Yesterday OnePlus in their usual fanfare had the announcement for the OnePlus 2 via virtual reality using their special version of Cardboard that insists that you never settle. Leading up to the announcement, we already knew a select number of things about the device including the fact that it would be powered by everyone’s favorite (/s) Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, come with a fingerprint scanner, and have a price point of “less than $450.”
The OnePlus 2 Is Officially official
and we have pictures of it and everything.
Below are the specs for the 2015 OnePlus flagship:
So let’s take a look at this thing, shall we? First of all, there are two models, like last year. Only this year, the extra $50 gets you not only the major bump from 16GB to 64GB of internal storage, it also bumps you from 3GB to 4GB of RAM. The former of which is going to cost $329 and the latter $389, which you’ll note is $30 more than the company was charging for the OnePlus One when it launched last year.
Overall, the device seems very interesting, but some of their design choices are questionable. First of all, we have been made to understand (and this has been confirmed by Android Police) that NFC has been dropped from the list of connectivity options for the OnePlus 2, because according to OnePlus, “We heard from a lot of users of the One and saw most of our users weren’t using NFC.” *sighs*
Honestly, I don’t use NFC much on my phone (the OnePlus One, for those that are curious) but that’s mostly for lack of infrastructure in the US, not because I don’t care to use it. I’m sure that OnePlus isn’t lying, but they seem to have quickly forgotten that they are selling an enthusiast device and those types of people want to have NFC for Android Pay. Anytime someone asks me what phone I carry and I reply with OnePlus One, I inevitably get a, “what’s that?” Indeed, most people aren’t willing to contend with an invite system to buy their phone and if you aren’t adept with Twitter or Google+ you probably don’t see their advertisements.
Another note from Android Police was that the OnePlus 2, despite having the “latest and greatest” that Qualcomm has to offer, doesn’t support any kind of Quick charging and neither does it support wireless charging. Perhaps these were heat-related choices, considering the SoC. Given this information and a comment from OnePlus, it will take “under 3 hours and 20 minutes” to charge the 3300 mAh battery from 0 to 100%.
To make up for dropping features that exist in just about every other flagship smartphone in the world, however, they added some new buttons and switches. As we’ve known since before the announcement, there were plans to add a fingerprint scanner to the OnePlus 2. If you look at photos, it looks like OnePlus took a page out of Samsung’s book when designing said fingerprint scanner, but it’s not actually a physical button, it’s just a capacitive button with an oval around it. Hopefully Oxygen OS will let you make it into just an oval on the bottom of the phone, but we will see.
In addition, the button configuration on the sides of the phone has been moved around to make room for a three-position switch on the left side of the phone. It works a lot like the switch on the iPhone, actually, allowing you to pop it over quickly to change the phone from full volume to priority or fully muted notifications, or any combination thereof.
Styleswap is also a thing again and this time it’s actually going to happen…you know, probably.
The OnePlus 2 will start shipping on August 11, but only the 64GB version is available for now and only if you have an invite, in typical OnePlus fashion. I’ve reached out to OnePlus about getting a review unit and hopefully will have that sometime in mid-August so I can give you a full review of the device. For now, for most of us, it’s only a dream.