a three-position switch on the side of the phone that lets you cycle through the three default notification settings in Android Lollipop (all, priority, and none). I use an iPhone pretty frequently and am very used to using the side switch to silence sounds, so having a more granular hardware switch on the OnePlus 2 is a very welcome addition.
The fingerprint scanner too is quick, just as was advertised by OnePlus. Ingraham writes,
Another new addition is the front-facing fingerprint unlock sensor, and it does indeed work as advertised. With the phone locked, it only took barely a second of laying my finger on the sensor to get the phone open and ready for use. Much like the iPhone, you have to back up the fingerprint sensor with a traditional on-screen lock, but whatever sensor and software OnePlus are using here seem like a very reliable combo.
There doesn t seem to be any issues with performance or the software at this point. ArsTechnica s Megan Geuss writes,
The software felt speedy as well, and Oxygen OS comes with some interesting features that merit more time exploring than we had to give during our hands-on. Some of these include off-screen gestures (if you draw an O on your sleeping phone s screen, it will open the camera, for example); customizable color-coded notifications; and a new feature, still in beta, called Shelf,” which basically organizes your most-used apps and contacts, made accessible by swiping right on the screen. Oxygen OS also comes with custom camera, audio tuner, and file manager apps.
Holly too continues in the same vein,
The OS is plenty snappy, and if you’re a fan of Nexus-style Android you’ll feel right at home with this version of Android 5.1.1. There’s plenty of subtle differences, like the ability to adjust your quick settings and a special Dark Mode with your choice of color accents, but overall it’s a simple, fast experience.
Overall impressions for all those who got their hands on the smartphone is largely positive.
OnePlus has successfully pulled off another smartphone launch, and they did so in their own unique way. We’ve walked away from this hands on eagerly awaiting more time to explore this experience, and before too long we’ll see exactly how much this company has improved from their first design to their second.
If I m being a good, unbiased journalist, I d say wait for the reviews. But personally, I have to wonder if it s time to leave Verizon and give it a go myself. After the OnePlus One, the Nexus 5 and the Sony Z3 Compact, I m tired of missing out on great unlocked Android phones.
The OnePlus 2 will go on sale in India on August 11. The 64GB variant is priced at Rs 24,999 and will be available exclusively via Amazon India. The 16GB variant will be priced at Rs 22,999, and will go on sale later in the year.