OnePlus 2 unboxing video, initial impressions
Announced just 3 weeks ago, the OnePlus Two claims to be a 2016 flagship killer by the company. Boasting of a new Qualcomm 810 processor and 4GB DDR4 RAM, the OnePlus 2 looks like a beast of a smartphone on paper, especially with the very affordable suggested retail price.
The OnePlus 2 packs some pretty good hardware configuration. It uses the latest chip and loads a lot of extra features that are normally only offered with flagship devices.
There are actually two variants of the OnePlus Two — one with a 3GB RAM and 16GB storage while the other has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
OnePlus 2 specs:
5.5-inch In-Cell full HD Display @ 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 64-bit octa-core processor
3GB / 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
16GB / 64GB internal storage
13MP rear camera w/ OIS, 1.3 micron pixels, Laser AF, dual-tone flash
Slow-mo video at 120fps, 4K video recording
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-LTE (nano-SIM) 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
WiFi 802.11 a/c
Fingerprint sensor (up to 5 unique fingerprints)
Alert Slider (hardware switch for notifications settings)
3,300mAh Li-Po battery
OxygenOS (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop)
151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85mm (dimensions)
175 grams (weight)
On paper, the OnePlus 2 looks like your typical flagship made by Samsung or LG so one would wonder why they are claimign to be flagship killers for 2016 when most high-end 2015 smartphones have similar configuration. Until you check the prices — $329 (Php15,000) for the entry-level model and $389 (Php17,500) for the top-end model. At those prices, we agree that no other flagship can match those price points which is about half the price of other competitors.
The OnePlus 2 also comes with laser autofocus which allows for faster focusing time resulting to better image quality. The photos and videos are crisp and crisp which is almost as good as that of the Galaxy S6 or Note 5.
Popularized by Apple in the iPhone 5S, fingerprint sensors are becoming a standard nowadays with Samsung also implementing the same since the Galaxy S5 two years ago. The OnePlus 2 comes with the same accurate fingerprint sensor to provide password-less access to the user and doubles as a home button.
Perhaps the biggest advancement that the OnePlus 2 introduced is the use of the USB Type C charging and data cable. This allows for faster charging and much better data transfer rates (theoretically up to 10Gbps). Few other devices have these — the new Apple Macbook 2015 and the latest Chromebooks from Asus. It is ahead of its time but the problem is you’ll always have to bring the charger with you as USB Type C cables are expensive and hard to come by.
OnePlus has been developing their own custom OS, OxygenOS, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The advantage is that they are able to optimize the operating system with the device to get the best performance possible.
Check out out unboxing video below.
In running our standard benchmark tools, the OnePlus 2 managed to get a score of 54,309. As for battery life, we got a result of 9 hours and 45 minutes from its 3,300mAh battery. That’s slightly higher than the 9 hours, 32 minutes that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ got for its 3,000mAh battery.
The problem with the OnePlus 2 is that it is on a limited release and interested buyers need to get an invitation before they can order.
The OnePlus 2 is not officially released in the Philippines and we don’t think it will ever be. Fortunately, you can still get one from WidgetCity for only Php20,990. See listing here.